Here is Thursday’s look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.

News Roundup:

  • 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:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None

Transparency Events Scheduled for 12/1:

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