Latest Spencer Bachus Items
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.
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.