Here’s how the House’s Farm Bill would undermine environmental protections

Every five years — give or take — the United States Congress passes a massive piece of legislation known as the Farm Bill, which covers everything from nutrition programs to the kinds of subsidies that farmers can qualify for. This year’s proposed Farm Bill clocks…

State-by-State Estimated Premium Increases due to Individual Mandate Repeal and Short-Term Plan Rule

Last year, as part of the tax law, Congress eliminated the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate penalty. Given the mandate’s important role in encouraging healthier people to enroll in the marketplaces, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that, in 2019, this will increase average premiums…

Senate Votes To BRING BACK NET NEUTRALITY

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Populist Left Has Strong Showing In Elections

A progressive candidate running on Medicare-for-all beat a former US Congress member in the Democratic primary for a crucial 2018 House election in Nebraska. Kara Eastman, president of a local nonprofit, narrowly prevailed over former Rep. Brad Ashford in the Democratic primary in Nebraska’s Second…

Democratic candidate heavily invested in crude oil, despite claiming to be an environmental champion

Harley Rouda, a California businessman running for Congress in California’s 48th district, has posited himself as the environmental choice to take down Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), winning the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) endorsement just last week. But financial disclosures reviewed by ThinkProgress show that Rouda,…

Trump tries to fix deficit caused by tax cuts by cutting billions from children’s health care

The Trump administration is set to ask Congress to claw back $15 billion in federal spending. If passed, it would be the largest “rescission” package passed in American history. Nearly half of the cuts — roughly $7 billion — would come from the Children’s Health…

RELEASE: Bipartisan Support for International Development Defies Conventional Wisdom, CAP Column Says

Washington, D.C. – At a time of deep divisions in Congress over nearly every issue, a flurry of bipartisan steps to boost international development marks one of the great unexpected political victories, according to a new column from the Center for American Progress. From the…

Bipartisan Advances in International Development Defy Conventional Wisdom

As hard as it may be to believe, there remains bipartisan agreement on some key issues in Congress. Republicans and Democrats have recently collaborated on significant pieces of legislation that have made international development one of the most fruitful areas of agreement and reform in…

House Republican cites conspiracy theorist to justify bogus Diamond & Silk hearing

During a CNN interview on Friday, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) defending using Congress’ time and money to hold a hearing on Diamond & Silk’s baseless claim that Facebook is censoring them by citing a well-known conspiracy website, Gateway Pundit. “[Diamond & Silk’s] message is their…

Trump Goon To Lobbyists: Pay Me & I’ll Do Your Bidding!

Want a favor from a member of Congress? Give him money. That was the advice Mick Mulvaney, the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and head of the Office of Management and Budget, gave to a group of some 1,300 bankers and lending…