Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, who participated in the sit-in, said his Republican colleagues clearly meant the video ban to be retaliatory. Many see it as a violation of lawmakers’ right to free expression, and House Democrats aren’t necessarily going to obey the new rule.
Today, we are witnessing the greatest setback to voting rights in 50 years, as millions of Americans are actively deprived of their constitutional right to vote.
Their protest didn’t work, but that shouldn’t be counted as defeat. Lewis and fellow Democrats — who even sang, with slightly revised lyrics, the old standby “We Shall Overcome” — succeeded in highlighting the cruel and crazy intransigence of the gun lobby and its claque of political water-carriers.
The scene, including chants of “No bill, no break!” was like nothing that has occurred in Congress in recent years, more reminiscent of the civil rights battles of the 1960s than today’s often predictably scripted debates.
Rep. Steve Israel’s decision to not seek re-election and to leave Congress at the end of the year is the latest reminder of how thin those ranks are getting. For the younger, more ambitious Democrats in the House, the obstacles are significant.
By Todd Spangler, Stephen Henderson and Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat who replaced his father in the House some 58 years ago and became one of the most powerful members of Congress ever, will step down after this year, capping a career umatched in its longevity […]
CAMBRIDGE, Md. — Democrats seem to be two different parties these days. Most House of Representatives Democrats love President Barack Obama and are eager to run on his record. Senate Democrats? Some yes, some no. On Friday, Obama wrapped up a series of February meetings with congressional Democrats, sessions aimed at finding common ground on […]
By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau CAMBRIDGE, MD — President Barack Obama delivered an election-year pep talk to Democrats on Friday, thanking his congressional allies for showing courage and unity “under the most difficult circumstances” in budget battles with Republicans. Speaking at the House Democratic caucus’s three-day retreat here, the president said the recent passage […]
Vice President Joe Biden slammed the GOP during his Friday morning speech to the House Democrats’ annual conference in Cambridge, Maryland, insisting that voters side with their party on every key issue. “This is the first time in my career…where on every major issue, the American people agree with the Democratic Party,” Biden said. “I […]