The shutdown has been averted. The debt ceiling has been raised. For now. In the process, Congress’ public approval has fallen to around 10 percent – and as low as 5 percent in one poll. But how much do you know about who actually serves in Congress? How do you know who to even disapprove of? Today, we unveil a new interactive tool that will allow you to get to know the U.S. Senate a little better. While it’s easy to focus on prominent Senate leaders like Harry Reid (D-Nev.) or Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) or prominent grandstanders like Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), we think it matters who our 100 senators are: What are their backgrounds? What is their education? What did they do before coming to the Senate? Who do they depend on most to support their campaigns? All of these factors shape how they collectively make decisions. For this reason, we’ve created an interactive tool that allows you to explore the U.S. Senate. You can see how Senators break down across a wide variety of dimensions.Continue reading
In the year 2000…
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Is It Really Any Surprise?
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Hidden ‘Bundles’ of Lobbyist Giving Show Full Court Press by Health Care Donors
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Senate Finance Committee Public Option Vote and Campaign Contribution Ratios
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Senate Finance Committee Amendments
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Baucus’ Lobbyist Complex: The Real Gang of Six?
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Read the Baucus Bill
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Gang of Six: Who Votes With Whom?
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