The hours are dwindling to Christmas and the annual shopping frenzy is on. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says we should shop local to support the Rhode Island economy and details what Congress can do to help.
The twinkle of seasonal lights on new fallen snow are everywhere, Christmas shopping is in full blush and youngsters are readying for the annual reading of Clement Clarke Moore’s classic `Twas the Night Before Christmas.’
A photographer living in downtown Providence has caught amazing photos of hawks, owls and falcons flying above the capital city. He discovered the wild birds by following the pigeons.
It all started when Peter Green moved into an apartment facing the Superman building. He loved to watch the pigeons fly outside his window, and one day he spotted a falcon munching the pigeons that had captured his attention.
Both Rhode Island Democratic U.S. Senators supported Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to change Senate rules to break Republican filibusters of President Obama’s nominees.
Sen. Jack Reed said he doesn’t see the change to get a majority rule threshhold for nominees as a victory for either Democrats or Republicans. Rather, Reed said, ``the goal is to get Congress working more effectively because the country deserves better.’’
Legislation to make more funding available to train new doctors in child psychiatry has cleared a hurdle in congress. If it becomes law, it could boost access to treatment at places like Bradley Hospital.
U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has given his 50th floor speech on climate change. Whitehouse has been expounding on climate change on the Senate floor once a week for over a year. In his 50th speech Wednesday he cautioned climate change deniers about public opinion.
“Those in Congress who would deny science to protect the polluting interests increasingly look ridiculous even to their own side,” said Whitehouse. “It’s not just time to wake up. People are waking up. And inevitably the truth will be fully known.”
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has become the second member of the RI Washington, D.C. delegation to use the 16-day federal government shutdown as a rationale for raising campaign dollars. In an e-mail message to supporters, Whitehouse decries the Republican-inspired closing of the federal government.
``If there is one thing we have learned in these past weeks, it’s that the Tea Party will go to great lengths – including putting the American economy in danger and holding our government hostage – to destroy Obamacare,’’ writes Democrat Whitehouse.
Rhode Island’s congressional delegation is roundly criticizing House Republicans over the budget impasse. Over the weekend Republican lawmakers agreed to continue funding the government beyond midnight Monday provided there’s a one year delay in the implementation of Obamacare; a proposal that’s dead on arrival in the Senate and the White House.
Congressman David Cicilline calls the House Republican caucus strategy the “height of irresponsibility” and he has harsh words for House Speaker John Boehner.
With Congress on its August recess, Rhode Island Pubic Radio invited the four members of the Rhode Island delegation in to our studio to talk about major issues facing the state and the nation. We conclude our series with Congressman Jim Langevin.
We’d like to note this interview was recorded before President Obama asked Congress to authorize a strike against Syria.