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Congressional Dish Podcast

by Jennifer Briney

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Congressional Dish: The only podcast that explains the laws and bills passed by the U.S. Congress, and exposes all their dirty little secrets. Hosted by @JenBriney. Notes and links available at www.congressionaldish.com.


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CD149: Fossil Fuel Foxes

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Mon, Apr 24, 2017


Exxon Mobil’s CEO is now the Secretary of State. The Koch Brothers’ Congressman is the CIA Director. We’ve already seen signs that the Trump Administration and the fossil fuel industry are merging. In this episode, hear the highlights of the confirmation hearings of the two men now most responsible for environmental law enforcement in the […]

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CD148: Trump’s First Laws

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Apr 09, 2017


We have the first wave of the Trump laws! In this episode, highlights of the most impactful laws from the first three months of the 115th Congress, which include favors to the fossil fuel industry, gun industry, telecommunications industry, and defense contractors. In addition, learn about a law (that’s flown completely under the radar) that […]

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CD147: Controlling Puerto Rico

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Mar 31, 2017


What is Puerto Rico? Many Americans – if not most – are unaware that Puerto Rico is a part of the United States. In this episode, learn the history of our scandalous treatment of the US citizens living in Puerto Rico and explore how Puerto Rico’s past foreshadowed the United States’ present… and possibly our […]

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CD146: Repeal & Replace

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Mon, Mar 13, 2017


“Repeal & Replace” is on the move! The American Health Care Act is the Republican plan to partially repeal the Affordable Care Act and it is quickly moving through Congress. In this episode, discover exactly what the bill would do if it were to become law. Also, Jen gives status updates on bills listeners are […]

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CD145: Price of Health Care

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Feb 26, 2017


Former Congressman Tom Price is our new Secretary of Health and Human Services, making him the chief law enforcement officer of health care policy in the United States. In this episode, hear highlights from his Senate confirmation hearings as we search for clues as to the Republican Party plans for repealing the Affordable Care Act. […]

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CD144: Trump’s War Manufacturers

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Feb 12, 2017


Defense Secretary General James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo have been confirmed by the Senate and are now the most powerful influencers of foreign policy in the Trump Administration. In this episode, we examine their worldviews by investigating their pre-Trump Administration experience as corporate titans and hearing critical highlights […]

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CD143: Trump’s Law Enforcers

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Mon, Jan 23, 2017


The Attorney General and the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security are the most powerful domestic law enforcement officers in the United States government. In this episode, hear critical highlights from the confirmation hearings of President Trump's nominees for those jobs: Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General and General John Kelly for Secretary of […]

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CD142: Unethical Rules

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Jan 08, 2017


The 115th Congress has begun! In this episode, we take a quick look at that government funding law that sets up an April funding crisis for this new Congress and we take a closer look at the shady new rules governing the 115th House of Representatives. Please support Congressional Dish: Click here to contribute with […]

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CD141: Terrorist Gifts & The Ministry of Propaganda (2017 NDAA)

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Dec 25, 2016


The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act grants permission for next year’s wars. In this episode, we look at how the new law, in partnership with a reckless Executive Order, will provide weapons to terrorists and legalize American wars fought with foreign humans. Also in this episode, learn about the new Ministry of Propaganda (the “Global […]

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CD140: The War Mongers’ Plan

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Mon, Dec 12, 2016


No one really knows what Donald Trump plans to do as US Commander in Chief, but the United States’ most influential war mongers have a plan. In this episode, hear the highlights from a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing – a hearing that was kept off of C-SPAN and had no one in attendance – […]

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CD139: Inside Congress

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Nov 20, 2016


Chip Lake is a member of the Congressional Dish community and the former Chief of Staff to retiring Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia's 3rd district. In this enlightening episode, Chip provides valuable insight on how Congressional offices operate, which committees are the most powerful, what candidates buy with their "campaign contributions", and much more. Please […]

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CD138: Election of President Trump

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Nov 13, 2016


President Trump with a GOP Congress. The shock has not worn off. In this commentary-heavy episode, Jen shares some key moments from her Election Night experience, takes a close look at the incoming 115th Congress, and tries to process her thoughts on what we're in for with a fully Republican Congress working with President Donald […]

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CD137: Story of the 114th Congress

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Mon, Oct 31, 2016


The 2016 Election is finally here; in this episode, we take a look at the job performance of our 114th Congress. Please support Congressional Dish: Click here to contribute with PayPal or Bitcoin; click the PayPal "Make it Monthly" checkbox to create a monthly subscription Click here to support Congressional Dish for each episode via […]

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CD136: Building WWIII

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Mon, Oct 17, 2016


The deadline to fund the government has passed and only one section of the government was funded in full for 2017: Military Construction and the Veteran's Administration. In this episode, analyze the wisdom of the the military construction projects that are soon to begin and learn about the rest of the law that extended current […]

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CD135: Education is Big Business (Every Student Succeeds Act)

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Oct 02, 2016


The Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law at the end of 2015 and is a major overhaul of education policy in the United States. In this episode, find out how the new law will likely lead to a massive transfer of taxpayer money into private pockets. Please support Congressional Dish: Click here to […]

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CD134: The EpiPen Hearing

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Sep 25, 2016


Epinephrine injectors are life saving devices for people with food allergies and one company – Mylan Inc. – produces almost all of them. In this episode, listen to the highlights from a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee grilling of Mylan CEO Heather Bresch, and judge her justification for raising the EpiPen's price over 600% […]

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CD133: The Electoral College

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Mon, Sep 12, 2016


In a Presidential Election year when the Big Two Parties have selected widely disliked candidates, is it possible to vote None of the Above into the Presidency? In this episode, by learning how the electoral college works, we explore our options for realistically denying the Presidency to the chosen candidates of the Republican and Democratic […]

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CD132: Airplanes!

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Aug 28, 2016


The Federal Aviation Administration performs the essential work of keeping airplanes from crashing into each other in the sky; in this episode, we take a look at the new law that temporarily funds the FAA and makes some important changes to aviation law. We also travel back in time to the week after 9/11 to […]

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CD131: Bombing Libya

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Mon, Aug 15, 2016


Congress goes on vacation; the Executive Branch escalates a war. In this episode, we look back at the 2011 Libya regime change to understand why we are bombing again in 2016. Please support Congressional Dish: Click here to contribute with PayPal or Bitcoin Mail Contributions to: 2244 Oak Grove Rd, P.O. Box 30507, Walnut Creek, […]

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CD130: Netroots Nation

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Mon, Jul 25, 2016


Netroots Nation is an annual political conference where "progressive" politicians, journalists, and activists gather to exchange ideas. In this episode, Jen highlights her experience at Netroots Nation 2016. Included are an update on the status of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other interesting insights into the current state of the Democratic Party's political base. Please support […]

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CD129: The Impeachment of John Koskinen

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Mon, Jul 11, 2016


Impeachment: A serious punishment for serious corruption. In this episode, learn why Congress has begun the process of impeaching IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and how his impeachment would prevent light from being shined upon dark money in politics. Please support Congressional Dish: Click here to contribute with PayPal or Bitcoin Mail Contributions to: 2244 Oak […]

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CD128: Crisis in Puerto Rico

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Jun 26, 2016


Puerto Rico is in trouble and only the U.S. Congress can help the island of U.S. citizens. Does the bill quickly moving through Congress actually help Puerto Rico? Please support Congressional Dish: Click here to contribute with PayPal or Bitcoin Mail Contributions to: 2244 Oak Grove Rd, P.O. Box 30507, Walnut Creek, CA 94598 Click […]

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CD127: The Fast Act (The Transportation Funding Law)

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Jun 12, 2016


Transportation: We all need it, and Congress funded it. In this episode, we take a detailed look into the FAST Act, which funds our national transportation network for the next five years. Please support Congressional Dish: Click here to contribute with PayPal or Bitcoin Mail Contributions to: 2244 Oak Grove Rd, P.O. Box 30507, Walnut […]

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CD126: The Presidential Primary

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Tue, May 24, 2016


Beware: Opinions ahead! In this special episode, Jen discusses who she will vote for in the June 7th Presidential Primary. Please support Congressional Dish: Click here to contribute with PayPal or Bitcoin Mail Contributions to: 2244 Oak Grove Rd, P.O. Box 30507, Walnut Creek, CA 94598 Click here to shop on Amazon – Congressional Dish […]

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CD125: Un-Governing the Internet

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, May 08, 2016


The Internet is a powerful international communications tool; how does the 114th Congress plan to change how it's governed? In this episode, learn about the bills that are moving through Congress that could have a direct effect on the future of the Internet. Please support Congressional Dish: Click here to contribute with PayPal or Bitcoin […]

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CD124: The Costs of For-Profit War

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Apr 24, 2016


Two defense contractors went on a podcast and everything they said was true. In this episode, discover the shocking extent to which our government has privatized wartime operations. Please support Congressional Dish: Click here to contribute with PayPal or Bitcoin Mail Contributions to: 2244 Oak Grove Rd, P.O. Box 30507, Walnut Creek, CA 94598 Click […]

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CD123: Health or Profits

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Apr 10, 2016


Health: Is there anything more important? In this episode, we examine three bills that moved through Congress in 2016 which would have a direct effect on the health of American citizens. Would the changes benefit you? This episode is dedicated to the loving memory of Nathan Brightbill. He will be forever loved and missed. Please […]

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CD122 European Union Attacks

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Mon, Mar 28, 2016


In the wake of the Brussels bombings, which attacked the heart of the European Union, we examine the history of the European Union and how this terrorist attack may affect its future. Please support Congressional Dish: Click here to contribute with PayPal or Bitcoin Mail Contributions to: 2244 Oak Grove Rd, P.O. Box 30507, Walnut […]

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CD121: Legislative Sabotage

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Mar 13, 2016


Stop the laws! In this episode, learn the details of three bills that passed the House of Representatives in January which would make enforcing laws more difficult for Federal agencies. Please support Congressional Dish: Click here to contribute with PayPal or Bitcoin Mail Contributions to: 2244 Oak Grove Rd, P.O. Box 30507, Walnut Creek, CA […]

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CD120: Cybersecurity For Sale

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Mon, Feb 29, 2016


CISA is law; all private companies have immunity for sharing data with the government for "cybersecurity", so what happens now? In this episode, we examine the plans being discussed and implemented by Congress to secure the data stored by the U.S. Government. Please support Congressional Dish: Vote for Jennifer Briney's Training to See Her Speak […]

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CD119: Angel Watch Center

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Feb 14, 2016


Good news! A new law was signed that creates the Angel Watch Center within the Department of Homeland Security, which will coordinate travel monitoring of convicted sex offenders. In this episode, Jen discusses the new law with Tim Ballard, the Founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad, which is an organization dedicated to saving children […]

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CD118: How to Get Your Name on the Ballot

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Feb 07, 2016


In this special episode, we take a look at the different rules for getting on the ballot for the House of Representatives in all fifty States, and take a look at how some States made it way too hard for Independents to qualify. Please support Congressional Dish: Click here to contribute with PayPal or Bitcoin […]

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CD117: Authorization for Limitless War

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Jan 31, 2016


War ahead! While the country was busy preparing for a giant snowstorm, the leader of the Senate quietly made an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) eligible for a vote in the Senate, fast tracking it through normal Senate process. In this episode, take a look at the details of this AUMF and […]

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CD116: Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – Environment Chapter

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Jan 24, 2016


In the third and final episode in our Trans-Pacific Partnership series, we take a look at the TPP Environment Chapter; would the treaty actually improve enforcement of environmental laws around the world? Please support Congressional Dish: Click here to contribute with PayPal or Bitcoin Mail Contributions to: 2244 Oak Grove Rd, P.O. Box 30507, Walnut […]

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CD115: Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Access to Medicine

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Jan 17, 2016


Need drugs? The Trans-Pacific Partnership is an international treaty that Congress needs to approve. In this episode, find out how the TPP would affect your access to medicine. Would this treaty provide you access to life-saving drugs or would it provide the pharmaceutical industry excessive profits? Please support Congressional Dish: Click here to contribute with […]

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CD114: Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Investment Chapter

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Jan 10, 2016


The Trans-Pacific Partnership is finished and will be eligible for a vote in Congress in February 2016. In December, the Democrats held a hearing on the Investment chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In this episode, highlights from that hearing and a summary of the provisions in one of the TPP's most important chapters. Please support […]

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CD113: CISA is Law

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Dec 27, 2015


Cybersecurity or surveillance? What does the language attached at the last minute to the 2,009 page omnibus government funding bill actually authorize? In this episode, we take a close look at what just became law. Please support Congressional Dish: Click here to contribute with PayPal or Bitcoin Mail Contributions to: 2244 Oak Grove Rd, P.O. […]

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CD112: Dingle-berries on the Omnibus (2016)

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Dec 20, 2015


Available for less than 3 days before the votes, the 2,009 page “omnibus” government funding bill was signed into law. History will not look kindly upon provisions that give private companies immunity for forwarding data to the government, make policing political contributions illegal, repeal a food labeling law, restrict international travel, and allow environmental damage. […]

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CD111: Fall 2015 Overview

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Dec 13, 2015


Three months of Congress condensed into under one hour. In this episode, we take a look at our new laws, some controversial bills, and the most interesting hearings from September, October, and November. This episode is also a call for feedback: Which hearings sound most interesting to you? Please support Congressional Dish: Click here to […]

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CD110: Government Funding Crisis of 2015

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Dec 06, 2015


Government shutdown ahead! On December 11th, the government is scheduled to run out of money. In this episode, hear the story of how we ended up on the brink of a shutdown (again) and what you can expect in the next few weeks (hint: A huge must-sign bill that includes lots of corporate favors). We […]

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CD109: Know Your GMO with Cara Santa Maria

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Nov 29, 2015


Cara Santa Maria joins Jen to discuss a House of Representatives passed bill which creates a national system for labeling genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and prohibits states from enacting their own GMO labeling laws. Follow Cara on Twitter: @CaraSantaMaria Like Cara on Facebook: ScienceCara Please support Congressional Dish: Click here to contribute with PayPal or […]

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CD108: Regime Change

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Nov 22, 2015


Syria: We're told we're at war to fight ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State but in a Congressional hearing that took place the week before the Paris attacks, State Department officials were talking about a different goal. In this episode, highlights from that House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. What are we really doing in Syria? Please support Congressional Dish: […]

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CD107: New Laws & Veterans’ Health Care

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Nov 15, 2015


Good news can be found in this episode! In July, eight bills were signed into law and none of them will make you want to flee the country. Topics covered include veterans and their health care, product warranties, transportation funding, and more. At the end of the episode, Jen shares some happy news. Please support […]

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CD106: CISA and Friends

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Nov 08, 2015


CISA – the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act – has officially passed the Senate. While Congress is busy merging CISA with two other so-called cybersecurity bills that passed the House of Representatives, in this episode, by taking an in-depth look at the contents of all three bills, we discover that these bills are not what you’re […]

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CD105: Anthrax

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Nov 01, 2015


In July, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that would allow expiring anthrax vaccines to be given to civilian emergency responders within the United States. The question: Is that vaccine safe? In this episode, we look at the history of the anthrax vaccine and the results of the investigation into the only anthrax […]

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CD104: Time for a Change

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Tue, Oct 27, 2015


A special announcement about the future of Congressional Dish; good things are coming soon!

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CD103: Crazy Busy June

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Wed, Sep 30, 2015


More bills than anyone could possible read were passed by a branch of Congress in June, including the 994 page National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), four government funding bills, and thirty bills governing a wide range of topics, including Wall Street, MediCare, fishing, carbon dioxide emissions, stolen art, chemical storage, taxes, and more. Please support […]

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CD102: The World Trade Organization: COOL?

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Tue, Sep 01, 2015


Do you want to know where your food comes from? Well, Congress is in the process of repealing our Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law because the World Trade Organization says our meat labels are internationally illegal. In this special episode, we take a look at the World Trade Organization: What is it? Where did […]

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CD101: Trade Away May

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Jul 31, 2015


Lots of new laws! Hear all about the final version of fast track and other trade related dingleberries, new measures to combat human trafficking, and new benefits for veterans. In this episode, you'll also learn about the bills that passed at least one branch of Congress in May, which include a poisonous scientific research funding […]

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CD100: Intro to Lobbying with Jack Abramoff

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Jul 18, 2015


In this special 100th episode of Congressional Dish, Jen interviews Jack Abramoff, the most famous lobbyist in the world. After spending 3.5 years in prison, Jack has been speaking out against the systemic corruption he participated in during his time in Washington D.C. and in this episode, he tells us Washington's secrets. Jack Abramoff's book: […]

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CD099: April Takes a Turn

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Jun 27, 2015


Medicare, cybersecurity, favors for banks, mortgages, IRS bullying, a tax cut for the rich, and a couple of good ideas are highlighted from the law and bills that passed Congress in April. Please support Congressional Dish: Click here to contribute with PayPal or Bitcoin Mail Contributions to: P.O. Box 10902, Oakland, CA 94610 Click here […]

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CD098: USA Freedom Act: Privatization of the Patriot Act

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Wed, Jun 03, 2015


It's law! The USA Freedom Act, which reauthorizes and privatizes portions of the Patriot Act, is being called a victory for privacy… but it's not. In this episode, find out all the details of the bill that was signed into law just hours after this episode was recorded, including how it continues bulk data collection […]

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CD097: Nothing Horrible in March

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Wed, May 13, 2015


A resignation, renewed "national emergencies", help for a (very) few veterans, screwing over of VA employees and Native Americans, favors for drug companies, changes to Amtrak, a veto threat and more are highlighted from a relatively calm March in Congress. In the second half of this episode, Jen discusses her plan to keep producing Congressional […]

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CD096: Fast Tracking Fast Track (Trade Promotion Authority)

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Mon, Apr 27, 2015


Time sensitive episode! Congress is rushing to pass a bill that would grant the President Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which hands Congress' power to negotiate international treaties to the Executive Branch. In this episode, we look at the details of the Trade Promotion Authority bill. Is giving the Executive Branch this power a good idea? […]

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CD095: Secret International Regulations (TPA & TPP)

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Apr 12, 2015


In this special episode, we prepare for the Senate's upcoming push to fast-track multiple "free trade" agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). We also look into the January 2015 draft text of the leaked TPP Investment Chapter. Please support Congressional Dish: Click here to contribute with PayPal or Bitcoin Mail Contributions to: P.O. Box 10902, […]

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CD094 A Damage-Free February

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Mar 28, 2015


A summary of all the bills that passed at least one branch of Congress in February, including six bills destined for a veto and one new law. Please support Congressional Dish: Click here to contribute with PayPal or Bitcoin Mail Contributions to: P.O. Box 10902, Oakland, CA 94610 Click here to shop on Amazon – […]

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CD093: Our Future in War

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Mar 13, 2015


In this episode, learn about our global war strategy for the 114th Congress through highlights of two Senate Armed Services Committee hearings. Witnesses include former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, Madeline Albright, and George Shultz and retired military leaders General James Mattis, General Jack Keane, and Admiral William Fallon. Please support Congressional Dish: Click here […]

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CD092 The Story of the DHS Almost-Shutdown

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Thu, Mar 05, 2015


On February 27, 2015 the Department of Homeland Security came within hours of shutting down. In this episode, get the full story, from start to finish, of this unnecessary funding crisis. Please support Congressional Dish: Click here to contribute with PayPal or Bitcoin Mail Contributions to: P.O. Box 10902, Oakland, CA 94610 Click here to […]

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CD091: DHS Shutdown Averted… For a Week

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Feb 28, 2015


In this special episode, catch up on all the drama that surrounded the near shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security. First, sit on the couch with Jen and Matt as they watch the first plan to avert a shutdown go down in flames, then sit in on a conversation between Jen and her step-brother […]

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CD090 January: Wall Street Gets Some Love

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Thu, Feb 12, 2015


A summary of January, the first month of the 114th Congress. In this episode, a favor for Wall Street is signed into law, the Senate did almost nothing, and the House passed bills that benefit Wall Street, fossil fuel companies, and companies that don't want to give you health insurance. There were a few good […]

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CD089: Secrets of the CRomnibus (2015 Budget)

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Jan 31, 2015


In this episode, we look at the riders added to the must-sign 2015 budget, including favors for Wall Street, unions, agribusiness, the oil and gas industry, electric utilities, the vending machine industry, telecoms, the trucking industry, the insurance industry, and the politicians themselves. Please Support Congressional Dish: Nominate Congressional Dish for the 2015 Podcast Award […]

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CD088: What is the 114th Congress?

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Jan 10, 2015


IIn this bonus episode, a quick overview of Congressional basics. We also examine the priorities of the 114th Congress by reviewing the bills that were passed during its first week. Please Support Congressional Dish: Click here to contribute with PayPal or Bitcoin Mail Contributions to: P.O. Box 10902, Oakland, CA 94610 Click here to shop […]

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CD087 Run for Congress with Chris Clemmons

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Mon, Jan 05, 2015


In this episode, an interview with Chris Clemmons, a member of the Congressional Dish family who ran for the House of Representatives in Kansas' 2nd district. In this episode, we discuss the experience of running for Federal office, the election results, and begin to brainstorm how to win without corporate cash in 2016. Please Support […]

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CD086: The CRomnibus Hearing

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Dec 20, 2014


In this special episode, Matt Acalin joins Jen to watch the only hearing that will ever take place regarding the 1,603 page “CRomnibus”, which funds most of the government for 2015. Please support Congressional Dish: Click here to contribute with PayPal or Bitcoin Mail Contributions to: P.O. Box 10902, Oakland, CA 94610 Click here to […]

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CD085: The November Bills

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Tue, Nov 25, 2014


After the election, the House of Representatives passed five bills that would help the fossil fuel industry. Included in this episode are a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, a bill to sell off oil-rich public land to a private corporation, and three bills that make life harder at the EPA. Finally, we end […]

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CD084 Corporations Win the Midterm Election

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Thu, Nov 06, 2014


In this episode, the Republicans won control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. A press conference by soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gives us an idea of what they intend to do with their new power. Information Presented in this Episode Video: Mitch McConnell’s press conference on November 5, 2014, the […]

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CD083: The Story of the 113th Congress

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Oct 31, 2014


This episode is the summary of everything that happened in the House of Representatives during the 113th Congress. Information Presented in This Episode The One Bill by Which All Representatives Should be Judged Find out how your Representative voted on H.R. 992, the “bill written by CitiGroup that would allow banks to use our deposits […]

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CD082: Last Bills Before The Election

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Oct 26, 2014


In this episode, we discuss the bills that passed in August and September, the last bills to pass before the election. Included are bills that give money to Israel, screw over immigrant kids, audit the Fed, poison the environment, create huge corporate tax cuts, and more. Also, the story of CryptoWall, the computer virus holding […]

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CD081: The July Bills

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Oct 17, 2014


In this episode, we look at the bills that passed the House of Representatives in July but haven’t yet become law. Topics include tax cuts, student loans, education, Hezbollah, and pesticides in our water. H.R. 4718 Permanent Bonus Depreciation Tax Cut Brings back a tax cut that expired on December 31, 2013 and makes it […]

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CD080: The July Laws

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Oct 11, 2014


This episode examines three bills that passed Congress in July and have since become law. The first new law will give veterans quicker access to health care. The second new law is designed to provide job training to poor people, but a hidden provision will likely take us one step closer to 1984. The third […]

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CD079: The June Bills

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Tue, Sep 23, 2014


This episode highlights the laws and bills that passed the House of Representatives in June. Most of the bills this month were dedicated to cutting corporate taxes and keeping us hooked on fossil fuels. Laws S 1044: WWII Memorial Prayer Act The bill originated in the Senate, where it passed unanimously; it passed the House […]

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CD078: ISIS ISIL Bogeymen

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Thu, Sep 18, 2014


In this bonus episode, details and analysis of the authorization to create a new military in Syria which is speeding towards becoming law. Information Presented in This Episode Clips in this episode are from the September 16, 2014 hearing in the Senate Armed Services Committee with testimony from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of […]

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CD077: The May Bills

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Aug 30, 2014


In this episode, we look at a bill that furthers the “new normal” in Africa, a bill that sanctions Venezuela, a banking bill, a charter school bill, some silly bills that won’t become law, and a few Presidential declarations. Presidential Declarations H. Doc. 113-107: Withdrew Russia as a beneficiary country under the Generalized System of […]

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CD076: Weapons for the World

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Aug 16, 2014


A look at the funding for foreign militaries that might become law as part of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the House of Representatives in May. Included is a look at the US funding for Israel’s military, the funding for the “drug war” in Columbia, the “new normal” in Africa, the […]

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CD075: The April Bills

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Wed, Jul 23, 2014


This episode highlights the bills that passed the House of Representatives in April including a bill that makes it tougher for wage slaves to get health insurance, a bill that gives away weapons to other countries, a bill written for the banks that lets them gamble with risky financial products, and more. Bills Highlighted in […]

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CD074: The March Bills

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Jul 04, 2014


This episode highlights the bills that passed the House of Representatives in March, including a bill that allows toxic mountaintop removal waste to be dumped in streams, a bill that skips environmental reviews for new nuclear power plants, a bill that wasn’t meant to become law but could screw over every government employee if it […]

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CD073: Amtrak

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Tue, Jun 24, 2014


In this bonus episode, we look into the state of passenger rail service in the United States by examining the history and current condition of Amtrak, the only choice for passenger rail service in the nation. The United States has a third world passenger rail transportation system. There’s no denying it. There is only one […]

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CD072: The February Bills

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Tue, Jun 03, 2014


Catching up the the bills that passed the House of Representatives in February, this episode details a bill designed to keep campaign donors secret, a bill to make all regulations more difficult to enact, a bill that makes unlocking your cell phone legal, a bill that prohibits states from seizing your land for another private […]

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CD071: Our New Laws

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, May 17, 2014


In this episode, we look at all the important bills that become laws since the start of 2014, including a law that might cost you thousands of dollars per year, a law that ends public financing of political party nominating conventions, and a law that President Obama openly intends to ignore. We also discuss the […]

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CD070: New Flood Insurance Law

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, May 03, 2014


In March, the President signed into a law some changes to our flood policy law. What is our flood policy law in the United States? How did we change it? Are the changes good? In the United States, we have a nationalized flood insurance industry. The question becomes then, does our flood insurance system have […]

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CD069 Giving Away Your Land

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Thu, Apr 17, 2014


In February, the House passed a package of ten bills that give away or sell Federal land, most of them so that private interests can use our land for profit.   To contribute to Congressional Dish, please use the PayPal link below. Thank you.   HR 2954: Public Access & Lands Improvement Act The Congressional […]

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CD068: Ukraine Aid Bill

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Apr 05, 2014


We have a new law! President Obama signed a bill loaning a billion dollars and giving another $150 million to Ukraine. In this episode, we find out exactly what’s in it and why we are giving money to Ukraine – and other countries in Central and Eastern Europe. HR 4152: Ukraine Aid Bill Highlighted pdf […]

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CD067: What Do We Want In Ukraine?

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Thu, Mar 27, 2014


The United States appears prepared to restart the Cold War and loan at least $1 billion of our tax money to Ukraine through the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Why? In this episode, we look at what we’re asking for in Ukraine in return for our generosity. * For an excellent perspective on the Russian invasion […]

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CD066: A Hunter’s Point of View

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Mar 22, 2014


In early February, the House passed a package of eight bills that are supposed to appeal to hunters and fisherman. For this episode, Jen is joined by Cody Herman, host of Day One Outdoors and owner of Day One Outdoors adventure tour company, who helps Jen understand the bills and discusses whether or not the […]

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CD065: Federal Intervention in California Water Rights

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Mar 08, 2014


On February 5, the House of Representatives passed a bill that takes away California’s right to divide its dwindling water supply. The bill forces California to take water away from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta and give it to Agribusiness in the San Joaquin Valley, voiding a bunch of State and environmental laws in the […]

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CD064 Chemicals Shall Spill

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Mon, Feb 24, 2014


In this episode, we catch up on all the bills that passed the House of Representatives in January, including a bill to protect chemical storage companies from having to pay for their messes, a few bills to damage ObamaCare, and a bill to make sure private health insurance companies can’t pay for abortions. Information Presented […]

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CD063: 2013 The Year in Review

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Feb 15, 2014


In this episode, Jen and Joe recap all the bills that passed the House of Representatives and were covered on Congressional Dish in 2013. Also, an update on the debt ceiling. Music in This Episode: Intro and Exit Music: Tired of Being Lied To by David Ippolito (found on Music Alley by mevio) In Your […]

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CD062: The Farm Bill

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Feb 08, 2014


On February 7, President Obama signed the Farm Bill into law, which will govern our food policy for the next five years. In the new law are cuts to food stamps, an expansion of an extremely generous crop insurance program, bailouts for livestock producers, a big favor for chemical companies, and much more. Music in […]

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CD061: State of the Budget

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Feb 01, 2014


This episode is a mash-up of the State of the Union and the 2014 budget. We compare the impression President Obama gave us about what to expect for this upcoming year with the reality of what was funded in the last-minute and little-examined budget which he signed into law just two weeks before the speech. […]

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CD060: Fast Track for TPP

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Jan 11, 2014


This week, a bill was introduced in both the House and the Senate that would hand Congress’ power to negotiate trade deals, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, over to the President. We also look at the budget agreement to get an idea of what Congress is putting into their last-minute must-sign-by-next-week budget. Finally, thoughts on […]

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CD059: NDAA 2014

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Jan 04, 2014


Congress and President Obama worked together to fast-track a new & unexamined NDAA into law. The new law essentially makes NSA data collection legal, cuts military pensions, and spends an enormous amount of money making sure the United States is able to destroy the entire world at a moment’s notice. Links to Information in This […]

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CD058: Space Travel, TSA, Wall Street, & Patents

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Dec 21, 2013


During the first week of December, the House of Representatives passed bills to extend an insurance program that provides taxpayer bailouts to private space exploration companies, made changes to TSA policies, tried (again) to deregulate Wall Street gamblers, and tried to shut down patent trolls. Information Presented in this Episode H.R. 3547: “Space Launch Liability […]

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CD057: DATA Act-tually Pretty Good

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Dec 13, 2013


Hudson Hollister, Executive Director of the Data Transparency Coalition, schools Jen on the DATA Act, the bill from episode CD054. Turns out, the bill is not so bad; In fact, the bill could be really, really good. Links to Information Presented in This Episode CD054: The Hidden DATA Act episode with a detailed summary of […]

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CD056: Fired

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Dec 07, 2013


Jen’s husband loses his job; in this episode, the political situation that doomed his solar power company. Then we make a rough plan for the future, for ourselves and Congressional Dish. Joe Briney co-hosts. Links to Information in This Episode *Correction: Jen said that the sun shines in Western Oregon; it does not. She meant […]

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CD055: Three Bills for Fossil Fuels

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Thu, Nov 28, 2013


Before going home for Thanksgiving, the House passed three bills designed to fast-track permits for oil and natural gas drilling. This episode highlights the Congressmen who pushed these bills through the House. Bill Summaries H.R. 1965: “The Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act of 2013” passed the House of Representatives 228-192 on Wednesday, November […]

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CD054: Hidden Data Act

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Nov 23, 2013


A bill marketed as for “transparency” appears to keep information secret from the public and gut an oversight board. Taxpayers treat a group of Representatives to an expensive Summer getaway. Cocaine. HR 2061: “The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA) of 2013” passed the House of Representatives 388-1 on Monday, November 12, 2013. Section 3: […]

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CD053: TPP – The Leaked Chapter

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Nov 16, 2013


The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an international treaty being negotiated in almost total secrecy by the United States and eleven other nations. This week, Wikileaks published one of the twenty-nine chapters, the chapter on Intellectual Property. In this episode, we highlight the details of the patent and copyright laws contained in the leaked TPP chapter […]

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CD052: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Nov 09, 2013


The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secret international treaty designed to give corporations power over governments; it is labeled as a “free trade agreement”. The TPP will likely allow corporate control of the Internet, endanger food safety, increase medicine costs, remove environmental laws, prohibit financial regulations, and almost certainly would force the United States to […]

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CD051: Expand Bank Bailouts

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Nov 02, 2013


The House passed a bill this week that would expand the number of banks that will be eligible for government bailouts and eliminated rules to prevent the banks from making really risky bets with our money. New Information (Found Since this Podcast Episode Was Released) YouTube video: Insanity in the House, Part 2 by Mansur […]

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CD050: Privatize Water Projects

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Oct 26, 2013


Now that the government is back up and running and the American public has looked away, the House of Representatives got back to work privatizing our government. H.R. 3080 takes the first steps towards privatization of water projects typically done by the Army Corps of Engineers, using entirely fixable budget issues as the justification. Links […]

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CD049: Crisis… Postponed

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Oct 18, 2013


The shutdown is over & the debt ceiling postponed; we take a close look at the new law that finally ended the unnecessary crisis. Links to Information in This Episode Intro and Exit Music: Tired of Being Lied To by David Ippolito (found on Music Alley by mevio) Music: Now It’s Over by Smile Smile […]

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CD048: The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Oct 13, 2013


For this episode, I read the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The following is a resource for finding information within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. My goal was to highlight the portions of the bill that will most directly affect our lives and put them into plain, understandable English. I’d also […]

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CD047: Talking Pointing

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Oct 05, 2013


In the hours before the government shutdown, the crisis could have been averted. We take a look at the hours before the deadline and see what Congress has done since they slammed the government’s doors shut. Links to Information in This Episode Intro and Exit Music: Tired of Being Lied To by David Ippolito (found […]

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CD046: Shutdown Assured

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Mon, Sep 30, 2013


In this bonus episode, we take a detailed look at the House GOP’s latest version of the short-term government funding bill which would delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and therefore guarantee that the government will shut down. Links to Information in This Episode Intro and Exit Music: Tired of Being Lied To […]

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CD045: Stop the Shutdown

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Sep 27, 2013


The Senate edited the House’s version of the short-term government funding bill, stripping out the language that would not-really defund Obamacare. Full details on the Senate’s version, including some surprising good news, and a quick recap of the tiny bit of work the House accomplished this week. Links to Information in This Episode Intro and […]

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CD044: Pretend to Defund ObamaCare

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Sep 21, 2013


This week the House of Representatives passed a government funding bill that allegedly “defunds ObamaCare” but… not really. They also tried to cut food stamps, push nuclear power, exempt mining from environmental regulations, and more… Links to Information in This Episode Intro and Exit Music: Tired of Being Lied To by David Ippolito (found on […]

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CD043: Nothin’

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Sep 14, 2013


This week, after Russia took the Syria vote off the House schedule, the House did not fund the government for 2014 despite their September 30th deadline. In this episode, we look at what they did instead.  Links to Information in This Episode Intro and Exit Music: Tired of Being Lied To by David Ippolito (found […]

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CD042: House DHS Funding Bill

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Sep 06, 2013


In June 2013, the House of Representatives passed their version of a Department of Homeland Security funding bill. The House prioritizes border security and locking up immigrants at the expense of emergency preparedness and the TSA. Details and much more in this episode…  Links to Information in This Episode  H.R. 2217: The House version of […]

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CD041: Why Attack Syria?

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Aug 30, 2013


While the U.S. Congress remained on vacation, British Parliament was called back to debate a pending attack on Syria. We also look at some facts about Syria that suggest we might be getting into a Shock Doctrine type of situation. Links to Information in This Episode Intro Music: Tired of Being Lied To by David […]

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CD040: History of the Department of Homeland Security

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Mon, Aug 26, 2013


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) did not exist before September 11, 2001. In this episode, we look back at the bills that created these new government agencies.  Links to Information in This Episode Intro and Exit Music: Tired of Being Lied To by David Ippolito (found on Music […]

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CD039: The Charter School Bill

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Aug 18, 2013


On July 19, 2003, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would largely eliminate the Federal government’s role in K-12 education and expand the number of charter schools in the United States. H.R. 5: Student Success Act’s stated purpose is to undo a portion of the 2009 stimulus bill (the American Recovery and Re-Investment […]

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CD038: Wasting July

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Aug 09, 2013


In this episode, we catch up on most of the bills that passed the House during the last two weeks of August. A lot of bills were passed; very few have a prayer of becoming law. Intro and Exit Music: Tired of Being Lied To by David Ippolito (found on Music Alley by mevio) S. […]

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CD037: NSA Spying Debate

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Jul 26, 2013


Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan tried to attach an amendment to the Department of Defense funding bill for 2014 which would have limited the government’s authority to collect our telephone records. The amendment failed but not by much; the episode highlights the debate. Links to Information in This Episode Text of the Amash Amendment At […]

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CD036: Factory Farm Bill

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Jul 19, 2013


During the week of July 10-11, the House of Representatives passed a funding bill for agriculture programs which had only been available to read for 20 hours. In this episode, we take a closer look at what was in that surprise bill. Links to Information in This Episode Intro and Exit Music: Tired of Being […]

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CD035: Energy & Water

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Jul 13, 2013


Most of this episode is dedicated to the Energy & Water funding bill that passed the House of Representatives; however, the House also pulled a fast one this week, passing a 608-page agriculture bill that was available for public-reading for less than one day. Links to Information in This Episode Intro Music: Tired of Being […]

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CD034: Let’s Drill Offshore

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Jul 07, 2013


Before taking a week off for July 4th, the House passed a bill forcing the Obama administration to sell offshore leases to the oil and gas industry. Links to Information from this Episode Music: “At the Beach” by Andrew Dean & The Farm Machine (found on Music Alley by mevio) Congressional Dish summary of H.R. […]

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CD033: Let’s Deepwater Drill

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Jun 29, 2013


In this episode, the House of Representatives tries to approve ultra-deepwater drilling in the “Western Gap”: The middle of the Gulf of Mexico. Links to Information in This Episode Song: The Oil Spill song by Steve Clark Congressional Dish summary of H.R. 1613: The Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act Text of H.R. […]

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CD032: The Abortion Bill

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Jun 21, 2013


In this episode, the House schedule has Jen frustrated, the House Farm Bill unexpectedly dies, and the House passes an abortion bill. Links to Information in This Episode Govtrack: text and other information about H.R. 1947, the failed House Farm Bill Congress wants to get rid of direct payments to farmers. NPR: Why the Farm […]

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CD031: First Draft of 2014 NDAA

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Jun 14, 2013


In this episode, we take a look at the first draft of the 2014 Department of Defense funding bill and see what it tells us about the United States future in war. We also look at three bills the House passed for Wall Street. Links to Information in this Episode Music: I Disagree by 20 […]

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CD030: Military Construction & Anti-Biotics

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Jun 07, 2013


In this episode, a look at the House’s 2014 military construction and veterans funding bill’s first-draft and then examine whether it’s wise to continue a system that fast-tracks applications for animal anti-biotics. Links to Information in this Episode Music: “In Your Name” by The Undercover Hippy (found on MusicAlley by mevio) Congressional Dish summary of […]

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CD029: Keystone XL Pipeline

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, May 24, 2013


The House passed H.R. 3, a bill waiving permit requirements for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and passed H.R. 1911, a bill that could raise interest rates for college students while tying their rates to the market. Links to Information in this Episode: Music: We’ve Got Balls by Robin and the Giant (downloaded from […]

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CD028: The IRS Scandal

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, May 18, 2013


In this episode, highlights from the House Ways and Means Committee IRS scandal hearing. IRS staffers made a list of keywords including Tea Party, 9-12, Patriot, etc. to help them find social welfare groups applying for tax exempt status that were actually political in nature. This is the scandal you’ve been told about; the real […]

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CD027: Overtime

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, May 10, 2013


After a health care rant, we look at H.R. 1406, a bill that would have allowed workers to get vacation time instead of cash for their overtime. It’s a bill I’d actually like to see survive. Links to Information in this Episode Previous episode CD026 about H.R. 1549 Congressional Dish summary of H.R. 1549 “Help […]

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CD026: A Tale of Two Bills

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Apr 26, 2013


The House worked on two bills this week. H.R. 527, which changes the way we sell helium, passed in a beautifully bipartisan way. H.R. 1549, which dismantles a piece of ObamaCare, died a uniquely Republican death. Links to Information in this Episode Music: All Hail to the Market by Alun Parry (found on Music Alley […]

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CD025: What’s in CISPA?

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Wed, Apr 24, 2013


H.R. 624: The “Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act”, better known as CISPA, passed the House of Representatives and is now moving into the Senate. It’s a better bill than it was in the last Congress, but it’s still not ready to become law. Links to information in this podcast Music: Democracy is Dangerous by […]

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CD024: Let’s Gut the STOCK Act

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Apr 21, 2013


In the hours before the Boston marathon bombing, President Obama quietly signed a bill gutting the STOCK Act. Full details on the shady way both houses of Congress passed the bill in under two days. Links to Information in this Podcast Music: Money, Money, Money by The Undercover Hippy (found on MusicAlley by mevio) Congressional […]

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CD023: Boston Marathon

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Wed, Apr 17, 2013


This episode is dedicated to my family, friends, and neighbors in Boston.

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CD022: Crippling the Regulators

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Apr 12, 2013


The House passed two bills this week designed to prevent regulation enforcement; one prevents environmental reviews on certain hydro-power projects, the other prevents the National Labor Relations Board from functioning at all. Links to Information in this Podcast Song: We’ve Got Balls by Robin and the Giant (downloaded from Music Alley) Text of the bill: […]

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CD021: Trailblazer vs. ThinThread

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sun, Apr 07, 2013


Part 3 of the continuing resolution followed by a history of Trailblazer and ThinThread, the NSA’s spying programs. *Forward to 28:20 to hear the Trailblazer vs. Thinthread (NSA spying) story* H.R. 933: Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 B= Billion M= Million DIVISION E: VETERANS Title I—Department of Defense Construction (TOTAL: $10.6 B) […]

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CD020: Continuing Resolution, Part 2

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Mar 29, 2013


Part 2 of the Continuing Resolution which funds the government until September 30th. In this section, we look at the funding for the Defense Department and the Department of Homeland Security. H.R. 933: Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 B= Billion M= Million DIVISION C: DEFENSE DEPARTMENT (TOTAL FUNDING: $597,086,714,000) Title I—Military Personnel […]

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CD019: Continuing Resolution, Part 1

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Mar 23, 2013


Part 1 of a two part series on the continuing resolution that will fund the government until the end of September. In this episode, we examine the funding for the Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Justice, and science related appropriations. H.R. 933: Consolidated and Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 B = billion […]

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CD018: The Ryan Budget

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Mar 16, 2013


Low-lights of the Ryan budget are described after we run down the bills passed by the House this week. We also look into an eighteen-year emergency continued this week by President Obama. H.R. 749: Eliminate Privacy Confusion Act The banks currently have to send out a notice regarding their privacy policies every year. This bill […]

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CD017: VAWA & Funding Defense

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Mar 08, 2013


We take a close look at the Violence Against Women Act re-authorization as the President signs it into law. We also look at the continuing resolution passed by the House, which funds defense while leaving the rest of the government in chaos. S. 47: Violence Against Women Re-Authorization Act of 2013… Was signed by the […]

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CD016: They Want Cuts

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Mar 01, 2013


No one really tried to avert the sequester, the House of Representatives travels in style, and something good actually happened this week in Congress. Sequester Here is a rundown of what kind of effort each division of Congress put forth to try to avert the sequester. Senate Democrats offered S. 388: The American Family Economic […]

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CD015: Who Caused Sequester?

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Feb 22, 2013


House Republicans tried hard during their week off to label the huge March 1 cuts as “the President’s sequester”, but was President Obama really the cause? We go back to August 1, 2011, the day sequester was born, to see who was celebrating the cuts and how they passed the House. August 1, 2011: The […]

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CD014: Marching Towards Sequester

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Feb 15, 2013


Hydropower and veterans get some love from the House this week, while churches get taxpayer money and Federal workers get screwed… again. H.R. 267: Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act * Fast Tracks licensing for hydro-power generation on existing dams. * Passed with 0 No votes. * Only 3% of the 80,000 dams in the U.S. currently […]

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CD013: Surveillance, Stupidity, & Drones

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Feb 08, 2013


The House passes a surveillance bill masked as pediatric research and then wastes our time. Also, highlights from the leaked legal justification for the Obama Administration’s “lawful” drone bombing of American citizens. H.R. 225: National Pediatric Research Network Act of 2013 Introduced by Democrat Lois Capps of Northern California. The bill says the Director of […]

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CD012: ALEC

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Feb 01, 2013


A quick fact check followed by an introduction to ALEC, the association of lawmakers and corporations working together to write bills. Fact Checking CD011 Conversation Kim DotCom’s Story Al Qaeda has been reported to be operating in the following countries Afghanistan Iraq Pakistan Sudan Bosnia Syria Somalia Egypt Saudi Arabia Yemen Algeria Mali Mauritania Morocco […]

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CD011: No Budget, Still Get Paid

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Jan 26, 2013


Lobbyist Jo Ann Emerson quits Congress early, the House votes to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and probably-not postpone their own paychecks, and the Brineys drunkenly ramble on a Friday night. Jo Ann Emerson Resigns from the House Said she was leaving Congress in February, left early (Tuesday, January 22) Used to represent the 8th […]

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CD010: House (Finally!) Votes On Sandy Aid

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Jan 19, 2013


Before the House (finally) agreed to give recovery money to Hurricane Sandy victims, they made new rules for the 113th Congress, including more private jets for themselves and less rights for gays. Then, despite Republican efforts to short them, the House finally voted to give Hurricane Sandy victims the $60 billion they asked for… Well, […]

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CD009: What’s In the Fiscal Cliff Bill

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Jan 05, 2013


The back story on the “fiscal cliff” debacle, the House’s sad excuse for a compromise, and the contents of the fiscal cliff bill that became law on 1/3/13. H.R. 8: THE OBAMA-SENATE FISCAL CLIFF BILL (SIGNED INTO LAW 1/3/13) ‘‘American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012” TITLE I—GENERAL TAXES SEC. 101. PERMANENT EXTENSION OF MOST 2001 […]

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CD008: NDAA for 2013

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Dec 22, 2012


Congress passes the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013; highlights include lots of money for other countries, a continuation of indefinite detention, Christmas gifts given to Northrup Grumman and other campaign contributors, and rules will finally apply to defense contracting. All that and more in this summary of 2013’s NDAA… National Defense Authorization for Fiscal […]

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CD007: The Realities of Solar Power

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Dec 15, 2012


Doing nothing, literally, is planned until 12/28 and a special guest helps filter fact from fiction in regards to solar power. *Correction from CD004: H.R. 6190 (The Give Me My Damn Inhalers Act) failed this week. 1 million Primatene Mist (manufactured by Armstrong Pharmaceuticals) inhalers in a CA warehouse Primatene Mist and all other inhalers […]

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CD006: A Shortened Week in Congress

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Dec 07, 2012


Rep. Jo Ann Emerson quits Congress to become a lobbying titan, the Coast Guard is funded, Louie Gohmert votes for ‘lunatic’, GOP confuses net neutrality, and a crisis is engineered during a short week in Congress. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson Quits to Make Millions in Private Sector – Represents southeast Missouri: – Leaving Congress in […]

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CD005: Lame Ducks Return

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Fri, Nov 30, 2012


During another slow week in Congress, Jesse Jackson Jr. resigns, Nydia Velazquez (NY) ignores a subpoena, the Department of Homeland Security gets investigated, the Senate fights about filibusters, and the Trans-Pacific-Partnership is confirmed as real, secret, and scary. Bills Signed Into Law: – HR 2606: Fast tracks Rockaways gas pipeline for Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company […]

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CD004: Screw You E.U. & Give Me My Inhaler

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Nov 17, 2012


During a slow week in the House of Representatives, inhalers are given relief, airlines are forced to ignore a European carbon law, and trade with Russia is “normalized.” *Mistake in CD003: Pete Sessions, not Jeff Sessions. * Hazardous Waste Manifest was bill signed into law during recess. H.R. 6190 – Asthma Inhalers Relief Act of […]

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CD003: The Free Market vs. US

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Nov 10, 2012


This episode is a history of free market policies implemented around the world for the last fifty years. The Basics Corporatist system: Its main characteristics are huge transfers of public wealth to private hands, often accompanied by exploding debt, an ever-widening chasm between the dazzling rich and the disposable poor and an aggressive nationalism that […]

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CD002: Iran Sanctions, the Buffett Rule, & a “War on Coal”

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Sep 22, 2012


Iran sanctions are signed into law, a gas pipeline gets fast tracked through a NYC park, the Buffett Rule is (sort of) passed, a “War on Coal” is not really waged, and more from this week in Congress… HR 1905: Iran Sanctions *Signed into law* Sanctions = Shut down trade in and out of Iran. […]

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CD001: A Resignation, a Land Grab, & a State of Emergency

Author: Jennifer Briney (@JenBriney)
Sat, Sep 15, 2012


Congress returns from vacation, Dennis Cardoza (CA-18) resigns, President Obama continues the 9/11 State of Emergency, FISA is reauthorized, veterans benefits are held hostage, mining companies get a gift from Congress, solar power is attacked, and more from this week in Congress… Dennis Cardoza (CA-18) Resigns Why he said he was resigning: “In light of the […]

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