April 23, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The US Senate on Thursday voted 56-43 to confirm Loretta Lynch to serve as Attorney General, establishing her as the first black woman to lead the Justice Department. Lynch was nominated by the Senate Judiciary Committee 188 days prior on November 8 but had her confirmation hearing delayed up by ...[read more]
April 17, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The US House of Representatives on Thursday approved the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, a bill set to end the federal estate tax, by a 240-179 vote. The tax, which Republicans refer to as the death tax, is applied to estates upon passage to an heir after the owner's death. The current top tax rate... ...[read more]
April 14, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
US Congressman Doug Collins on Monday introduced a resolution to block net neutrality rules that were introduced by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in February. In a press release Collins noted that this resolution would only require a "Senate majority to pass under special procedural ...[read more]
April 10, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The Oklahoma state senate passed a bill on Thursday that would allow for the use of nitrogen gas in executions if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court, or if the drugs become unavailable. If signed by Governor Mary Fallin, Oklahoma would be the first state in the ...[read more]
March 26, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
The Indiana Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a "religious freedom" bill that would allow business owners to turn away customers on the basis of sexual orientation. The bill, approved by a vote of 40-10, will now head to Governor Mike Pence, who is expected to sign it. Proponents of the ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by Peter Snyder
A bipartisan bill seeking to change the US federal government's approach to medicinal marijuana was introduced in the US House of Representatives Tuesday. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act of 2015, or CARERS Act, was introduced by Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and ...[read more]
March 24, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill on Monday to restore the firing squad as a method of execution, making Utah the only US state with the option. The legislation, which was approved by the state's senate earlier this month, allows for the use of a firing squad if drugs used for lethal ...[read more]
March 16, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Sunday halted the confirmation vote on Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch until the Senate passes the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015. The vote on bill came to a standstill when senators read anti-abortion language within the ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The US Senate on Wednesday failed to override President Barack Obama's veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act. The Senate needed 67 votes to override the veto, but the vote fell short with a final count of 62-37. The votes were cast along partisan lines, with all Senate Republicans and ...[read more]
February 25, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
US President Barack Obama issued his third presidential veto Tuesday, rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act for circumventing national interest determinations. Objections to the heavily-Republican supported bill raised environmental concerns, and Obama had previously voiced his intention ...[read more]

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