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You may not know Chaka Fattah but you should. Fattah has helped more than 25 million individuals through programs and initiatives he has created since…

Senate leaders announced today that they have reached a deal to end the government shutdown in time to avoid a possible U.S. default.  Details on the agreement that was formally announced on the senate floor at noon today are scant but CNN reports that the government could open as soon as midnight tomorrow. It will […]

House and Senate lawmakers this week proposed legislation to retroactively pay the roughly 800,000 federal workers who are furloughed because of the partial government shutdown…

The Texas House approves new abortion limits today, after more than 10 hours of debates and rejected amendments yesterday. A final vote could be held…

(Annapolis, MD)  —  A bill legalizing same-sex marriages in Maryland is on its way to Governor Martin O’Malley’s desk after being approved yesterday in the state Senate.  The vote was 25-22. The governor has promised to sign the bill into law. However,opponents are already organizing a petition drive which would put the issue on the […]

Washington — The tax bill that extends the Bush tax cuts and slashes the estate tax while extending unemployment benefits has passed the House House by a vote of 277-148 and is heading for the President to sign, according to The Huffington Post RELATED STORIES Attacks From Right Take Toll On Obama’s Tax Plan CBC […]

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VIA THE WASHINGTON POST: In its first direct vote on the issue, the U.S. Senate has rejected an amendment to the health care reconciliation bill that would have stopped same-sex marriage in the District until a referendum could be held. Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) had introduced that amendment; the full Senate rejected it early this […]

VIA THE WASHINGTON POST: The U.S. Senate passed a bill Sunday that clears the way for the District government to allow medical marijuana use and to spend local tax dollars to help low-income women pay for abortions. More than a decade ago, D.C. voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure that would allow for the possession, […]

VIA REUTERS: WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After a landmark win in the House of Representatives, President Barack Obama’s push for healthcare reform faces a difficult path in the Senate amid divisions in his own Democratic Party on how to proceed. On a 220-215 vote, including the support of one Republican and opposition from 39 Democrats, the […]