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2016 Defense Authorization Bill Avoids Many Budget Shenanigans

October 07, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report | Budget & Tax , Earmarks & Appropriations , National Security

The National Defense Authorization is the bill that sets policy for the Pentagon. This massive piece of legislation sets the table for the... Read More

Let States Build Their Own Highways

When Congress left town for the August recess, it did so without coming to an agreement on a long-term transportation bill. Instead, the... Read More

Opinion: Westlands’ Drainage Dilemma

October 02, 2015 | The Fresno Bee | Transportation & Infrastructure

In a Sept. 20 editorial The Bee opined that a proposed settlement of the Westlands Water District federal lawsuit over farm drainage water was... Read More

Happy Fiscal New Year

October 02, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report | Earmarks & Appropriations

Today marks the end of fiscal year 2015 for U.S. taxpayers, and for me, as the leader of a budget group, this is always a time for both... Read More

Trump’s Tax Plan

October 01, 2015 | Capital Insider | Budget & Tax

WASHINGTON — Republican front runner Donald Trump has released his highly anticipated tax plan. Now, some analysts are saying the numbers... Read More

Spending Bill Includes Money for Nunnelee’s Widow

September 30, 2015 | Hattiesburg American (Gannett News) | Earmarks & Appropriations

WASHINGTON – A government spending bill making its way through the Senate includes $174,000 for the widow of the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee,... Read More

Wins and Losses in Spending Bill

September 24, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report | Budget & Tax , National Security

The Pentagon didn't get the authority it 'required' but it got more money than it needed.... Read More

BLM Moves Forward with Plan to Crack Down on Venting and Flaring

September 21, 2015 | Fuel Fix | Energy , Natural Resources

WASHINGTON — An Obama administration plan to clamp down on oil companies burning or venting natural gas at wells on public land has advanced... Read More

Congress Takes Look at Catastrophe Mitigation

September 21, 2015 | Business Insurance | Transportation & Infrastructure

Backers of a more effective federal catastrophe mitigation policy hope Congress is finally ready to move on the issue. They have reason for... Read More

A Congressional Countdown

September 17, 2015 | Capital Insider | Earmarks & Appropriations , Energy , Natural Resources

WASHINGTON — The clock is ticking on Capitol Hill for lawmakers to pass a budget before the money runs out at the end of this month. Now, with... Read More

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Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

October 02, 2015

Waste It Or Lose It

Actually, the more common term is “use it or lose it” and you can bet that phrase was used around federal... Read More

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