2017 May 08
By Henry Murillo
In political news, there is a lot of talk over the use of filibusters in the Senate, especially during the U.S Senate's recent confirmation of supreme court judge Neil Gorsuch. Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, and fellow Democrats have vowed for months to oppose President Trump’s nominee, but recently failed to block his nomination after Senate Republicans changed Senate rules from 60 nomination votes, to just the majority votes.
Many citizens are still unsure what a filibuster is, how they've been used in the past, and what the pros and cons are of the practice.
A filibuster is basically an obstruction in the Senate. They are commonly used by outnumbered lawmakers in an attempt to delay and kill bills or nominations. Filibusters have been used by members of both parties since the 1840s. Lawmakers have used a number of different tactics to prolong their filibuster speeches, and persuade other members to help to block legislation.
Some of the tactics used by lawmakers have ranged from, talking about family food recipes, singing, or as in the case of Texas Senator Ted Cruz, reading from the popular children’s book, Green Eggs and Ham. Back in 2013, Senator Cruz talked for a total of 21 hours and 19 minutes, to make a stand against the Affordable Care Act. In his long speech, the senator recalled lyrics from a country song, quotations from a popular reality television show, and read from the Dr. Seuss book, followed by recollections of his father ...
2017 April 25
The 2016 Election is over, but things are not quiet in politics! Citizens have been busy using votesmart.org to find out what their officials and candidates have been up to.
We went through our website and pulled our most viewed webpages from over the past month, to give you an idea of the topics that seem to be sparking the interest of our users.
2017 April 05
Congress has been very busy in early 2017. Read further to find out what is happening on both sides of the aisle!
2016 November 14
The issue of ocean acidification is slowly coming to prominence in the United States. Largely due to the strong array of scientific data backing up the claims of the changing chemistry of the seas, the issue is largely a bipartisan one.
2016 November 02
Renewable energy has grown increasingly popular as evidence of human-caused global climate change accumulates. Solar, hydroelectric, and wind energies make up a large majority of the renewable energy sector, and are seen by some as preferable alternatives to fossil fuel and nuclear energies.
2016 October 26
The Political Courage Test, which has been endorsed by major media in every election since 1992, asks candidates to demonstrate their political courage by providing voters with that essential information, in spite of the fact that opponents might use their answers in political attacks.
2016 October 26
Even in the earliest years of the United States, women have been filling vital roles to support United States military operations.
2016 October 20
State legislatures in the previous months have been passing bills to alter and add to their public school systems’ curriculums.