The 111th Congress returned to Washington this week with a record of legislative achievement that rivals President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society.” Voters may show their thanks by throwing lawmakers out of office.
It’s been quite a show since Elon Musk arrived in Washington, picking fights with competitors, suing the world’s most expensive military and jumping into a U.S.-Russia dispute that may risk international space cooperation.
Ted Cruz didn’t come quietly into the U.S. Senate. The freshman from Texas feuded with Senator John McCain. He stole the spotlight by chatting with a swarm of reporters when Republican leader Mitch McConnell took to the floor to end the government shutdown. He calls his party’s establishment encrusted and entrenched.
Democrat Jim Slattery and Republican Vin Weber represented opposing parties for a decade in the U.S. House of Representatives. Today, the two former members of Congress are aligned in advocating for a western-leaning Ukraine.
Austan Goolsbee , who spent the last 30 months trying to push the U.S. economy to create jobs, is leaving the White House to save his own: The president’s top economic adviser is heading back to the University of Chicago so he won’t lose tenure.
Representative Frank Wolf, a Virginia Republican, said anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist has profited from associations with “unsavory” groups and has become an obstacle to an overhaul of the U.S. tax code.
Exxon Mobil Corp. and Dow Chemical Co., big-dollar lobbying allies on many issues in Washington, are on opposite sides of a high-stakes fight over how much of rising U.S. natural gas supplies should be sold overseas.