Experts criticized a top Senate Democrat this week for pushing the federal government to ban a food additive that regulators say is safe at the behest of a food blogger whose campaign against the chemical has spurred a public outcry.
National Journal released its 2013 vote ratings on Thursday. The ratings are based on roll-call votes from 2013 and compared on an ideological scale. Votes on noncontroversial issues and issues that fall along regional lines were not included.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) proposed using the Internal Revenue Service to curtail Tea Party group funding during a speech on how to “exploit” and “weaken” the movement at the Center for American Progress on Thursday.
Events over the weekend have made the likelihood of a deal by Oct. 17 appear increasingly uncertain as Democrats seek an agreement that includes removing budget caps and raising the sequester levels established in the 2011 Budget Control Act.
Lawmakers and officials expressed Sunday growing concern over “credible threats” faced by U.S. interests in the Middle East and North Africa from al Qaeda affiliates.
Sponsors of the “Gang of Eight” Immigration Bill expressed confidence that their legislation can pass the House of Representatives, despite the challenges it will face.