Here is Thursday’s look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.
- In a letter signed by every member of the minority Conference, Senate Republicans vowed to block all legislation in the lame-duck session until the Senate votes to extend the Bush tax cuts and authorize the budget. (The Hill)(Roll Call)$
- House Republicans consider determining appropriations bills on a department-by-department basis. (Politico)
- Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wa.) is chosen as the new chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. (Roll Call)$
- DeLay trial gives jury a window into Washington fundraising and influence. (Washington Post)
- Rep. Rangel asked Speaker Pelosi to push the vote on censuring him to Thursday. (The Hill)
- Senate may have run afoul of the constitutional requirement that tax bills must originate in the House with the food safety bill. (Roll Call)$
- Republican leaders compete for leadership positions in key House committees. (Washington Post)
- Two House ethics attorneys have been suspended, including the lead attorney for the Rep. Waters (D-Calif.) case. (Politico)
- Although the anti-earmark bill failed in a vote Tuesday, 39 Senators supported the proposed three-year moratorium. (Politico)(Washington Times)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 12/1:
Relevant bills introduced:
Transparency Events Scheduled for 12/1:
- The Scouting Report: President Obama and the New Congress, Brookings Institution, 12/1, 12:30pm 1:00pm, live web chat only.
- Technology, Social Innovation and Civic Participation, New America Foundation, 12/1, 3:30pm 4:45pm, 1899 L Street NW, Suite 400.