Longest-serving Congressman and Georgetown alumnus to retire


After a record-breaking 59 years in Congress, Rep. John Dingell has announced his retirement from the US House of Representatives. As a Georgetown alum (COL ’49, LAW ’52) and Michigan Democrat, 87-year-old Dingell helped author monumental bills on civil rights, health care, and the environment. Called “Big John” due to his towering stature at 6ft […]

Congress finds D.C. budget autonomy referendum has no legal effect


Although more than 80 percent of D.C. residents voted in support of the “budget autonomy” measure in an April referendum, the Government Accountability Office, Congress’ investigative agency, has stated that this latest attempt to gain increased independence from Capitol Hill is not legal. The measure, which would allow the District to spend local tax revenue without […]

Georgetown law alum and women’s rights activist considers running for House


Californian attorney Sandra Fluke (L’12) has announced that she is considering running for Rep. Henry Waxman‘s (D-CA) seat this fall. Waxman, who has been in office for 40 years, announced on Thursday that he will be retiring from Congress when his term ends later this year. “A number of folks I respect very deeply have […]

Congress attempts to ban tax money for District abortions

Remember when Congress shutdown the government and screwed over D.C.? Well, it looks like Congress is already back to  screwing with the District. Trent Franks, a Republican from Arizona, held a hearing Jan. 9 focused on a bill to indefinitely stop the District from spending taxpayer money to fund abortions for low-income women. In a burst of […]

New legislation for free online college textbooks to lessen financial burden

On November 14th, a new legislative proposal was introduced in Congress that, if implemented, will have the cheap, the broke, and the financially burdened college students singing it praises. This bill, sponsored by Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.), is the Affordable College Textbook Act. The overarching goal of this legislation is to […]

New report from OMB lays out cost of the government shutdown

Last week the Office of Management and Budget released a report detailing the impact the federal government shutdown had on the US economy.  The report has found that, ironically, the government shutdown—borne out of a desire to save money and prevent further government spending—will end up costing the U.S. between $2 billion and $6 billion […]

Hold on to your Brita: Potomac is nation’s “most endangered” river

Never underestimate the power of filtered water. In a recent report released by environmental watchdog organization American Rivers, the Potomac River is named number 1 on the list of America’s most endangered rivers of 2012. Five million residents rely on the Potomac for drinking water, and this designation is an attempt to push Congress to […]

Cong. James Clyburn (D-SC) discusses the elections, legislative priorities

Last night, Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC), the Assistant Democratic Leader in the House of Representatives, discussed his legislative priorities at a College Democrats event in Healy to a group of largely like-minded Hoyas. Clyburn began his remarks by commenting on the tireless campaigning that is already taking place ahead of the November elections. He predicted […]

Debt deal spares Pell Grants, nixes aid to grad students

According to 140+ student body presidents, we now “have a deal” on the nation’s debt ceiling. On Tuesday, both houses of Congress signed off on a measure that, in exchange for evading default and economic calamity, would immediately slash $1 trillion from the federal deficit and direct a new joint committee to find $1.5 trillion […]

GUSA exec leads 100+ student body presidents in petition on debt ceiling

GUSA President Mike Meaney (SFS ’12), former Senator Nick Troiano (COL ’12), and other members of the executive are leading student body presidents from over one hundred different national universities in an effort urging a speedy, “bipartisan” consensus on raising the debt ceiling. Meaney and other student body presidents will present a petition on the issue […]

Hoyas dominate list of top congressional staffers

[Editor's Note: Chris Heller, the author of this slideshow, is a former Vox editor] Of the 319 top congressional staffers profiled in the National Journal‘s Hill People 2011, Georgetown University tops the list at ten. Second place Yale took only seven spots. Three work for Democrats in the Senate, while most have jobs with the […]