A bipartisan group of congressmen in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is calling on President Barack Obama to appoint an inspector general to the State Department, which has lacked a permanent inspector general for five years.
A poll released Tuesday revealed a new low in America’s approval rating of the 112th Congress. Its overall favorability rating is just 9 percent, according to the poll released by Public Policy Polling.
Republicans expressed dismay at the amount of excessive spending in the fiscal cliff deal that Congress passed Tuesday evening.
Congress extended wind energy tax credits worth billions of dollars in the last-minute deal hammered out by Congress to avoid the fiscal cliff, a move decried by free market organizations as “corporate welfare.”
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta issued a letter to Defense Department employees Thursday warning of possible furloughs in the future due to ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations.
Gun-control advocates are pressing for stricter gun laws in the wake of Friday’s deadly school shooting in Connecticut but the fate of new restrictions will hinge on Democrats who have long been skittish on the issue.
Conservative lawmakers on Wednesday expressed their displeasure at the ongoing talks over the so-called fiscal cliff and offered only lukewarm support for House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio), who is trying to negotiate a deal with President Barack Obama before the end of the year.
Another top executive has departed from Brand USA, a public-private corporation founded to promote U.S. tourism, in the wake of a congressional report detailing what its authors call waste and cronyism.
The federal government’s latest taxpayer-funded effort to promote U.S. tourism is dogged by lavish spending, cronyism, and questionable accounting, according to a report released Thursday by two U.S. Senators.
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s (D., Ill.) Washington DC house has been listed for sale, according to the Hill.