After a two week recess, Members of Congress are beginning their descent back to the beltway for a jampacked week on Capitol Hill. However, simply boarding a direct flight from their district to Reagan National Airport may just be their first political move of the week.
Last Tuesday, President Trump met with CEOs of 20 major corporations to discuss his trillion dollar infrastructure plan. A signature campaign promise, the president's plan will address underdeveloped roads, electrical grids, water systems, and various pillars of our nation's infrastructure.
Yesterday, the Cook Political Report released the 20th Anniversary Edition of the Partisan Voter Index (PVI). First published in 1997, the Cook PVI rates the degree to which a congressional district leans Republican or Democrat by comparing the district's performance in presidential elections to the nation as a whole. The Cook PVI tracks the partisan ratings of all 435 congressional districts and all 50 states. For more than two decades, the PVI has helped map the trends of our country’s shifting political landscape. The release of the 2017 PVI ratings reveal powerful insights into the post-Trump electorate.
A key responsibility of state legislatures is to oversee the congressional and legislative redistricting process every 10 years. With the 2020 elections on the horizon, legislators in 29 states have introduced over 100 bills calling for changes to their state’s redistricting process or for the creation of an independent redistricting commission.
Two hundred and fifteen votes, that was the number President Trump and Speaker Ryan needed to pass the American Health Care Act out of the House. However, despite a 237 seat majority, GOP Leadership struggled to reach a consensus with the most conservative members of their party, the House Freedom Caucus.
After a D.C. snowstorm canceled their flights, Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX-23) and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX-16) rented a Chevy Impala and trail-blazed 31 hours across the country on a #bipartisanroadtrip.
Last week, Speaker Ryan unveiled the American Healthcare Act, the House GOP’s first major step towards repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. Immediately, internal division over the bill emerged between Republican Leadership and the House Freedom Caucus, not to mention, staunch opposition from Democrats.
Quorum is headed to Austin, Texas! This weekend will be jam-packed with exciting events, panels, and conversations on everything tech, policy, data, and government.
This past Tuesday, President Trump delivered his first joint address to Congress. Every president since Reagan has delivered a joint address in the first two months of their administration. Clocking in at a little over 60 minutes, the president’s address was the second longest in history. After the speech, commentators were quick to notice a shift in the tone used by President Trump. However, beyond tone, an analysis of the president’s 5,006 word speech, using Quorum’s live transcripts, reveal notable keyword trends.
Congress is back in action on Monday after getting an earful from concerned constituents. At town halls across the country, lawmakers faced crowds of constituents demanding answers to where they stand on pressing issues. And for legislators who’ve yet to plan a town hall, constituents hosted “empty chairs” to make their presence known and their member’s absence felt. These town halls have fueled a surge in the dialogue between Members of Congress and their constituents.