Spotlight on Congress

MapLight research on the influence of money and politics in U.S. Congress.

Doc Hastings to Chair House Natural Resources Committee

Dec. 17, 2010 -- Doc Hastings (R-Wash) will replace West Virgina Democrat Nick Rahall as chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee for the 112th Congress.

House Republicans Tap John Kline to Head Education and Labor Committee

Dec. 17, 2010 -- Rep. John Kline (R-Minn)  was selected to replace George Miller (D-Calif.) to lead the House Committee on Education and Labor.

House Science and Technology Committee to be Chaired by Ralph Hall of Texas

Dec. 17, 2010 -- Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas) will be replacing the current chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee, Tennessee Democrat Bart Gordon in the 112th Congress.

Jeff Miller to Chair the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Dec. 17, 2010 -- According to an article in the New York Times, Rep. Jeff Miller will be the chairman for the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs beginning with the 112th Congress. Miller will replace California Democrat Bob Filner.

Corn Belt Senators Push Back Against Eliminating Ethanol Subsidies

Dec. 17, 2010 -- The following chart details campaign contributions that pro-subsidy Senators such as Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) have received from entities associated with key ethanol stakeholders.  The chart includes contributions from Archer Daniels Midland and Monsanto, the largest ethanol producer in the US and the world's largest seed provider.