First Branch Forecast

FBF: We’re back! Week of July 8, 2024

Good morning and happy belated 4th of July! Did you miss receiving the First Branch Forecast? Well, we’re back and at our new home at the American Governance Institute. It seems a few things happened while we were on hiatus. As usual, we’re going to stay focused on building a strong Congress, an accountable Executive … Continued

Press Releases

Statement on Sen. Schumer’s AI Roadmap

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Majority Leader Schumer and a bipartisan group of Senators released a “Roadmap for Artificial Intelligence Policy in the United States Senate. The framework is meant to guide how congressional committees address AI in forthcoming bills. In response to the newly shared guidance, Demand Progress Director of Corporate Power Emily Peterson-Cassin issued the … Continued

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Lieu, Neguse, Other Dems Tank Tie Vote on Key Privacy Protection as House Attempts to Dramatically Expand Warrantless Surveillance Powers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House just rejected an amendment to close the backdoor search loophole in Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which would require federal agencies to obtain a warrant before searching for U.S. persons’ communications in databases of warrantlessly acquired information, by a vote of 212-212, while advancing privacy protections that exclusively serve members of … Continued