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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: October 18, 2010 4:05 AM
 

"Extreme" seems to be the buzz word for incumbent members of Congress as they campaign against conservative or tea party-backed opponents in the upcoming November elections. We heard this “extreme” reference eight times during the recent U.S. Senate debate between Charlie Crist, Marco Rubio and Kendrick  Meek.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: October 16, 2010 4:05 AM
 

This Sunday many New York Times readers will read that our country spent $787 billion on an economic experiment or test model of sorts. You know that test model by the name of the stimulus bill.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: October 11, 2010 4:05 AM
 

Coming to Congress after the November elections is a double-header of sorts. However, this is not one where you typically enjoy hotdogs, popcorn and rooting for your favorite baseball team.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: October 4, 2010 4:05 AM
 
Congress left town last week only to reconvene after the November elections. However, unlike most Congresses, this year the American public will get twice the work out of its retiring or defeated members of Congress.
 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: September 27, 2010 4:05 AM
 

Members of Congress may be heading home by week’s end to start the final campaign for the fight of their political life.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: September 20, 2010 4:05 AM

Both the House and Senate will be conducting political gamesmanship this week, the like of which hasn’t been seen in recent political history. It will play out like this.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: September 18, 2010 4:05 AM

Congress came back to D.C. this week from its August recess and should have been ready to strap on their seat belts and get to work doing the legislation that they failed to do all year long.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: September 13, 2010 4:05 AM
 

Congress comes back to D.C. this week after its August recess, which was packed with overseas travel, some constituent meetings and lots of hours spent “dialing for dollars.”

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: September 7, 2010 4:05 AM
 

Members of Congress and their staffs will slowly be making their way back to D.C. this coming week, in an effort to get prepared for a quick, short, fall session of the 111th Congress before the November elections.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: August 23, 2010 4:05 AM
 

Congress is more than halfway through its six-week traditional August recess. While members of Congress are spending time with constituents, family and foreign heads of state in other countries, dozens of Capitol Hill staffers are scrambling and pouring through the U.S. Tax Code, trying to come up with new ideas to pay for the various new government programs that will be proposed this fall.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: August 16, 2010 4:05 AM
 

Since Congress is out for its traditional August break, I thought this column could explore some of the ramifications of the larger pieces of legislation Congress has passed over the last few months.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: August 9, 2010 4:05 AM
 

The Senate turned out the lights in its chamber last Thursday, having confirmed the newest Supreme Court justice, passing a jobs-stimulus bill for states to hire teachers and other emergency personnel, and a funding bill to pay for border security.

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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: August 7, 2010 4:05 AM
 

Meet the Smith family. They are a family of three with a pre-teen, growing boy. Mom and Dad attend the PTA, do community work and are pillars of the community.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: August 2, 2010 4:05 AM
 

Just before the House adjourned for its summer recess, members tried to pass a bill that would repeal the 1099 requirement that has been the buzz of many talk-show hosts over the past month or so. What it involves is this.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: July 26, 2010 4:05 AM
 

School's almost out for the summer … oops, I mean Congress. The House will recess at the end of this week for a six-week summer vacation. The Senate will follow suit at the end of next week. 

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: July 19, 2010 4:05 AM
 

Congress will be a bit busier this week after the new senator from West Virginia is sworn in as the 100th senator, filling the vacancy caused by the death of Democratic Sen. Robert C. Byrd.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: July 12, 2010 4:05 AM
 

Congress returns from its Fourth of July recess Monday with lots to do and not enough votes to accomplish the task, at least not right now.

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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: July 3, 2010 4:05 AM
 

Daniel Webster's dictionary defines the word "emergency" like this: "crisis, accident, unforeseen climax, clutch."

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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: June 28, 2010 4:05 AM
 

Congress will spend this final week before it breaks for a week to celebrate our nation’s birthday spending more money, adding to our exploding debt and hoping to help small businesses expand and be able to borrow money. We’ll see how well they do when this writer submits the Friday column.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: June 26, 2010 4:05 AM
 

This past week Congress played a tough game of tug-of-war between the House and the Senate. Here is how it all ended up.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: June 21, 2010 5:35 AM
 

Congress begins this week with leftovers on its plate that hardly anyone wants to deal with. These include the stalled tax extenders bill in the Senate and the war supplemental appropriations bill in the House.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: June 19, 2010 5:35 AM
 

Congress found itself mostly tied up in knots this week, as both the Senate and the House chambers tried to find votes for passage of bills that have huge price tags, and have no offsets or spending cuts to pay the cost of the bills.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: June 14, 2010 9:11 AM
 
The Senate this week will continue trying to make headway in passing the $115 billion tax extenders bill. Remember, this is the bill that adds about $60 billion to our debt.
 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: June 12, 2010 12:51 AM
 

Congress is back from its week-long Memorial Day break trying to spend more money without paying the bills.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: June 7, 2010 12:07 AM
 

Congress comes back to D.C. today after a weeklong break designed to allow lawmakers to celebrate Memorial Day in their home states and districts.

While dozens and dozens of members of Congress fled the country on congressional fact-finding trips, known as CODELS (Congressional Delegations), the majority returned to spend at least a little time with the folks who actually hired them to do their jobs. 

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: June 2, 2010 12:43 AM
 

While Congress is enjoying a scheduled week-long recess, I thought it might be interesting to let the readers of Washington Week know about some congressional committee actions that occurred before Congress left town last Friday, May 28. These committee actions could eventually have a meaningful effect on our lives.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: May 29, 2010 6:41 PM
 

Congress attempted to tackle a month’s worth of legislation last week in an effort to unclog the legislative constipation that has been occurring since Easter. While their intentions were admirable, the outcome was a complete failure.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: May 24, 2010 12:25 AM
 

During this upcoming week in Congress, both the House and Senate are expected to consider bills that will cause the current debt limit to swell like Jiffy Pop popcorn on a hot burner.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: May 17, 2010 12:02 AM
 

The U.S. Senate hopes to conclude the month-long debate on the financial reform bill by week's end, even if the majority leader needs to force a procedural vote promoting a 60-vote threshold to bring debate to a close. This will not only limit the number of hours remaining for debate to 30 hours, but also keeps the remaining amendments germane and on subject.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: May 10, 2010 12:02 AM

By Friday of this week, the Senate Majority leader hopes to conclude debate on the financial reform bill. This bill has been pending for more than 3 weeks and major legislation is getting backed-up due to the valuable floor time it is consuming. Passing financial reform out of the Senate this week will  be a tough feat for the Senate Democrats, because more than 100 amendments remain to be considered.

 
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