News: Spotlight on Congress

Democratic Holdouts On “Medicare For All” Have Received Twice As Much Insurance Industry Cash As Sponsors
Democratic senators who haven’t signed on to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” proposal have received twice as much cash from the insurance industry as the bill’s sponsors, MapLight has found.
House Panel Members Considering Net Neutrality Repeal Got 3 Times More Donations From ISPs
Four major internet service providers that support a Trump administration plan to eliminate net neutrality rules have outspent online giants such as Facebook, Amazon and Google by a 3-to-1 margin when it comes to contributing money to members of a key House panel.
House Votes to Saddle EPA with Costly, Industry-Friendly Regulations
The U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills in late March that critics say will hamstring the EPA’s regulatory capacity while significantly increasing its annual spending. Industries supporting the legislation, including petroleum, chemicals, and business groups, contributed at least six times more money to legislators who voted in favor of the bills than to those voting against them.
Banking Industry Gave Four Times More to GOP Sponsors of Bill to Curb Consumer Lawsuits
The 35 Republican House members who sponsored legislation that allows companies to bar customers from joining class-action lawsuits have received more than four times as much in contributions from the commercial banking industry as lawmakers who oppose the idea, according to a MapLight analysis of OpenSecrets data.
Oil, Gas, and Chemical Money Boosts House Members Pushing to Weaken Clean Air Act
Sponsors of a House measure that would significantly weaken the Clean Air Act received more than two and a half times more campaign money from chemical, oil, and gas interests than other House members, according to a MapLight analysis.
Genetic Testing Bill Opponents Outnumber Supporters 138-1 But Still Fret About Passage Odds
Move over, Trumpcare. By at least one standard, the “Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act” passed earlier this year by a House panel is giving the White House’s health-care overhaul a run for its money when it comes to unpopularity.
Dark Money Organization Emerges As Major Financier for GOP Legislative, Electoral Agendas
A secretive nonprofit closely linked to House Speaker Paul Ryan has begun playing a pivotal role in supporting Republican policies and candidates since the November 2016 election, a MapLight analysis has found.
Senators Drafting Secret Health Care Bill Backed by Insurance and Pharma Campaign Money
The small group of senators secretly crafting a bill to eliminate the Affordable Care Act collected an average of $214,000 in campaign contributions from health insurance and pharmaceutical industries.
Conservative Dark Money Helps Georgia Congressional Candidate Narrow Spending Gap With Ossoff
An influx of outside spending has turned the race to replace former Rep. Tom Price -- now head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services -- into the most expensive House contest in U.S. history, with a price tag that's topped $55 million and is still rising.
Sponsors of Bill to Weaken Financial, Consumer Protections Boosted by Campaign Money from Big Banks
Sponsors of a bill to roll back the landmark Wall Street reform law passed after the financial crisis received almost three times more money during the 2016 election cycle from commercial banks and holding companies than representatives who are not sponsors of the legislation.