Four lawmakers from each party were honored Tuesday for being good members of Congress. But they were cited for behavior that has nothing to do with their ideologies, legislative skill or rhetorical flair. Instead, they were singled out for running decent modern workplaces and taking care of their constituents.
The awards were the third annual set handed out by the Congressional Management Foundation, one of the most prominent nonprofits advocating the view that a more smoothly operating legislative branch is one of the main cures for democracy's ills.
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Congressional Democrats this week moved to focus heightened concern about election preparedness on four of the biggest battlegrounds: Texas, Florida, Georgia and Wisconsin.
The majority of a special House committee, created this spring to oversee the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic, issued a report Wednesday focusing their apprehension on the limits of mail-in voting, poll worker shortages and safety of polling places in those states — with a combined 93 electoral votes central to the campaign strategies of both President Trump and Joe Biden.
The report by the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, which no Republicans signed, urged the states to spend quickly and generously to fix the problems — something they are unlikely to be able to do without a cash infusion from Congress itself, which looks less likely every day.
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Organizers: Wilson Center, R Street Institute and ICS Village
Hack the Capitol is a virtual event to provide interactive education and awareness to congressional staffers, think tanks, and press. The event offers significant value in raising awareness of our nation's challenges with critical infrastructure and constructively providing kinesthetic learning at multiple levels.
Hack the Capitol provides virtual hands-on experience with the technology behind manufacturing and energy components, demonstrations of industrial control systems, and an environment to learn about topics in cybersecurity, national security, and more! The event will be broken down into three primary components:
- policy panels;
- presentations; and
- virtual hands-on exhibitions.