Typically, congressional committees write and debate legislation before sending it to the House and or Senate for a vote. But over the last decade, committees and their chairmen have become central cogs in the giant money machine of American politics.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar introduced a bill Wednesday that would ban companies from asking current or future employees for their passwords to social networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn.
The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee approved a farm bill Thursday.
U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa accused Minnesota's Medicaid program of trying to rip off the federal government.
Minnesota's Medicaid program for the poor and disabled will be under scrutiny at a congressional hearing on Wednesday.
The Minnesota congressman said the $46 billion temporary tax cut would apply to any company with fewer than 500 workers regardless of whether they hire on new employees.
Campaign cash is not a sure predictor of who will win an election, but candidates would rather have more to spend than less. Over the last few days, incumbents and their hopeful challengers have released reports about how much money they've raised. Some races are spoiling for a fight.
The Obama Administration's Buffet Rule, scheduled for a vote Monday in the U.S. Senate and expected to be filibustered by Republicans, seems destined to become a political tool in the fall election.
DFL U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum raised more than $123,000 toward her re-election campaign in the first three months of 2012. The veteran St. Paul lawmaker has more than $222,000 in the bank, her campaign said Thursday.
Farmers may face some uncertainty by harvest time as Congress grapples with rewriting the farm bill before it expires in September. On the table are big cuts in federal farm spending.
President Barack Obama signed legislation Wednesday barring members of Congress, the president and thousands of federal workers from profiting from nonpublic information learned on the job. Even supporters, including Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz, said the new law doesn't go far enough.
As the most popular politician in Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar is in a strong position to field off any of her three would-be Republican challengers.
"You see we are surrounded right now by those will benefit by socialism," she said.
Gas prices in Minnesota right now are averaging $3.70 a gallon, higher numbers that for the petroleum industry are merely a rite of spring.
Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack has come out against an Obama administration proposal to cut funding for the Federal Flight Deck Officer program.