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Topic - Robert A. Brady
A House committee Tuesday approved measures to end public financing of presidential campaigns and national party conventions, as backers say the programs have lost support among voters and candidates and are a waste of taxpayer money.
House Republicans will force a vote Wednesday on a plan to stave off a debt-ceiling crisis for three months, but it's the rest of their plan — to hold lawmakers' pay hostage to their ability to pass a budget — that is testing the limits of the Constitution.
Pennsylvania state Republican leaders are pushing to switch from the state's winner-take-all system in presidential elections to a format that would award electoral votes based on the winner of each of the state's 18 individual congressional districts.
Many politicians can be counted on to to do the wrong thing in response to tragedy. The weekend's Arizona shooting was no exception. For Exhibit A, consider Rep. Robert A. Brady, Pennsylvania Democrat, who wants to outlaw any language or symbols that could be perceived to threaten violence against congressmen or other federal officials.
Note to strategists: Kisses are good for ratings and voters still pay attention to how a politician treats his wife.
The proposal would require anyone who moves to a new state and applies for a driver's license to say whether he intends the new state to serve as his residence for voting purposes.
"The system needs reform, not repeal," he said.