Family First Senator Bob Day has resigned from the Senate, but controversy now rages about whether or not he was validly elected. The argument is that he was disqualified under Section 44(v) of the Constitution for holding an indirect pecuniary… Read More »what is the challenge to Bob Day’s Senate seat all about?
Australia has its new Senate. The Coalition will hold 30 seats, Labor 26, the Greens nine, and there will be 11 other crossbench senators. In March, the government passed sweeping changes to the way Australians elect their senators. Group voting… Read More »So, how did the new Senate voting rules work in practice?
Washington, D.C. — Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA), a senior Member of the Homeland Security Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the panel which oversees the regulation of nuclear reactors, today released a letter sent to the Nuclear… Read More »Markey: TSA Shrinks From Responsibility to Scan Cargo Placed on Passenger Planes
Washington, D.C. — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Caucus Chairman James E. Clyburn held a press stakeout this morning after the Democratic Caucus meeting to discuss the Republican budget that will be brought to the House floor today and… Read More »Pelosi Says Republican Budget ”Out of Whack”
TOKYO — Japanese government officials are denying Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has asked to address a joint session of Congress during a planned visit to Washington next month. An influential U.S. congressman has said that if Mr. Koizumi wants speak… Read More »Japan Says Prime Minister Did Not Ask to Address U.S. Congress
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Despite the president’s call for Congress to send him an immigration bill he could sign, few lawmakers are ready to predict whether the House and Senate can come up with final legislation before November’s mid-term congressional elections.… Read More »Bush Immigration Proposals Face Uphill Battle in House of Representatives
In honor of National Nurses Week, U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) has joined Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) to introduce H.R. 5349, The Nurse Loan Forgiveness Act of 2006. This bipartisan legislation would establish a loan forgiveness program to create an… Read More »Sanchez, Tancredo Reintroduce Nurse Loan Forgiveness Legislation
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives voted yesterday to allow military forces to be used in border-security operations under certain circumstances. In a 252-171 vote, House members agreed on an amendment to the Sonny Montgomery National Defense Authorization… Read More »House Votes to Allow Military to Assist in Border Security
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA), Ranking Member on the Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee and John Dingell (D-MI), Ranking Member of the full Energy and Commerce Committee today introduced legislation to protect the nation’s refinery capacity by establishing… Read More »Bill Would Establish Strategic Refinery Reserve
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved H.R. 5143, the H-Prize Act, to encouraged increased collaboration among the business, science, and educational sectors of the economy. The H-Prize Act seeks to develop hydrogen energy as a… Read More »Diaz-Balart: Reduce America’s Oil Dependence