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Topic - Spencer Bachus
A new mural depicting the civil rights era is being unveiled in Birmingham.
State Sen. Scott Beason is making another run for Alabama's 6th District congressional seat, adding a high-profile tea party name to a large GOP field.
Former Republican U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith of Huntsville rejoined the Democratic Party and entered the race for governor minutes before Friday's deadline.
By his own account, U.S. Rep. Jim Leach's argument against online gambling, which he laid out in a 2006 article, was more factual and perfunctory than soaring political rhetoric. But three years later his words would reappear in print — though under a different name: Rep. Spencer Bachus, an Alabama Republican who was a key ally of Mr. Leach's in opposing online gambling legislation.
House Republicans faced blistering criticism from all sides Tuesday as they once again threatened to scuttle a bipartisan package blessed by the White House and Senate Republicans — but they remained undaunted, and many even said they relished the fight even as the deal ultimately headed toward passage.
Taming the Dodd-Frank Act: It's a daunting job, but someone equipped with a whip and a chair may manage to do it. Federal regulations emerging from the new law are occupying many pages - already twice as many as health care reform legislation - and officials are not even half finished with their task.
Mitt Romney is working to win over his former rivals.
America's $15.7 trillion national debt continues to grow at an alarming rate. Though most economists agree we're on an unsustainable path, the president and his allies in the Democratic Senate have done nothing about it. They hope to return to their old ways of borrowing trillions without making dollar-for-dollar cuts. Congressional Republicans are trying to impose a bit of discipline.
President Obama gathered Democrats and Republicans at the White House Rose Garden on Thursday to sign a bill designed to encourage investment in startup businesses and take a break from election-year partisan sniping.
President Obama this week is showcasing two bipartisan bills he helped power over the finish line in Congress, inviting Republicans to the White House to celebrate one of the few brief moments of bipartisan unity in a politically contentious election year.
The Senate on Thursday sent President Obama a scaled-down bill to explicitly ban members of Congress, the president and thousands of other federal workers from profiting from nonpublic information learned on the job.
To many Washington outsiders, congressional ethics is an oxymoron or fodder for late-night comedians, but watchdogs and longtime Washington observers point to one hopeful sign — an office they believe is helping members take ethics rules more seriously.
The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee says he's cooperating with an Office of Government Ethics investigation into his stock trades and expects to be exonerated.
Aware that most Americans would like to dump them all, members of Congress hope to regain some sense of trust by subjecting themselves to tougher penalties for insider trading and requiring that they disclose stock transactions within 30 days.
Reflecting still-simmering anger on Capitol Hill about the collapse of U.S. housing markets, a congressional panel Tuesday voted to suspend lucrative executive bonuses and to cap the salaries of top officials at bailed-out mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Republicans criticized the SEC over the porn issue last week: "While watching porn all day undoubtedly contributed to the ineffectiveness of the SEC's work force, the administration, Congress and the investing public must demand accountability at all levels of the agency," said Rep. Spencer Bachus of Alabama, the ranking Republican on the House Financial Services Committee.
"Americans were sending $6 billion to unregulated, offshore online casinos each year, or nearly half of the $12 billion bet worldwide on the Internet," Mr. Bachus wrote in American Banker in 2008. "These sites evade rigorous U.S. regulations that control gambling by minors and problem gamers and ensure the integrity of the games."