Rep. Pitts Won’t Seek Re-election in 2016

Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) said today he will not seek re-election next year. Pitts has served in Congress since 1997 and has been chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health since 2011. “With great appreciation for the support of all those who have contacted me to urge me to run for re-election, […]

House Passes Highway Bill

The House today passed a six-year highway funding bill. The measure still needs to be reconciled with the Senate version before it can be sent to the White House for President Obama’s signature. Funding for highway projects expires on Nov. 20.

Senators at Odds with Party Constituents on Trade Promotion Authority

Senators today blocked consideration of legislation that would grant Trade Promotion Authority to President Barack Obama, showing both parties to be out of step with their constituents. The majority of Democratic voters say Obama should have the power to negotiate international trade deals that Congress can later approve or reject, according to a Morning Consult […]

Ahead of Net Neutrality Vote, FCC Gains More Public Trust

Republican efforts to wrest control of the net neutrality decision-making process from the Federal Communications Commission aren’t resonating with the American public. Four times as many registered voters said the FCC, not Congress, should be responsible for determining internet regulations, according to a new Morning Consult poll. Thirty-six percent said the FCC is best equipped […]

Academy Picks ‘Birdman,’ Voters Prefer ‘American Sniper’

The Academy has spoken, declaring “Birdman” the Best Picture at last night’s Oscars. But in the minds of U.S. voters, “American Sniper” should’ve taken the top honors. Thirty-six percent of respondents in a Morning Consult poll said the war film starring Bradley Cooper deserved the award, six times as many who said “Birdman” should win. […]

Financial Vulnerabilities of New Trade Pact Questioned

President Barack Obama’s promise to veto any legislation that would weaken financial rules and regulations may be put to the test this year by way of a free-trade agreement his administration supports. International negotiators are almost finished hammering out the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade pact that includes the U.S. and 11 other […]

Washington Not Failing on Financial Front But Far From Receiving High Marks

More than five years after the official end of the Great Recession, Congress and the White House aren’t instilling much confidence in voters when it comes to protecting retirement savings and preventing another financial crisis. Morning Consult polled registered voters about how those two branches of government are handling those common concerns, as well as […]

Finance in 2015

The new year may have just started, but we already have a good idea of where the big stories in finance politics and policy are heading. Below we take a look at the debates that could dominate 2015. And if you missed it earlier, check out our review of 2014’s most important finance stories. 1) Chipping Away […]