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Professions: Before They Were Elected to Congress

The Hill new members guide

Wondering what professions newly elected members of the 114th Congress had prior to being elected? Answers to this question, will shed light on the experience that they likely bring to an incredibly difficult job. Farmers, dentists, attorneys, consultants and more will walk the halls of the Capitol Building very soon. What about those newly elected […]

Senate Leadership in the 114th U.S. Congress

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address in front of the U.S. Congress in Washington

In a GOP majority, whose likely running the Senate? From Mitch McConnell to Thad Cochran the Senate will be under new leadership starting in January. Here are a few Senators whose names have been mentioned in a recent Politico article likely to assume Chairmanships… Appropriations: Thad Cochran Fresh from his narrow win in Mississippi over […]

Freshman Class of the 114th United States Congress

Capitol Hill

Did the Congressional leadership in your state change as a result of the midterm elections? For many Americans, the answer is yes. The 114th United States Congress will begin on January 3, 2015. As of November 5, 2014 there were 11 new senators (10R, 1D) and 50 new representatives (34R, 16D). For a complete list, […]

The Permanence Project

Beta Testing Permanence Project

Interested in beta testing a new online public policy engagement tool? This week, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) announced the enrollment launch of a new virtual community, named the Permanence Project. The project is designed to engage the public around policy issues impacting black communities. As part of the enrollment launch, the CBCF is […]

The Continuing Resolutions (CR) …Continue

Capitol Hill

Are you surprised that Congress utilized another CR to fund the federal government? If so, you really shouldn’t be. The national government’s budget calendar runs from October 1st through September 30th. Every year, Congress must pass and the President must sign 13 separate appropriations bills by October 1st to fund all of the national government’s […]

Women in Leadership Series: Norma Torres

Norma Torres

Could a woman whose parents sent her from Guatemala “on vacation”, become a U.S. Congresswoman? It is quite possible with Norma Torres. Earlier this year, the current California State Senator announced her intention to run for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod. As detailed in a recent Huffington Post article… “More […]

Women In Office: Another Record Breaking Election in 2014?

Diversity of Congress

Were you impressed by the number of women elected to Congress in 2012? The 2012 election cycle saw a record number of women elected in Congress. In fact, 102 women currently serve in the 113th Congress: 82 in the House (63 Democrats and 19 Republicans) and 20 in the Senate (16 Democrats and 4 Republicans). […]

CBO on Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act of 2014

Legislation

Have you heard of H.R. 4121? There has been a lot of activity surrounding the SBA in recent weeks, including the appointment of Maria Contreras-Sweet Sworn as SBA Administrator. Recently the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report on H.R. 4121, the Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act of 2014. H.R. 4121 would direct the […]

The Significance of the Paul Ryan Budget

House Passes Paul Ryan Budget

What does the passed budget mean for Americans? Most would agree that the recent passing of the bill by the House of Representatives in a vote of 219 -205, means very little for actual policy. Afterall, the Senate would need to pass its own similar legislation, and both would need to be combined in conference. […]

Open World Leadership Center

Open World Leadership Center

Have you heard recent mention of the Open World Leadership Center? The Open World Leadership Center administers the Open World program, a U.S. exchange programs for countries of the post-Soviet era. Begun as a pilot program in 1999 and established as a permanent agency in late 2000, the Center conducts the first and only international […]

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