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6 Texas Republican Reps Join with Dems in Approving Debt Ceiling Increase

Six Texas Republican representatives joined with the eleven Democrats in the state’s congressional delegation to vote in favor of the bill to raise the debt ceiling. Nineteen Texas Republicans voted nay in attempting to block the measure. On a national level, 79 Republicans joined with the 187 Democrat members of the House to pass the measure back to the Senate.

California Oil Refinery (Paul Sakuma : Associated Press)

Oil and Gas Exports—One Policy Change, Many Benefits

“Businesses that sell to foreign markets put more people to work in high-quality jobs, offering more Americans the chance to earn a decent wage,” claimed the Obama administration’s Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker in a March 18 Wall Street Journal

Iowa Democrat Compares Obamacare to Wizard of Oz

Iowa Democrat Compares Obamacare to Wizard of Oz

On Wednesday at a House hearing on the malfunctioning Healthcare.gov website, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) invoked The Wizard of Oz when he told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that she was not in Kansas anymore.  “There is a

Hidden in ObamaCare Site: Applicants Surrender Right to Privacy

Hidden in ObamaCare Site: Applicants Surrender Right to Privacy

During Thursday’s congressional hearing with the contractors responsible for building the troubled ObamaCare federal exchanges, we learned that whether you end up enrolling in ObamaCare or not, no one who puts any information into the ObamaCare website can expect to

Conservatives Hold Firm, Defeat Boehner's 'Plan B'

Conservatives Hold Firm, Defeat Boehner's 'Plan B'

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) told members of his own conference on Thursday night that there were not enough votes among the party that would support passage of Boehner’s tax proposal known as “Plan B.”   Boehner’s office

Deregulation: The Future of Cable/Satellite Broadcasting

Deregulation: The Future of Cable/Satellite Broadcasting

Deregulation is the future for video and retransmission of broadcast signals by cable and satellite firms. That is the message from the House Energy and Commerce Committee Communications Subcommittee’s “Future of Video” hearing last Wednesday, led by Rep. Greg Walden

Congressmen Want FTC Probe of Facebook

From Politico: Lawmakers are asking the FTC to investigate Facebook following reports that the social network has been collecting data even from users logged out of their profiles. The concerns from Capitol Hill came Wednesday in a letter by Reps.

Exclusive: Rep. Upton Vows to Fight for Tea Party Principles

The powerful Energy and Commerce Committee chairmanship is up for grabs. Former Chairman Joe Barton (R-TX) is seeking a waiver to regain the post. As supporters of term-limits, we believe new blood and new leadership is essential for democracy. Upton

Barton: Republican Congress Would Kill `Obamacare'

U.S. Representative Joe Barton, a Texas Republican, talks about the outlook for the U.S. midterm elections and the prospects for a transfer of power in the House of Representatives. Barton says a Republican-controlled House would repeal President Obama’s health-care overhaul

Saturday Open Thread: Shakedown Edition

A few days ago, Texas Rep. Joe Barton, ranking member on the House Energy and Commerce Commitee “apologized” to BP for the pressure the Obama Administration put on the company to fund an escrow account to compensate victims of the

Majority of U.S. House Oppose FCC Effort to Reclassify Broadband

The Federal Communications Commission’s bid to subject broadband services to stricter regulation encountered a new hurdle last Friday, as an informal count of legislators revealed more than half of the members of the House oppose reshaping the regulatory framework through

House GOP to Obama: Drop Net Neutrality Agenda

Top Republican lawmakers last week sent President Barack Obama a letter protesting the Federal Communications Commission’s recent overture at adopting so-called net neutrality rules, asking that he block the agency’s controversial move to reclassify broadband. House GOP leaders John Boehner

Waxman Cancels Healthcare Show Trial

Health insurance company CEOs will apparently be spared the public thrashing planned for April 21 by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Hollywood). Waxman notified committee members of the cancellation in a memo released Wednesday. The memo implies