May 17, 2013
THE CAUSES of poverty are complex and many. One cause, though, is emerging as a dominant factor in the record numbers of people living in poverty: Congress. This week, both the Senate and the House moved on a new farm bill, which determines the budget and policies for agriculture every five years or so. In addition to agriculture, it also funds the food-stamp program. On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee approved a $940 billion farm bill, a day after the Senate approved its own version.
May 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Here is how Philadelphia-area members of Congress voted on major issues last week: House U.S. debt priorities. Voting 221-207, the House on Thursday sent the Senate a Republican bill (HR 807) giving payment priority to bondholders, such as domestic pension funds and foreign governments, if the Treasury were unable to meet all of its debt obligations. Social Security trust funds would be next in line, followed in no special order by the thousands of fiscal obligations - everything from military salaries to education grants to veterans benefits - routinely funded by the Treasury.
May 10, 2013 |
MANOR, Texas - President Obama swooped into the booming Austin area on Thursday to showcase manufacturing growth and technology innovation as he began a series of visits across the country designed to pressure Congress to pass his economic agenda. Making stops in and around the Texas capital, Obama called anew on lawmakers to act on ideas he laid out in February's State of the Union address to expand the middle class by investing in new jobs and job training. The divided Congress has made it difficult for the president to move forward with his employment agenda.
May 8, 2013 |
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Former Republican South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford revived a scandal-scarred political career by winning back his old congressional seat Tuesday in a district that had not elected a Democrat in three decades. The comeback was complete when he defeated Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of political satirist Stephen Colbert. With 87 percent of the precincts reporting, Sanford had 54 percent of the vote. Sanford, who turns 53 later this month, has never lost a race in three runs for Congress and two for governor.
May 6, 2013 |
Camden Bishop Dennis Sullivan delivered an impassioned homily Friday evening at a Vineland church, telling a crowd of more than 1,500 that the Catholic Church was pushing for immigration reform in Congress with "a moral urgency we have not had in the last decade. " The sermon, at Divine Mercy Parish, came as Congress appears to be on the cusp of changes that have eluded lawmakers in recent years. Given the new opportunity, Sullivan urged parishioners to contact their members of Congress and ask them to move legislation forward.
April 30, 2013 |
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch traded verbal jabs during spirited exchanges Monday night in their only scheduled debate in the race for the state's vacant First Congressional District seat. With eight days to go before next Tuesday's special election, Sanford stressed his efforts to rein in spending as a three-term member of Congress and as a two-term governor. The Republican noted that he was the first governor in the nation to turn back economic-stimulus funds.
April 24, 2013 |
When U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, Democrat of Pennsylvania, switched her vote to "yes" that summer night in 1993, jeering erupted from the Republican side of the House chamber: "Bye-bye, Margie!" As political prognosticators, her tormentors turned out to be right. She lost in 1994, and left Congress after one term. Margolies-Mezvinsky, a moderate, had cast the deciding vote to enact President Bill Clinton's economic plan, which increased taxes $241 billion; most of the burden fell on the wealthy, but there was also a gasoline tax, and besides, she had promised in her 1992 campaign to oppose tax increases.
April 18, 2013 |
FORMER City Controller Jonathan Saidel on Tuesday dropped his bid to replace U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, citing the interest in the race from Marjorie Margolies, who once held the seat. Saidel, in a statement, made clear that Democrats are starting to line up behind Margolies, including former President Bill Clinton, a fundraising powerhouse. Margolies' son is married to Clinton's daughter. "Over the past few days, I have had conversations with Marjorie Margolies and national Democratic leaders," Saidel said.
April 18, 2013
Former Philadelphia City Controller Jonathan Saidel dropped out Tuesday from the Democratic primary in the 13th Congressional District, citing the party heavyweights backing former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies. One of them apparently is a certain former president known as Bubba. Bill Clinton owes Margolies big-time - and besides, she is daughter Chelsea's mother-in-law. Saidel's sudden move was the biggest domino to fall thus far in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, who is running for governor in 2014.