Nov 22, 2021
Five Facts on Major Social Spending Programs
Congress is currently considering the Build Back Better Act, the third major spending proposal of Joe Biden’s presidency following the American Rescue Plan Act and the...
Nov 12, 2021
Five Facts on Major Bipartisan Legislation
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed the Senate 69-30 in August and passed the House 228-206 on November 5. It’s one of the most consequential pieces of bipartisan...
Nov 8, 2021
Five Facts on Build Back Better Act Provisions
The House version of the Build Back Better Act contains many provisions that have been covered in detail. But within its 2,468 pages are some significant programs and tax credits...
Oct 29, 2021
Five Facts on Budget Reconciliation
There has been considerable coverage of efforts by President Biden and congressional Democrats to enact Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda through the budget...
Oct 22, 2021
Five Facts on Infrastructure in Pennsylvania and the Nation
President Biden traveled to Scranton this week to highlight the need for immediate upgrades to the nation’s infrastructure. The state where the President was born offers a fair...
Oct 15, 2021
Five Facts on the Great Society
President Biden’s push to pass his “Build Back Better” agenda through two major pieces of legislation — the bipartisan infrastructure bill, and the social...
Oct 1, 2021
Five Facts on the Federal Debt Limit
Congress has once again run up against a deadline to boost the federal debt limit, a legal restriction on how much the U.S. government can owe to creditors. A failure to raise the...
Sep 24, 2021
Five Facts on Women in the Workforce
Childcare is a key item of discussion in Washington lately, and many policymakers are wondering how the availability of it may be impacting women’s workforce...
Sep 17, 2021
Five Facts on Community College in America
The Democratic social spending and climate reconciliation bill being advanced on Capitol Hill includes funding to provide universal community college tuition funding for two years....
Sep 10, 2021
Five Facts on Weather Disasters in the US
Hurricane Ida and its aftermath have exposed the need for infrastructure upgrades of the sort provided for in the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which includes billions in funding...
Sep 3, 2021
Five Facts on the US Electric Grid
The bipartisan infrastructure bill that is being considered in Congress includes $73 billion for upgrades to U.S. electric power infrastructure, $46 billion in cybersecurity funding...
Aug 31, 2021
Five Facts on Water in America
The bipartisan infrastructure bill that is being considered in Congress contains funding for upgrades to water infrastructure like dams as well as funding to replace lead pipes and...
Aug 20, 2021
Five Facts on Broadband in America
The bipartisan Senate infrastructure bill awaiting consideration in the House includes $65 billion for broadband, including grants to states for physical infrastructure like towers...
Jul 20, 2021
America's Annual Federal Spending Deficit: Past, Present, and Future
The U.S. government has racked up more debt since the turn of the century than in the nation’s entire history from 1776 through 2000, with no sign of letting up. Incredibly,...
Jul 9, 2021
Why Washington Should Take the Win on Infrastructure
President Biden describes the infrastructure agreement he negotiated with a bipartisan Senate group as “a once-in-a-generation investment to modernize our infrastructure that...
May 31, 2021
Five Facts on the Medal of Honor
May 31 is Memorial Day, the national holiday honoring those who died in military service for their country. Here are five facts about the Medal of Honor, the U.S. government’s...
May 28, 2021
Smart Chart: Policing Reform
We’ve been hearing for weeks that a bipartisan group of negotiators are “close” on police reform. But how close? And what’s preventing them from getting over...
May 6, 2021
Five Facts on Police Reform Proposals
The recent conviction of Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin for the 2020 murder of George Floyd has once again put the spotlight on broader police reform efforts in Congress....
Apr 26, 2021
Five Facts on Bipartisan Infrastructure Proposals
President Biden’s wide-ranging $2.3 trillion American Jobs Act plan has drawn criticism, mainly from Republicans who say it is too expensive and insufficiently focused on...
Apr 12, 2021
Five Facts on Regular Order in Congress
In late March, the House Problem Solvers Caucus sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy asking them to give rank-and-file members a greater voice in...
Mar 31, 2021
Five Facts on Contested Elections
Six votes decided the 2020 U.S. House election for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District. Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks won, and she has been seated, but Democratic...
Mar 24, 2021
Five Facts On Inflation
Inflation has been low in the U.S. for decades. But amid a rebounding economy and a new burst of spending from Washington, some economists are raising concern about the prospect of...
Mar 15, 2021
Five Facts on State and Local Government Aid
One of the most contentious parts of the recently passed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill is the state and local government aid provision, with critics noting that many localities...
Mar 8, 2021
Five Facts On The Debt And Deficit
In 2020, Congress passed five pieces of legislation allocating some $4 trillion for COVID-19 relief. As America’s public health and economic picture improves, it is bringing...
Mar 1, 2021
Five Facts On Presidential Executive Orders
President Biden has already issued a flurry of executive orders and actions on various topics relating to the Coronavirus, immigration, racial and economic equity, and foreign...
Feb 19, 2021
Five Facts on the Senate Parliamentarian
Many Americans have probably never heard of the Senate parliamentarian. But this person is about to play an outsized role in the debate over COVID-19 relief. The looming $1.9...
Feb 12, 2021
Five Facts on COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Spending
Last week, the House and Senate moved ahead with a budget reconciliation process that could lead to passage of another COVID-19 relief deal. Here are five facts on the bills Congress...
Feb 2, 2021
Five Facts on the Filibuster
After weeks of wrangling, Senate party leaders Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell are close to a power sharing agreement for the 50-50 Senate that retains the legislative filibuster...
Jan 25, 2021
Five Facts on Inaugurations
Last Wednesday, Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States. Here are five facts on inaugurations. A president assumes the presidency after taking the oath...
Jan 18, 2021
Five Facts on Impeachment
Five Facts on Impeachment On Wednesday the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time. The vote count was 232-197, with 222 Democrats...
Jan 15, 2021
Five Facts on the U.S. Capitol Police
In the wake of last week’s assault on the Capitol, several top officials in the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP), including the police chief and the Senate and the House...
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