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Golden Hammer: U.S. squandered $34 million on failed Afghan soybean project

July 25, 2014 | Washington Times | Agriculture

Call it the great American soybean heist, the latest tale of U.S. taxpayer abuse to emanate from Afghanistan. Despite clear evidence... Read More

The Road to Budget Gimmicks

July 24, 2014 | US News & World Report | Budget & Tax , Transportation & Infrastructure

Earlier this month, I wrote about the looming crisis with the Highway Trust Fund in the wake of the Congressional Budget Office announcing... Read More

The Congressional to-do list and your money

July 24, 2014 | WJLA ABC 7 | Budget & Tax

With an August break just two weeks away, Congress is facing a long to-do list with bills covering things from highway funds to... Read More

Export-Import bank renewal debated

July 23, 2014 | Gannett News | Budget & Tax

WASHINGTON – More than 50 South Carolina companies used the U.S. Export-Import Bank in the last seven years to help finance their... Read More

Congress can’t work in August — it’s against the law. We’re not joking.

July 23, 2014 | Washington DC | Agriculture

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) cast doubt Monday on whether Congress would have time to pass an overhaul of the Department of... Read More

Roving Butchers of Martha’s Vineyard Serve Locavores

July 23, 2014 | Bloomberg | Agriculture

The six-person team gathers its equipment and heads out in heavy boots and tie-dyes, moving in for the kill. Sharpened knives? Check.... Read More

No earmarks, but still plenty for lawmakers to take credit for

July 23, 2014 | Washington Post | Earmarks & Appropriations

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) strongly defended his earmarking record while facing a far right primary challenger who attacked him as a big... Read More

Taxpayer Group Knocks Senate Defense Spending Bill

July 21, 2014 | CQ Roll Call Defense Blog | National Security

Taxpayers for Common Sense found fault with the House’s fiscal 2015 Defense spending bill, and the group now has its share of gripes with... Read More

Kingston celebrates, defends record

July 21, 2014 | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Earmarks & Appropriations

SAVANNAH --- U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston's answer to one of the crucial questions facing his party is deceptively simple. When asked about... Read More

5 Reasons the Appropriations Process Matters

July 18, 2014 | US News & World Report | Earmarks & Appropriations

Passing spending bills can be tough work, but it's time Congress exercised its legislating muscles.... Read More

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July 25, 2014

Van Halen Port Policy

Panama! Panama-ah-ah-ah! The lyrics from the eponymous Van Halen song from the 1980s could just as easily be... Read More