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    Spending for the 4th

    July 01, 2016

    The 4th of July conjures up many memories for people: Fireworks, music, parades, beaches, barbecue, boating, and booze to name a few. When... Read More

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Aviation Extension Shenanigans

Aviation Extension Shenanigans Turmoil in Congress has thrown everything up in the air. The House left early for its 4th of July recess, and the Senate will soon be gone.... Read More

Opportunities for Fiscal Responsibility in the House

June 17, 2016 | Budget & Tax , National Security

Opportunities for Fiscal Responsibility in the House This week the rubber met the road, from a federal spending perspective, in the House of Representatives. The bill that actually funds all... Read More

Cut Catfish to Land Savings

June 10, 2016 | Agriculture

Cut Catfish to Land Savings While presidential hopefuls trolled for votes and traded barbs, a rare act of bipartisanship recently surfaced in the Senate. Twenty seven... Read More

The Power of the Purse

The Power of the Purse Summertime is here. That means it’s the legislative spending season for Congress. Every year, Congress is supposed to pull out the check... Read More

Memorializing Waste

Memorializing Waste The Memorial Day weekend stretches before us, with promises of hometown parades and weenie roasts. On Memorial Day we remember those who... Read More

Water Bill Redux Causing Acid Reflux

Water Bill Redux Causing Acid Reflux Sometimes (often?) reading legislation takes a strong stomach. Thus, it was with trepidation that we took a break from this week’s debate... Read More

Coal to Kaiserslautern Reanimated

May 13, 2016 |

Coal to Kaiserslautern Reanimated After a bipartisan win for taxpayers last year, you’d think lawmakers would be happy to take a victory lap and let sleeping dogs lie. Or... Read More

Insurance Waste, Resurrected

Never underestimate a politician’s ability to resurrect a bad idea, even if it has been cast aside several times before. Straight out of... Read More

Cutting Ties with Clean Coal

April 29, 2016 | Energy , Natural Resources

Cutting Ties with Clean Coal Lawmakers are trying to resuscitate the failed idea of “clean coal” with more subsidies for “carbon capture and storage,” or CCS. The... Read More

Up in Smoke

April 22, 2016 | Energy , Natural Resources

Up in Smoke Today is the deadline for comments to the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) on its proposed rule dealing with the loss of natural gas... Read More

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Spending for the 4th

July 01, 2016


Statement on Coal Valuation Rule

June 30, 2016

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Aviation Extension Shenanigans

June 24, 2016