2013 February 28
Immigration: it's an issue that's been on the minds of a lot of prominent people involved in politics lately. One group you've probably heard of is the so-called “Gang of Eight” in the Senate – four Democrats and four Republicans who have proposed a new framework for moving forward on comprehensive immigration reform. So what's the deal with this "gang?" You've heard a lot of back-and-forth bickering about their proposals and agenda, but how well do you really know them?
Luckily, here at Project Vote Smart, we've been keeping tabs on these guys for years. Here's a quick rundown of this “Gang of Eight,” including links to some of their key positions, statements, and votes on immigration issues.
Dick Durbin (D-IL)
As the Senior Senator from Illinois and the Senate Majority Whip, Durbin has been a driving force behind the current "gang's” negotiations. He led a press conference a few weeks ago to unveil this framework for a comprehensive immigration reform bill, including strengthening border security, reforming legal immigration, and establishing a pathway to citizenship for those undocumented individuals already in the country. Senator Durbin was also the original sponsor of the DREAM Act, which would have provided a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants brought to this country as minors. You can read a summary of that ultimately unsuccessful legislation here, and you can read what Durbin had to say about it, too. In the aftermath of the bill's failure, the Senator was also supportive ...
2013 February 27
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2013 February 26
Six days after Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty to the misuse of campaign funds, voters in his long-held district go the polls to begin the process of finding a replacement.
2013 February 18
Mike Johanns, the republican senior senator from Nebraska, won't seek reelection in 2014.
2013 February 14
New Jersey's senior senator, Frank R. Lautenberg decided today that he will not seek reelection.
2013 February 14
Article II, section 3 of the United States constitution lays is out clearly: “Every year the president shall give a really big speech the whole country will watch, half of them eagerly, half of them angrily.” Well, not exactly.
2013 January 31
Recently, something called an “assault weapons ban” has been making major news.
2013 January 28
With new technology comes new debates and in 2012 many state legislatures attempted to regulate a relatively new industry they did not know much about.
2013 January 25
Throughout the past decade there has been a national trend of legislation on bullying.
2013 January 24
In August 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an interim final rule concerning contraception.