Congress Today: The First Month of the 114th Congressional Session

It’s all about Congress this week as we review the first month of the 114th Congressional Session. Here are a few links that I’ve enjoyed reading this past month. Enjoy!

  • New Congress stumbles through its first month: Interested in learning more about what Congress has been up to this month? Look no further. This article provides a good overview of the first month of the 114th Congressional Session. From broken bones, to the Keystone XL pipeline, to the not so smooth transition of the majority party, the 114th Congress has proved to be, in many ways, the same old Congress. Still, there are reasons to expect that things may turn around and speed up in the coming months. What is your favorite moment of the 114th Congress so far?
  • Testing Obama, Senate approves Keystone Bill: After almost a full month of debate, the Senate passed a bill that authorizes the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline, a proposed oil pipeline that would go from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The bill was passed with a vote of 62-36. The bill now heads to the House and is expected to reach President Obama’s desk in February. The White House has threatened to veto the bill in the past, but it remains to be seen what the final action and reasoning will be. This may well be the first real clash between the Republican controlled Congress and the President in 2015. How did an oil pipeline get so political? See the video here.
  • The Secret History of Women in the Senate: This article discusses the subtle and not-so-subtle sexism that exists in the United States Senate today while also providing a history of women in the Senate. Believe it or not, only forty-four women have served in the Senate since the first Congressional Session in 1789. The 114th Congress has twenty women – the same as last session. While the current political environment makes collaboration harder, Senate women on both sides of the political aisle have historically tried to collaborate and support one another and still meet for dinner regularly. How do you think women’s representation in Congress might increase?

“US Congress: Front Senate Side” by Norman Maddeaux (CC BY-ND 2.0)

“US Congress: Front Senate Side” by Norman Maddeaux (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Let me know your thoughts about the first month of the 114th Congress below!



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