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    Budgeting for Emergencies

    July 18, 2014

    Congressional wrangling over the President’s recent $4.3 billion supplemental emergency spending request should pique taxpayers'... Read More

    Budgeting for Emergencies

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To-Dos for a Do-Nothing Congress

July 11, 2014 | Budget & Tax

To-Dos for a Do-Nothing Congress Like the high school senior who has procrastinated until the last week before finals, the historically unproductive 113th Congress now... Read More

Celebrate Budget Transparency

July 03, 2014 | Budget & Tax

Celebrate Budget Transparency With the Fourth of July approaching, lawmakers have split town and left us thinking about where your tax dollars are being spent. For... Read More

Extinguish the Ex-Im Bank

June 27, 2014 | Budget & Tax

Extinguish the Ex-Im Bank With the August recess looming, Congress is quickly running out of time to knock a few items off its to-do list. But when it comes to... Read More

Funding a Fantasy

June 20, 2014 | Energy

Funding a Fantasy When the Department of Energy (DOE) unveiled new initiatives to support small modular reactors (SMR) in March 2012, they envisioned a... Read More

Get Tough on Transportation

Get Tough on Transportation Lawmakers writing the next transportation spending bill have a problem. Actually they have 89 billion problems, because that’s how many... Read More

In the Weeds

June 06, 2014 | Agriculture

In the Weeds Four months after the President signed the near-trillion dollar farm bill into law, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is busy... Read More

Just Say No to OCO

May 30, 2014 | National Security

Just Say No to OCO The Senate Armed Services Committee has finished its work on the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act that sets policy for... Read More

Like WR(r)DA for Chocolate

Like WR(r)DA for Chocolate After six months behind closed doors, the House and Senate adopted H.R. 3080 The Water Resources reform and Development Act (WRrDA –... Read More

Mind the Gap: Senate Committee ignores shortfall in funding for nation’s highways

Mind the Gap: Senate Committee ignores shortfall in funding for nation’s highways The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee just approved the latest $265 billion Highway Bill in less than 20 minutes on a voice... Read More

Some Enchanted Evening

May 09, 2014 | National Security

Some Enchanted Evening Remember the Broadway musical “South Pacific?” One of its many memorable songs describes that moment when, across a crowded room, you... Read More