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    Crunch Time on Spending Bill

    April 21, 2017

    The clock is ticking. The legislation authorizing government funding expires April 28, a mere week away. Congress is still in recess... Read More

    Crunch Time on Spending Bill

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Congress Must Reform the Broken Tax Code

April 14, 2017 |

Congress Must Reform the Broken Tax Code As if you didn’t know, tax day is right around the corner. You do get a slight reprieve in that you don’t have to pay Uncle Sam his due... Read More

Air Force Nominee’s Flights of Fancy

April 07, 2017 | National Security

Air Force Nominee’s Flights of Fancy The Senate Armed Services Committee recently held a hearing on former Congresswoman Heather Wilson’s nomination to be Air Force... Read More

Harvesting Taxpayer Cash

March 31, 2017 | Agriculture

Harvesting Taxpayer Cash It’s planting season across the country, and in Washington the Agriculture Committees are preparing the legislative fields for a new... Read More

Performance Budgeting

March 24, 2017 | Budget & Tax

Performance Budgeting Most of the coverage of President Trump’s “skinny” budget focused on spending cuts, eliminated agencies, and boosted defense and... Read More

The Skinniest Budget Proposal

March 17, 2017 | Budget & Tax

The Skinniest Budget Proposal The President’s “skinny” budget request for fiscal year 2018 came out this week – sort of. These requests from newby Presidents are... Read More

Debt Ceiling Deadline

March 10, 2017 | Budget & Tax

Debt Ceiling Deadline March 16th is the new D-day. As in debt limit day. That is the expiration date of Congressional permission for the Treasury to continue... Read More

Mr. President: Show the Math on Policy Proposals

Mr. President: Show the Math on Policy Proposals President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress and the nation on Tuesday. As would be expected of any new President, he laid out... Read More

Treat Taxpayers Royal(t)y

February 24, 2017 | Energy , Natural Resources

Treat Taxpayers Royal(t)y Congress is on the verge of laying waste to the methane waste rule. This would be doubly bad for taxpayers because royalty payments... Read More

Military Base Closure: It’s Just Plain Common Sense

February 16, 2017 | National Security

Military Base Closure: It’s Just Plain Common Sense Sadly, common sense often doesn’t seem that common in Washington and, in particular, Capitol Hill. Lawmakers and Pentagon officials... Read More

Infrastructure Plans Demands

February 10, 2017 | Transportation & Infrastructure

Infrastructure Plans Demands There’s a buzz around town about infrastructure. Sure, it’s not up there like the border wall or tax reform, but President Trump’s... Read More

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