Vilsack: For Farmers, 2010 Was a Very Good Year

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was on NPR’s Weekend Edition recently, talking about how agriculture fared in 2010 and what’s on his mind as work begins on the 2012 Farm Bill. Speaking with host Liane Hansen, Vilsack said 2010 saw a 34% increase in net farm income, thanks largely to exports of […]

Couldn’t Americans Learn From This?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson It’s a pleasure to end the week with this inspiring post from the Egyptian English-language website Ahram Online. It’s reassuring to know that there are still large numbers of people unswayed by the efforts of some to make us live lives of fear and intolerance. Egypt’s Muslims attend Coptic Christmas mass, […]

Senate Rules Still Pending

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson As expected, a group of Democratic Senators has introduced amendments to the Senate rules that would, if adopted, put an end to the power of a single senator to delay or outright block a vote on a Presidential nomination or proposed legislation. More proposals, and modifications of the proposals set out […]

New Session, New Rules — Part 2

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson  On Wednesday, when the Senate convenes for its first session of the 112th Congress, Democrats intend to modify two rules that have allowed a small minority to virtually paralyze the chamber for the past two years. The two rules are not new; what’s new is the attitude of the Republican caucus. […]

New Session, New Rules — Part 1

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson  When the 112th Congress convenes on Wednesday, January 5, both the House of Representatives and the Senate have the opportunity to set new procedural rules for the session. Following established custom, as the first order of business each chamber will vote on its operating rules for the next two years. An […]