Senator Baucus to Retire in 2014

The powerful Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) announced yesterday he will retire from the Senate in 2014. While it was well known that Baucus faced a tough re-election in the moderate state of Montana, the announcement came as a surprise to many. According to the New York Times, Baucus has $5 million in his… Read more »

Happy Holidays and We’re About to Fall Off the Fiscal Cliff

With the failure of Speaker Boehner’s Plan B to get adequate Republican support last night, there is no resolution in sight for the fiscal cliff. Associations around the country and overseas will be affected by the tax increases and spending cuts that will automatically go into effect if no action is taken. Unfortunately it looks… Read more »

GOP Leaders Press Treasury on Health Care Subsidies

House Republicans this week demanded more documents from the Treasury Department related to the administration’s determination that subsidies should be available for people who buy insurance through a federally-run insurance exchange. Critics of the rulemaking have asserted that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows consumers to apply for premium-assistance tax credits to purchase coverage in… Read more »

Who Uses Social Media on the Hill?

Edelman DC released some new surprising data today on Congressional usage of social media.  The survey “Capitol Tweets: Yeas and Nays of the Congressional Twitterverse”, reveals some interesting insight that may be of use to associations trying to make their message heard on Capitol Hill: By far, the most likely Congressional Tweeters are those that… Read more »

CMF Report Shows Congress Values Social Media Usage

A new report by the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) finds that members of Congress value social media interaction more than people may have previously thought.  The report, “Social Congress: Perceptions and Use of Social Media on Capitol Hill“, is based on a survey of 260 Congressional staff conducted between October and December 2010. Among the… Read more »