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Buildings to Fight ISIS? OCO Spending in Military Construction Appropriations

April 30, 2015 | Budget & Tax , National Security

Buildings to Fight ISIS? OCO Spending in Military Construction Appropriations Representatives Van Hollen (D-MD) and Mulvaney (R-SC) are sponsoring amendments to cut several overseas military construction projects from... Read More

TCS analysis of National Defense Authorization bill for Fiscal Year 2016

April 28, 2015 | Budget & Tax , National Security

TCS analysis of National Defense Authorization bill for Fiscal Year 2016 New Budgetary Shell Game The House Armed Services Committee bill to authorize spending for the Pentagon in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 includes... Read More

Your Tax Dollars and the F-35

April 15, 2015 | National Security

Your Tax Dollars and the F-35 The day before “Tax Day” the Government Accountability Office issued a riveting (if you’re into this kind of thing like we are) new study... Read More

Subcommittee Passes FY2016 Energy & Water Spending Bill

April 15, 2015 | Earmarks & Appropriations , Energy

Subcommittee Passes FY2016 Energy & Water Spending Bill Our Take: House Energy and Water Spending Bill FY2016 Passed by Appropriations Subcommittee On April 15th, the House Appropriations Energy... Read More

Oil and Gas Leasing, Revenue Collection, and Fair Return for Taxpayers Discussed at Senate Hearing

April 13, 2015 | Budget & Tax , Energy , Natural Resources

Oil and Gas Leasing, Revenue Collection, and Fair Return for Taxpayers Discussed at Senate Hearing On March 17th, the Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee held a hearing on the FY2016 budget requests for the... Read More

Budget Hearing: Senate Energy and Water Subcommittee discusses DOE’s FY16 budget request

April 13, 2015 | Budget & Tax , Energy

Budget Hearing: Senate Energy and Water Subcommittee discusses DOE’s FY16 budget request On March 25th, the Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee held a hearing on the Department of Energy (DOE)’s... Read More

Military Unfunded (and Unexplained) Priority List

April 01, 2015 | Budget & Tax , National Security

Military Unfunded (and Unexplained) Priority List It’s Spring, finally. The promise of cherry blossoms fills the air in Washington. It’s also that time of year in the nation’s capital when... Read More

Congress Making Defense Slush Fund Slushier

March 25, 2015 | Budget & Tax , National Security

Congress Making Defense Slush Fund Slushier In the House and Senate budget resolutions, lawmakers are funneling $38 billion more into the Pentagon's slush fund than the Pentagon... Read More

Senate Budget Committee Holds Hearing on The Benefits of a Balanced Budget

Senate Budget Committee Holds Hearing on The Benefits of a Balanced Budget At a March 11th Senate Budget Committee hearing on the benefits of a balanced budget, lawmakers discussed government waste, corporate... Read More

DOI Budget Hearing: Lawmakers Discuss Coal Royalties, Methane, and Oil and Gas Leasing

March 20, 2015 | Budget & Tax , Energy , Natural Resources

DOI Budget Hearing: Lawmakers Discuss Coal Royalties, Methane, and Oil and Gas Leasing March 5th House Natural Resources Committee hearing on DOI’s FY2016 budget request... Read More

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May 01, 2015

Using Buildings to Beat ISIS

This was a big week for budget gimmickry in Washington as the first appropriations bills (the only ones that... Read More

The Unaffordable F-35

The President’s Budget for FY2015

The President's proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 is out. Get the facts and see our analysis.

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