United States Congress
Everyone knows Congress is dysfunctional. U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, knows this well. He offered his insights Monday to The Times Editorial Board and on the nwi.com Political Roundtable.
One of the more amazing spectacles in the days after the government shutdown ended was the obsession in Washington with who won and who lost in the showdown. Yes, the capital is focused on next year’s elections, but honestly! There was only one real loser, and that was the American people.
My top priorities have always been to strengthen Indiana’s economy and to help create Hoosier jobs. We can all agree — Democrats and Republicans — the recent government shutdown and the threat of failing to pay our nation’s bills were a significant setback to this seemingly simple goal.
As the standoff in Washington inches closer to default, it's up to citizens to put pressure on the House and Senate to finally compromise from their rigid positions. The nation must not fail to pay its bills.
The childish snits leading to government shutdown have been filled with plenty of grandstanding — much of it by the very people who caused this embarrassment.
Offering perspective on today's issues
It's great to see bipartisan cooperation in support of the Great Lakes improvements, and not just because of the lakes.
I don’t think former state Sen. Bill Costas would have made it in today’s political world.
On Independence Day, we urge Americans to take time not only to celebrate, but also to recognize the responsibilities of citizenship. There's no free ride here.
During the primary election season there was much discussion regarding whether bipartisanship is a positive or negative attribute as it relates to the work of the U.S. Congress.
A local politician of my acquaintance, or POMA, did something recently that, surprisingly, is not unusual. He thanked me for making his comments sound reasonably intelligent.
We have to say to each other "Happy Thanksgiving" or "Merry Christmas" because we are lucky to live here in this old USA.
Grover Norquist, of Americans for Tax Reform, finally got his way. With the GOP leaders and the corporate business community and the Tea Party, they have put the fear of God into members of the Republican-led Congress.
PORTAGE | Portage High School sophomore Collin Czilli has been selected to participate in the Summer 2011 U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Page Program in Washington, D.C.
As a baby boomer about to turn 65, I'm trying not to feel personally insulted by the recent remarks of Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Fantasyland.
Freshman U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, D-Ill., made his first speech on the House floor Thursday. He chose Epiphany to try to lead the other wise men and women in Congress to give the taxpayers a gift of sorts.
If there is one issue concerning the future of America's youths that must be addressed, and soon, it is the financial state of our country. Nothing else is as pressing an issue then this country's apparent need to spend beyond its means.
Time is running out for Medicare patients and the physicians who care for them. If Congress fails to act, reimbursements for Medicare physician services will be slashed 25 percent.
There are people who do not often appear on our public radar screen. We might know them personally without knowing something vital about their lives.
As the U.S. Senate discusses the efficacy of earmarks, Rasmussen Reports has released the results of a public opinion poll on that topic.
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