By a vote of 64-32. the United States Senate has passed
the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Full passage of ENDA would make it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. It is already illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, nationality, religion, age or disability. [more inside]
"The House Republicans' first major technology initiative
is about to be unveiled: a push to force Internet companies to keep track of what their users are doing." [more inside]
The incoming Republican majority in the US House of Representatives is right now
reading the text
of the Constitution
on the House floor. Representatives chose
to omit superceed
portions of the text including The Three-Fifth Compromise
Welcome to Congress, YouTube.
Check out House Hub
and Senate Hub
for a state by state directory of YouTube videos created by House Representatives and Senators for the purpose of, among other things, "increasing transparency." [more inside]
Tom Davis Gives Up
(SLNYT). “Tell them about the important work we’re doing while Rome burns,” he said.
A candid accounting of American politics from a member of the GOP disillusioned with both sides of the aisle and an overview of how he became that way.
is a site that aggregates data about the United States Senate and House. Keep track of your senators or representatives through rss feeds, read bills on topics that are important to you, and find out what industries are behind the scenes providing money to your politicians in Washington among many other uses of this new resource.
Veterans of Foreign Wars rejects veteran of foreign war.
The election has passed, and the voters of Illinois' 6th Congressional District
decided that 16-year veteran Maj. Tammy Duckworth will not represent them in the United States House of Representatives. A story worth highlighting, lost amongst the sturm und drang
of pre-election coverage, is that Veterans of Foreign Wars
chose to endorse Duckworth's opponent, Representative-Elect Peter Roskam, who never performed any military service, in contrast to Duckworth, who had both of her legs blown off and her right arm shattered when a rocket-propelled grenade hit her Black Hawk less than two years ago
and still serves in the Army Reserve. [more inside]
that the House passed HR 4241
this morning by a narrow vote almost entirely along party lines
. This is part of the Republican Party's Operation Offset
(previously discussed here
) designed to cut spending to counter the deficit, growing by leaps and bounds because of Iraq & Katrina (among other things). Now they'll have to work to reconcile it with the Senate version, SR 1932
(voting record here
). You may want to Write your representative
to let them know how you feel. You might also want to express your displeasure to the two Dems who didn't vote, considering the bill passed by a margin of 2.