There was a moment in the last quarter-century when the Congress of the United States made the nation proud. It did so across all its usual lines of division: Republican and Democratic, conservative and liberal, hawk and dove.
George W. Bush bought himself a little goodwill by instating some strategic middle-class tax cuts while he was president, but those are about to expire, and according to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer ... (continued)
Former Congressman Eric Massa is no longer in the House, but his tarnished legacy may live on a little longer there if House Minority Leader John Boehner has his way. Rep. Boehner wants to revive the ethics investigation into sexual harassment claims against Massa, with the aim of finding out what House Democratic leaders knew about the Massa mess and when they knew it.
We’re sympathetic to members of the House who find themselves getting yelled at by hecklers with less-than-pure motives, but calling that behavior “un-American” is probably ill-advised when you represent a body of government that famously had a committee by the same name.
Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., has said there should be an ethics investigation of improper behavior related to the politically motivated firing of eight U.S. attorneys. The Senate is already conducting an inquiry into the matter, which involves at least three prominent Republicans in Congress.