On Thursday, House Appropriators released a draft spending bill that ends funding for NPR, President Obama’s “Race to the Top” education program, healthcare reform, and Planned Parenthood.
The bill also has a number of anti-union policy riders.
The $153.4 billion Labor, Health and Human Services bill reflects the August debt ceiling agreement. It is greater than the bill House Republicans sought to craft. Two fiscal conservatives have held up the bill because they want a lower figure.
In 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, becoming the first black person to serve on the high court.
The Silicon Valley social media company Facebook has formed a political action committee it will use to distribute cash to candidates in the coming elections.
Companies like Facebook are moving to increase their influence in Washington amid increasingly complex legislative debates about monopolies, patents, and privacy.
Other media organizations are getting into politics, as well. Recently, Google co-sponsored a Republican Presidential debate with Fox News. On Monday, Facebook held a town-hall meeting featuring House Republicans just hours after LinkedIn held a similar meeting with President Barack Obama.
Facebook executives declined to say to which races it would give.
Facebook hired its first District of Columbia employe in 2007; the office now has more than a dozen people, including one federally registered lobbyist.