December 11, 2013
National Journal, 12/11/2013
The new Capitol Hill budget plan clears the way for a U.S.-Mexico offshore drilling agreement to proceed, signaling the apparent end of a House-Senate impasse that has stalled implementation of the 2012 accord.
The agreement announced Tuesday evening between Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. has language tucked into it that approves the U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement. The bilateral drilling accord is designed to enable cooperation and legal certainty in the development of oil-and-gas along a maritime boundary in the Gulf of Mexico.
October 11, 2013
International Business Times, 10/10/2013
At the moment, it appears that a 2013 immigration reform bill has become another casualty of the government shutdown, now in its 10th day, and a debt limit that must be raised by Oct. 17. However, in order to keep the issue alive, advocates of reform are engaging in what they call campaigns of civil disobedience across the country.
The latest was a march on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, when eight lawmakers and more than 200 activists were arrested while protesting Congress’ inability to pass immigration reform. Supporters of the overhaul, like America’s Voice Executive Director Frank Sharry, have called on pro-reform House Republicans who were present at the rally to turn rhetoric into action.
October 9, 2013
The Washington Post, 10/8/2013
Protesters converged on the Mall on Tuesday afternoon to call on Congress to pass a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s immigration and border control laws by year’s end.
At least 100 people were arrested, including several members of Congress, after demonstrators sat down in the street in front of the Capitol. Protesters had vowed to engage in civil disobedience, and their fellow marchers cheered as each person was led away in handcuffs by Capitol Police.
September 18, 2013
Nancy Pelosi is huddling with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, top labor leaders and former AOL exec Steve Case in separate meetings this week as supporters of immigration reform try to revive the issue, which fast seems to be dying on Capitol Hill.
Their goal: get legislation moving in the House again before the Thanksgiving recess.