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Farm Bill’s Phantom Savings

February 13, 2015 | Agriculture

Farm Bill’s Phantom Savings Repeatedly we warned lawmakers to not be fooled by farm bill apologists’ absurd claims that passing the nearly $1 trillion 2014 farm bill... Read More

Put a Fork In It - FutureGen Edition

February 06, 2015 | Energy

Put a Fork In It - FutureGen Edition Finally. This week, the Department of Energy pulled the plug on the massive clean coal project known as FutureGen. Though a day late and a... Read More

In Search of Fiscal Leadership

January 30, 2015 | Budget & Tax

In Search of Fiscal Leadership Monday the President’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 will be released. As usual, some of the details have leaked, including that the... Read More

Dividends of Doing It Differently

Dividends of Doing It Differently Reaction to the President’s State of the Union speech was swift and predictable. Democrats lauded his proposals while Republicans declared... Read More

The Fiscal State of the Union

The Fiscal State of the Union Article II of Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution directs that the President “… shall from time to time give to Congress information of the... Read More

Terrorism Insurance: Haste Makes Waste

January 09, 2015 | Budget & Tax , National Security

Terrorism Insurance: Haste Makes Waste That was fast. For a couple weeks we caught a glimpse of a private market response to terrorism insurance. But no more. Wednesday the House... Read More

What Sequester?

What Sequester? After the fiscal year 2015 CROmnibus was enacted, talk quickly turned to FY2016 and the return of the dreaded sequester. The fear is that... Read More

Congress by the Numbers

December 19, 2014 | Earmarks & Appropriations

Sine Die. That’s the Latin phrase for spells the end of the 113th Congress. Phew. While we have a couple weeks before the 114th is sworn in... Read More

As The Congress Turns

December 12, 2014 | Earmarks & Appropriations

As The Congress Turns The soap opera that is the 113th Congress took another dramatic turn in its final days. After hours of intrigue, the House of... Read More

113th Congress, Don’t Let the Door Hit You…

December 05, 2014 | Budget & Tax

113th Congress, Don’t Let the Door Hit You… As the 113th Congress limps towards its ignominious end, lawmakers in the House and the Senate continue a slow dance to decide their... Read More