A bill that aims to ban people from using public assistance money at strip clubs overwhelming cleared a house committee on Thursday. The Democratic sponsor of the bill says it’s a relatively rare occurrence but still a loophole in the law.
The White House has released the text of President Obama's State of the Union address, as prepared for delivery:
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:
Tonight I want to begin by congratulating the men and women of the 112th Congress, as well as your new Speaker, John Boehner. And as we mark this occasion, we are also mindful of the empty chair in this Chamber, and pray for the health of our colleague — and our friend — Gabby Giffords.
Nearly everything that happens on Capitol Hill has symbolic meaning. By choosing Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to deliver the official response to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night, the Republicans are sending the nation two messages about their priorities: Undo much of what Obama has done, but undo it in a civil way.
There has been a change at the top of the Republican National Committee, which Friday denied chairman Michael Steele's bid for another two-year term. Instead, the GOP's central committee elevated a little-known but highly regarded operative from Wisconsin who, in November's election, helped make that state one of the biggest success stories for Republicans in 2010.
The new chairman's name is Reince Priebus. His task now is to restore credibility to the RNC after Steele's rocky tenure.