Tag: Congress

Stealing Indian Land for a Copper Mine

The desert riparian environment of Oak Flat. Photo by Anna Jeffrey By Sheryl Estrada “All of the federally recognized tribes now know the world has changed,” Wendsler Nosie, a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, said. A resident of the San Carlos Apache Reservation, in southeast Arizona, the change…

Welcome to the Most Diverse Congress Yet

By Chris Hoenig Congress is still predominantly white and predominantly male, but the 114th Congress, sworn in on Tuesday, is the most diverse ever. There are 535 elected seats on Capitol Hill—435 in the House, 100 in Senate. In the House, three women are making history: New Jersey Democrat Bonnie…

VIDEO: Bonnie Watson Coleman—Uniting People Goes Beyond Politics

Source: NJ Legislature If elected, Bonnie Watson Coleman, who is running for New Jersey’s 12th Congressional district’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, would be the first Black woman to represent the Garden State in Congress and the only woman in the state’s current delegation. Both New Jersey’s 12th…

The 'War on Whites'

By Chris Hoenig The Democratic Party is waging a “war on whites,” according to one U.S. congressman. Representative Mo Brooks, a Republican representing Alabama’s 5th congressional district, told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham that he doesn’t believe that Republicans are hurting their standing with Latinosthe fastest-growing demographic in the United…

Meet the Surprise GOP Defector on Voter-ID Laws

By Chris Hoenig One of the faces of the current Republican Party—and one of its most vocal leaders—is breaking ranks on a key issue pushed by the GOP. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who is one of the most visible leaders of the Tea Party movement and is largely expected to…

Nomination Withdrawn for Nation's 1st Gay Black Federal Judge

By Chris Hoenig William Thomas’ nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida was one of more than 150 nominations held up by Congress last year. After the Senate invoked the so-called “nuclear option” that allowed it to approve these judicial nominations by simple majority vote,…

Boehner to Block Vote on Employment Nondiscrimination Act

Updated: 11/5/13, 12:21pm ET with Senate vote. By Chris Hoenig Making it illegal to discriminate against LGBT employees is bad for business, according to House Speaker John Boehner. Congress is considering the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (or ENDA, for short), which would make it a federal crime for employers to discriminate…

Is America Avoiding a More Diverse Congress

By Chris Hoenig Congress is more diverse than it’s ever been … but America is unsure whether it should be even more diverse. A new ABC News/Fusion poll finds that just 23 percent of Americans believe having more Congressmen and -women from underrepresented groups would be good for the country,…