An effort to streamline the regulatory process for small hydropower dams is generating a rare moment of bipartisanship in Congress. Two bills sailed through a Senate committee Wednesday. They've already passed the House.
Whatever gridlock exists elsewhere, it didn't show up in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. A voice vote was unanimous.
Democratic and Republican senators have filed hundreds of amendments to an immigration bill in the U.S. Senate. Many amendments filed by Republicans aim to boost border security and add employment enforcement provisions. Supporters say in some cases the real intent is to kill the legislation.
After months of self-examination following last year's election losses, the Republican National Committee released a self-assessment this week. The R-N-C issued a 100-page report that outlines dozens of recommendations to make the GOP a more welcoming and inclusive party.
The report says Republicans "must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform," and reach out to Hispanics.
Sequestration is looming, with the across-the-board $85 billion federal budget cuts now less than a day away. Among those watching closely to see what happens is Idaho Senator Mike Crapo.
As the deadline gets closer, Crapo expects several attempts to hold off sequestration. He’s heard of at least three bills that will come up for a vote. “One will be on the President’s proposal to avoid the sequestration by raising taxes and setting off some of the sequestration by agreeing not to do it.”
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo apologized profusely Friday after pleading guilty to drunk driving. A judge outside Washington, D.C. ordered the Republican from Idaho to pay a $250 fine and take an alcohol safety class. Crapo will also lose his driver's license for a year.
Crapo was arrested two days before Christmas in Alexandria, Va. In a statement after his court appearance, Crapo said politicians should be held to a higher standard: