United States Congress

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Can Congress Levy a Tax on Christmas?

It’s that time of year again — the Christmas tree tax has reared. Congressional members are mulling a 15-cent tax on fresh Christmas trees, a small but significant line-item mention in the current farm bill weaving through the House, the Heritage Foundation reported in its blog, The Foundry. This isn’t the first time Congress has tried to impose the fee. A couple years ago, members broached the topic and brought […]


Republican Congressman Bill Young (FL-13) Dies at 82

Breaking: The AP and FOX News are reporting that Florida Republican Congressman CW Bill Young has died.  He was 82.  Congressman young was first elected to Congress in 1970.  Congressman Young had recently announced he would not seek re-election in 2014. Young had been at Walter Reed for nearly two weeks with back problems that stemmed from a 1970 small plane crash. On Oct. 9, from his hospital bed, Young […]


Why Washington’s Fiscal Follies Will Continue

Deal or not, the next fight between Congress and the White House is just weeks away. Take a long look at Washington today: Government shutdown, the prospect of Uncle Sam defaulting on obligations, jittery financial markets and a paralyzed Congress more inclined toward stalemate than statesmanship. Get used to it. You’ll see this movie again, several times at least, as lawmakers careen from one crisis to the next, only to […]

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Federal Government Shuts Down, Blame Game Begins

Congress missed its midnight deadline on a continuing resolution, sending a the federal government into its first shutdown in 17 years. The blame game started when the Senate rejected the latest Republican proposal. In their latest proposal Republicans sought to delay enforcement ofthe Affordable Health Act and to remove the exemption for members of Congress and their staff. The Senate quickly rejected the proposal in a partisan vote of 54-46. […]