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CD089: Secrets of the CRomnibus (2015 Budget)

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.

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Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner snuggle on inauguration day of the 114th Congress.

CD088: What is the 114th Congress?

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.

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CD087 Run for Congress with Chris Clemmons

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.

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CD086: The CRomnibus Hearing

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. Continue reading

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Rep. Pete Sessions shows of his fighter jet pin, which reminds him of one of his favorite sayings: "Peace through superior fire power." Creepy.

CD085: The November Bills

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 with a sound clip straight out of 1984. Continue reading

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CD084 Corporations Win the Midterm Election

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. Continue reading

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CD083: The Story of the 113th Congress

This episode is the summary of everything that happened in the House of Representatives during the 113th Congress. Continue reading

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CD082: Last Bills Before The Election

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 our memories hostage.
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CD081: The July Bills

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. Continue reading

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CD080: The July Laws

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 new law is another glaring example of this Congress failing to do its job. Also, Jen tells you her plans for Congressional Dish’s future.
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