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Budget Reforms Take Shape

July 15, 2016 | Budget & Tax

Budget Reforms Take Shape You may have been wowed by the furious final week of this congressional session before they recessed for the nominating conventions. There... Read More

Failing to Fix Food Aid

July 08, 2016 | Agriculture

Failing to Fix Food Aid In a rare flash of bipartisanship, Congress this week passed the Global Food Security Act (S. 1252). The $7 billion bill provides... Read More

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

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

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