By Staff report | Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: March 23, 2018 at 2:55 pm | UPDATED: March 23, 2018 at 3:48 pm Here’s how area members of Congress voted on major issues in the week ending Friday, March 23. HOUSE $1.3. TRILLION FEDERAL SPENDING: Voting 256-167, the House on Thursday passed House Resolution 1625, which would fund the government through September at an annual level of $1.3 trillion in discretionary spending, with about $700 billion allocated to the military and the remainder to domestic and foreign-affairs accounts. The bill does not fund the mandatory, or entitlement, spending for programs such as Social Security, crop subsidies and military pensions that accounts for two-thirds of the $4.02 trillion total budget for fiscal 2018. The bill funds a 2.4 percent pay increase for uniformed military personnel while appropriating $78.1 billion for combat operations overseas, $84 billion to fight the opioid epidemic and $21.3 billion for infrastructure. It raises spending … [Read more...] about Here’s how Inland-area members of Congress voted on government funding, sex trafficking
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(CBS News) Hawaii's Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, the youngest woman in the House of Representatives, reiterated her frustration with her freshman term Monday on "CBS This Morning." The first Hindu elected to Congress, the first American Samoa in Congress, and the first of two female combat veterans to serve on Capitol Hill,Gabbard publicly admitted last week that she finds it, "very, very frustrating serving in a Congress that's completely unpopular," she told the audience at the Make Progress Summit. "I can have a 16-hour day and at the end of the day, feel like I've accomplished nothing because we're talking about issues that seem to be idiotic," she added at the event. Monday on "CBS This Morning," Gabbard explained, "I think the frustration that I have felt, even being six months as a member of Congress, that other colleagues of mine feel is reflective of the frustration that we hear every single time we go back home to our district, from people who are saying, 'Look, we … [Read more...] about Rep. Gabbard: New members of Congress are “frustrated”
The following is a script from "Dialing for Dollars" which aired on April 24, 2016. Norah O'Donnell is the correspondent. Patricia Shevlin and Miles Doran, producers. The American public has a low opinion of Congress. Only 14 percent think it's doing a good job. But Congress has excelled in one way. Raising money. Members of Congress raised more than a billion dollars for their 2014 election. And they never stop. Nearly every day, they spend hours on the phone asking supporters and even total strangers for campaign donations -- hours spent away from the jobs they were elected to do. The pressure on candidates to raise money has ratcheted up since the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision in 2010. That allowed unlimited spending by corporations, unions and individuals in elections. So our attention was caught by a proposal from a Republican congressman that would stop members of Congress from dialing for dollars. Given what it costs to get elected today, it's either a courageous … [Read more...] about Are members of Congress becoming telemarketers?
Following reports that a data analytics firm that worked with President Trump's campaign obtained Facebook data about millions of U.S. voters without their authorization, members of Congress from both sides of the aisle are seeking answers from the social media giant and questioning what effect the firm's use of the data may have had on the 2016 campaign. The role Facebook and social media played in the 2016 election -- particularly the issue of political ads purchased by Russian troll farms and the spread of disinformation to sow division -- has been an area of interest for both House and Senate investigators into Russian meddling in the presidential race. Facebook on Saturday announced it was suspending Cambridge Analytica and two individuals for violating the social media company's standards and practices. Lawmakers are questioning how deep the firm's practices went, just who knew of the practice and when. On NBC's "Meet the Press," Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Members of Congress demand answers from Facebook about Cambridge Analytica
Politics Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email After the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas last year, lawmakers discussed imposing restrictions on "bump stocks." The Las Vegas shooter used that type of gun modification, which makes a semiautomatic weapon fire like an automatic weapon, and killed 58 people. After a gunman killed 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in November, lawmakers discussed how they could improve the background check system. No new laws came of those discussions. Now, after a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school, President Trump has given some indication of what he thinks could stop further shootings. "We are committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools and tackle the difficult issue of mental health," he said in a statement. Whether that will inspire legislation remains to be seen. Mass shootings often inspire gun-control legislation — legislation that, in … [Read more...] about CHART: How Have Your Members Of Congress Voted On Gun Bills?