Rhode Island’s entire congressional delegation gets top scores in the League of Conservation Voters’ 2012 National Environmental Scorecard. The ranking is based on 35 votes taken by the House and 14 by the Senate. Both Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse scored 100 percent. Congressmen David Cicilline and Jim Langevin scored 94 percent. The average Senate score is 56 percent. The average House score is 42 percent.
Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman Jim Langevin are asking the Federal Labor Department to reverse an enrollment freeze at Job Corps, a technical training and GED program with sites around the country, including Exeter, Rhode Island.
In a letter, a group of 17 senators say the freeze will have an adverse effect on thousands of young people.
Congress is greeting the holidays with visions of the fiscal cliff dancing in its collective psyche. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some Cliff Notes as we kick off our week-long series on how spending cuts and tax hikes would affect the Ocean State should Congress fail to reach an agreement.
Americans love to lampoon our lawmakers. From Mark Twain to Jon Stewart, senators and representatives have been juicy targets for pundits and satirists. What student of history can forget Twain’s famous dictum that Congress is the nation’s only native criminal class.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) published an op-ed on Politico Tuesday urging President Obama not to agree to any Medicare cuts in the fiscal cliff negotiations. The reason: reforming the health care system, including the way we deliver and pay for health care, will add up to all the savings we need.
Mindy Myers, chief of staff to RI Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, is leaving the Whitehouse office to become chief of staff in Washington for Massachusetts Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren.
Myers, 36, has proven in the last several election cycles that she is one of the Democratic Party’s top young political operatives. (The next Mary Beth Cahill?) Myers was campaign manager for Whitehouse in his 2006 upset of then-Republican incumbent Sen. Lincoln Chafee. In 2008, she was head of President Obama’s New Hampshire campaign.