Pardon the Dust

Dear Loyal Readers,

The greeting of course assumes you haven't deserted us. As you may have noticed recently, ICT has gone dormant.

But fear not — our content is just coming to you from a new source. Starting in September, ICT founder and Managing Editor Alexander Hart is joining the Tribune Washington Bureau, where he'll continue bringing you great stories from inside Washington.

Stay tuned!

Congress is Back and So Are We: A Look Ahead at Upcoming ICT Coverage

After a two-week district work period, the House and the Senate are back in session today. 

On the floor for both bodies, it is a slow week, but do not let the apparent tranquility fool you, for big things are happening backstage!

Today, the Senate confirmed former head envoy to North Korea Christopher Hill as the U.S. ambassador to Iraq. The nomination had proved contentious before the break, but today he was confirmed easily, 73-23.

Soon, we will take a look at the draft of the climate change bill currently under discussion in the Energy and Commerce Committee. A sneak preview: a lot of people are going to hate it.

And later, we will tell you about some Congressmen and Congresswomen who are a bit slow on updating their Web sites.

We hope you will join us. Are there other issues you are following or are particularly concerned with? Tell us what you think.

Bill of the Day: H.Res 224

Congress has been dealing with some serious business lately — funding the federal government for the rest of the year, for example. But now, they are done with the appropriations bill and can turn their attention elsewhere.

One forgotten priority: the celebration of Pi Day. Pi Day, for the math phobes in the audience, is March 14. It honors the approximation of the constant that represents the ratio of a circle's circumference to its radius, 3.14

H.Res 224 is a non-binding resolution with the following effects:

    Resolved, That the House of Representatives–

      (1) supports the designation of a `Pi Day' and its celebration around the world;

      (2) recognizes the continuing importance of National Science Foundation's math and science education programs; and

      (3) encourages schools and educators to observe the day with appropriate activities that teach students about Pi and engage them about the study of mathematics.

UPDATE 3/12: The bill passed today, 391-10.

 The bill's sponsors are Rep. Barton Gordon (D-Tenn.), Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.), Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas) and Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.)

Do you think celebrating Pi Day is important? Or is this resolution a waste of time? Tell us what you think.