Republicans said it's time for the federal government to follow the lead of 49 states. Democrats said the amendment would tie future lawmakers' hands. To move forward, the amendment needed a two-thirds majority — 290 votes. The vote was 261-165.
Abramoff earned millions making deals and trading favors on Capitol Hill before being imprisoned on corruption charges. He's been called 'scum' and a 'bloodsucking bogeyman.' He speaks with host Michel Martin about his new memoir Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America's Most Notorious Lobbyist.
Host Michel Martin continues her conversation with former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, notorious for serving three years in prison after pleading guilty to fraud, conspiracy and tax evasion. They discuss his new memoir and how money and influence are shaping today's presidential race.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu appeared before a House oversight subcommittee Thursday to defend his agency's decision to lend $500 million in federal money to Solyndra, a company that made solar panels and is now bankrupt. The company is the subject of numerous federal investigations.
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