More on Congressional Issues
Today, U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), a member of the House Budget Committee, released the following statement after the unveiling of the House Republican budget:
This week, U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX) invited high school students residing in the 25th District of Texas to participate in the annual Congressional Art Competition by submitting their original pieces of art.
All high school students residing in Texas’ 25th District are eligible to enter. The winning entry will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol, and the student will receive two round-trip airline tickets to Washington, D.C. to attend the unveiling of their artwork in the Capitol and a reception honoring the winners in June.
When a Member of Congress is given time to formally express an opinion or make a statement on an issue before the House, they are said to have the 'floor' of the House, and their views are referred to as a 'Floor Speech'.
How House Members are allotted time to speak, or sometimes observe silence, are adapted from rules of order originally written by Thomas Jefferson. The speeches and other proceedings of the House are published daily in the Congressional Record.
Editorials historically came about as a means to let the average person know the opinions of the editors and publishers of newspapers and magazines.
Eventually editors realized that added interest in their newspapers and magazines could be sparked by allowing readers to express their opinions on the page opposite the editorial, and the modern op-ed was invented. Today 'editorial' and 'op-ed' are often used interchangeably to refer to any written piece expressing an opinion on the issues of the day, whether in a magazine, a newspaper, or a website.
The First Session of the 113th Congress commences January 3rd, 2013.
Congressman Roger Williams was sworn in as a Member of the United States House of Representatives by House Speaker John Boehner January 3rd, 2013.
The One Hundred Thirteenth United States Congress is the next meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, composed of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. It is scheduled to meet in Washington, D.C. from January 3, 2013 to January 3, 2015.