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Congress agrees to freeze $700M in Pakistan aid
(AP Photo/Anjum Naveed) In a reflection of the uneasy relationship between the United States and Pakistan, Congress agreed on a defense bill that includes a provision to freeze some $700 million in assistance until Pakistan comes up with a strategy to ...

Congress almost dead in UP, Rahul Gandhi gasping for oxygen: BJP
Place: Lucknow | Agency: PTI Terming the Congress a "dead" party in Uttar Pradesh, state BJP Tuesday said its general secretary Rahul Gandhi was desperately looking for oxygen to revive its prospects ahead of Assembly polls in the state. ...

Congress-Payroll-Tax-Cut
There's still no deal in Congress on extending the payroll tax cut, and lawmakers are set to wrap up business and go on their holiday break Friday. But House Speaker John Boehner says the House will vote on a tax relief and job creation bill as early ...

Congress' shameful treatment of the long-term unemployed
By SUZE ORMAN We all know not to expect much, or much of anything, from Congress these days. But watching the latest political gamesmanship over whether to extend long-term unemployment benefits for 2012 has somehow set the bar even lower. ...

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haykirstin Oh, Imperial... Chess congress. What stereotype? http://t.co/raS0DKFk

politicait RT @AlecBaldwin: Blame the banks for gaming the system and bribing a weak-willed and self serving Congress.

gauravm_m Congress kills corruption in the country #ironicdeaths

emilycerciello RT @Roosouthrgn: "you've already done more in the last few hours than congress has in the last decade" #Think2040 #RooSRC11

CokenRum RT @AnonyOps: The Democrat V. Republic story doesn't work anymore. Both parties have allowed congress to be corrupted by corporate money.

skdass Congres's is desparate to divert public focus into sumthing else-anyhow.Congress may try anythng-a bomb blast,a communal issue or Kill Anna!

Merlyn43 RT @AnonyOps: The Democrat V. Republic story doesn't work anymore. Both parties have allowed congress to be corrupted by corporate money.

Sphinxn08 The #NCAA is ridiculous! It's time for #Congress to handle this!

neha707 congress ka haath http://t.co/rL8g7lYl

TdottH RT @paulfreid: Repugs already gave us a 9 9 9 plan: 9% Unemployment, 9% Congress approval & 9 Moron candidates #teaparty #tcot #p2

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lgs612 @GOPWhip Have you ever had to live on $1000 a month #SS, and worry about rich congress members cutting it & Medicare? Shame on #congress

cliftonhanger @AlecBaldwin that doesn't even make sense, blame the banks because Congress is shit? C'mon man

CloudContact Congress refuses to review own lucrative life-long Pensions(which we pay) while the rest of us lose ours. I'd call that "Super Entitlement"!

scottanansi RT @paulfreid: Repugs already gave us a 9 9 9 plan: 9% Unemployment, 9% Congress approval & 9 Moron candidates #teaparty #tcot #p2

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How does Congress makes laws? Can you play a role in what kind of laws they make? by Aleah Q: Can you like, contact them and suggest a law or something? What do people do to help congress make laws?

A: School House Rock over simplifies. The most efficient way is to attend your Precinct Conventions after the elections on election night. There you can submit resolutions to be sent to a committee that will form the party's platform. (Each resolution is called a plank.) At your precinct level you have the chance to represent your precinct at the County or Senatorial District Convention/caucus. This will be like the precinct level except larger. The Resolutions committee will address the proposed resolutions, and form their platform that will, if passed by the general assembly, will go to the State resolutions committee. If you resolution is voted against or disregarded you can resubmit it at each level by the way. At the county level you will need to get the fellow delegates from your precinct to represent them at state, or you can run at large. State is just like county and precinct level caucuses/conventions. Pass resolutions and elect members to national. National same as before. Some other things they do at these conventions are indirectly support candidates, the people at the national convention will pick the party nominee. If for instance all of Arkansas people sent Huckabee supporters to national he might get a few votes still and you can undermine the popular vote like this. They also organize the grassroots at this level, and you can meet different politicians that will pander to you. If you really care about the resolution, try to get on the comittee. By the time the platform gets to the general assembly all of the proposed resolutions are disregarded and you end up passing the platform from the previous year as is. It could actually take a decade worth of involvement to change anything but do not give up. If you plan on going learn Roberts Rules of Order though. This is more specific to the Republican party of Texas and can vary from state to state and party to party. Of course voting and calling your representatives is one way of doing it, but who would have more clout a person who has never met the rep or someone who is active in their political parties.

How can Congress ever accomplish anything when the minority obstructs for political reasons? by Kelly B Q: Regardless if it's a (D) or (R) majority or minority there is always the possiblity of a stalemate because of party pressure. Unless there is a Democrat Congress and a Democrat President or a Republican Congress and a Republican President nothing much is accomplished. Isn't this scenario precisely why Congress now has a 19% approval rating? We have a Democrat controlled Congress and a Republican President.

A: Yes and it is a good example of how divided our own government is. Clinton had the same problem with a republican congress. Bush had it made with a republican congress. We have had mostly republican congress for a long time. It will be nice to have a democrat president with a democratic majority for a change. Talk about getting things done. Lol the dems won't know how to act when they can actually GET something done. This country has been in stalemate long enough!!

Should congress pass a law making a exception to the first amendment to outlaw the Islam Mosque at ground zero? by Q: It would only need be a temporary exception to the first amendment not an amendment to the constitution. Shouldn't Congress and the President sign such a bill into law? Go Tea Party.

A: The mosque's construction cannot be stopped. But we can do the next best thing. Surround the mosque with hotdog vendors and strip clubs.

How would a more demographically representative Congress affect policymaking? by MED212 Q: •How would a more demographically representative Congress affect policymaking? Take a look at the bills currently under consideration in Congress. How would the nature of these bills change if Congress was more representative? What new issues would be given priority over issues currently on the legislative agenda?

A: So if there were more white middle class men in congress, what would that change? I think they would lower taxes and spend less money on everything but defense.

What made congress pass the civil rights act of 1964 and the voting rights act of 1965? by pete t Q: I'm writing a paper for poli sci on this question. I have to make an argument for what the reasons were behind congress passing these laws. Aside from the obvious (it was the morally correct decision), I need to point out what it was that triggered congress to finally pass them. Can anyone help?

A: Believe me it wasn't just because of the Jim Crow laws of the south. De facto segregation existed in most of the US. Black Americans with the jobs, money and social standing couldn't buy or rent homes in middle class areas. Here in the west, new housing was "restricted" - it would not be sold to a person of color. In the south, "whites only" signs peppered all public facilities even though blacks paid some of the taxes that built and supported them. Blacks had to pay poll taxes and in some states prove their literacy before being allowed to register to vote while whites were waived. The US was truly two countries: the white one and the "colored" one. Getting these laws passed was a long, hard struggle. Lyndon Johnson was a practioner of old style personal politics. He'd spent many years in the Senate and was senate majority leader when nominated and elected to the vice presidency. He knew where all the skeletons were buried and had used the power he had as majority leader to accumulate a ton of IOUs. He'd done enough "favors" to have a huge bankroll of political capital. He was not past using his political clout when it needed to be used. When these bills came up for votes, he called in those IOUs and used his clout to basically bully and shove the votes to the "yea" side. He knew that passing these bills would spell the end of the Dems Southern alliance. He knew it would mean the end of any political influence he had in Congress but he did it anyway. If you want specifics, you're going to have to dig for them. You also have to remember that the Dems and Repubs in the 1960s each consisted of conservative, moderate and liberal blocks. If you look at the voting records of these bills, you'll see both Dems and Repubs on the for and on the against sides. The US wasn't as politically polarized as it is today. And politics was personal, not ideological.

When is Congress going to start paying for their own health insurance? by landm Q: Everybody is all up in arms about "National Health care", but the members of Congress benefit from free health coverage that is being paid by hard working Americans like myself. How about someone suggesting that the members of Congress start paying for their own health coverage?

A: It's not completely free for them. Oh, they pay. Depending on which plan that they pick, it's as low as $65 a month, which is damn fine. They pay about 25% for their plan coverage, their employer - you and me, the taxpayers - pay the other 75%. Oh, and unlike with YOUR employer and MY employer, when they first sign on, there's no waiting period, and no short term exclusion of preexisting conditions, when there's no prior credible coverage.

Was the Congress, the President or Supreme Court most important during Civil Rights Movement? by Emily Q: Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court were all important in the advancement of people’s civil rights during the post-World War II period. Select one of the above (Congress, the President, or the Supreme Court), and note how it supported the civil rights movement. Be sure to provide specific examples to support your point. Why is the Supreme Court most important?

A: everyone had a role to play but LBJ pushed through the law through congress, not the other way around. supreme court began the journey Lincoln initiated, but they could not change the law.

Whether Congress should exercise its authority to limit the power of the judiciary? by Zobbie Q: Whether Congress should exercise its authority to limit the power of the judiciary and whether this is the proper role of Congress? Give your argument in taking one side.

A: This was decided by Marbury v Madison. This wrote into the law the doctrine of Judaical review which is the basis of the Supreme Courts position in the balance of powers

congress? ? by briann Q: how many times does congress meet a year????

A: Congress only has to meet once a year, according to the Constitution. In practice, they meet more often than that. However, they do not meet every day. They spend most of the year in their home districts or meeting with lobbyists or working in their offices (at least officially). Many of them are probably taking significant amounts of time off to do whatever and calling it work, but what can you do? The Congressional Calendar is filled with large amounts of what are called 'District Work Periods' during which Congress does not meet. Watch the video below and you will be shocked at how many of these there are. If you look at the House of Representatives Calendar, you will see a lot of District Work Periods. When you realize that Congress doesn't usually convene on Mondays or Fridays, and the District Work Periods run up into the weekends and other holidays, you can see that Congress is actually meeting maybe 100 days a year. U.S. Constitution - Article 1 Section 4 Article 1 - The Legislative Branch Section 4 - Elections, Meetings The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Place of Choosing Senators. The Congress shall assemble at least once in every Year, and such Meeting shall (be on the first Monday in December,) (The preceding words in parentheses were superseded by the 20th Amendment, section 2.) unless they shall by Law appoint a different Day.

Congress....? by pooled08 Q: Some people think that Congress has too much powe today, and that they have used their powers to create a huge, big brother government that controls too much, especially in regards to the economy. Others say that Congress is merely carying out there implied powers, and that this is how the framers wanted the US to be operated: with Congress in charge. What do you think? Does Congress have too much power or just the right amount?

A: three equal powers balance each other out. ideally.

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