We have lots of threads about the other branches of government. But what about everyone's favorite branch, the Legislative? We're a month or so into the 115th Congress, and there's a lot of things going on! This is your spot to discuss bills moving their way through congress, upcoming votes, hearings that may be going on, and general congressional drama.
But first, let's take a look at our congressional leadership.
In the House, the current Speaker is Paul Ryan
(R-Wisconsin 1st District). His stated agenda is repealing the ACA, and he would also like to replace it with something. He's not sure what he'll be replacing it with, but rest assured it will be great. He also wants to cut taxes for rich people and raise them for poor people
. Please don't ask him about Donald Trump.
The House minority leader is still Nancy Pelosi
(D- California 12th District). At this point, she's fighting a rear guard action on the accomplishments of the 111th congress
, hoping that the Republican's lack of substantial follow-through on a replacement for the ACA will prevent them from doing anything substantive to destroy the law.
In the Senate, we have our Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell
(R-Kentucky). He's a big fan of the Trump agenda so far
, as I would hope, considering his wife is in Trump's cabinet
. Currently, he's preoccupied finishing the work of getting Trump's nominees approved, and ramping up for what will likely be a pretty brutal battle over the confirmation of Gorsuch
to the Supreme Court.
Our Senate Minority Leader is Chuck Schumer
(D - New York). He has been somewhat preoccupied with confirmation hearings lately, and despite a pretty rough start, allowing Senate D's to support some pretty unqualified/bad nominees from Trump, Senate Democrats have been more unified in opposition on more recent nominations. It remains to be seen what the Senate Democrat strategy will be for the upcoming Supreme Court confirmation.
Last but not least, many members have been recently deluged with calls, letters, emails about a lot of the actions the Trump administration has been taking. A lot of congresspeople have had some pretty rough townhalls lately, too. For example:
This is also the place to discuss those! This is not the place to discuss Trump's cabinet, his executive orders, his hair, the Surpreme Court, or the hit 90's sitcom Friends, except in how they pertain to Congress.
Go forth and let the crongresscritters have a piece of your mind