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    The Big Cheese Giveaway

    August 19, 2016

    Congress is a little more than halfway through its nine week recess, but powerful special interests in the agricultural sector are... Read More

    The Big Cheese Giveaway

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Fueling Corporate Welfare

August 12, 2016 | Energy , Natural Resources

Fueling Corporate Welfare   Congress is out for the summer, but government agencies are still at work. The Department of the Interior is deep into finalizing a new... Read More

Heartburn over Pentagon Spending

August 05, 2016 | Budget & Tax , National Security

Heartburn over Pentagon Spending Congress is giving Defense Secretary Ashton Carter a bad case of heartburn. Indeed, each year the Secretary of Defense sends the chairmen... Read More

Subsidizing Sand Castles

Subsidizing Sand Castles Fun in the sun may be costing you more than you think. A sobering fact: If you go to a beach along the East or Gulf Coasts this summer,... Read More

Vanishing Gas, Vanishing Revenue

July 22, 2016 | Energy , Natural Resources

Vanishing Gas, Vanishing Revenue The Interior Department (DOI) is doing a lousy job of tracking oil and gas production on federal lands, and it’s costing taxpayers a... Read More

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

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