Rep. John Larson says the switch would free lawmakers from constant fundraising.
Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) told Senate appropriators to fully fund President Obama’s budget request for air to Syrian refugees in Jordan.
“Jordan is facing a massive influx of refugees stemming from the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria,” Casey said. “I believe it is in the United States’ national security interest to help Jordan as they bear a significant burden in working to accommodate vulnerable refugees and offer some stability in the region.”
Rep. Blake Farenthold proposed withholding pay from officials held in contempt of Congress.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he wants more federal funding for school security because some schools are being forced to dip into funds for education in order to ensure school safety.
“As a parent, I know that the safety, health, and success of our children are always at the front of the mind,” Schumer said. “We must do everything in our power to allow our schools to bolster their safety programs to make sure we have the tools at our disposal to better prevent the next Sandy Hook.”
Several House Republican lawmakers used Tuesday’s deadline for filing IRS returns to advocate for a national sales tax.
Sen. Patty Murray said the update should serve as a wake-up call for Congress.
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Common Cause’s case, which argued that the Senate filibuster was unconstitutional.
Common Cause — a liberal non-profit — blamed the 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a filibuster for lack of progress on House passed bills, the DISCLOSE Act and the DREAM Act. The organization argued that Senate votes should be held to a simple majority, as it is in the House or Representatives.
Rep. Kevin Brady said the burden of filing tax returns today demonstrates a need for reform.
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said Monday that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report proves the United States needs to create more clean energy.
The United Nations (UN) report on climate change found that global emissions of greenhouse gasses have risen to unprecedented levels despite a growing number of policies to reduce climate change.
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) called for reforms to the U.S. tax code on Tax Day.
“Tax day is another unfortunate reminder of the need to reform our burdensome tax code,” Flake said.