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Capitol Portraits, a Perk of Access, Become a Symbol of Excess Instead

February 08, 2016 | The New York Times | Earmarks & Appropriations

WASHINGTON — In a corridor just a few feet from the floor of the United States Senate hangs a 19th-century oil painting of Henry Clay, the... Read More

U.S. Opens Spigot for Lock-and-Dam Fixes, Even as Coal Traffic Dwindles

February 05, 2016 | The Wall Street Journal | Earmarks & Appropriations , Transportation & Infrastructure

CHARLEROI, Pa.—A few years ago, coal barges lined up 20 or 30 deep, waiting their turn for a towboat to shuttle them through the locks near... Read More

Memo to Defense: Budgets Aren’t Bottomless

February 02, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report | Budget & Tax , National Security

It's been just a couple of months since the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 was passed by the Congress and signed by the president. Spending... Read More

Obama Administration Halts New Coal Leases

January 27, 2016 | PopHerald |

"At this point, it is obvious that the president and his administration won't be satisfied until coal is completely eradicated from our energy... Read More

Obama Administration Expands Climate Fight with Proposed Rules for Oil and Gas Drilling

January 27, 2016 | The Washington Post | Energy , Natural Resources

The Obama administration took a step Friday toward plugging thousands of small methane leaks from oil and gas operations around the country,... Read More

Rep. Lipinski’s Bill to Require Full Payment of Royalties on Methane Gets a Boost

January 27, 2016 | The Chicago Tribune | Energy , Natural Resources

Congressman Dan Lipinski's (IL-3) bill that would lead to a more efficient use of natural resources, a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions,... Read More

Trickling Away: Multiple Voices Express Concern over Lost Gas on Federal Lands

January 22, 2016 | The Dickinson Press | Energy , Natural Resources

An environmental organization, western North Dakota Native Americans and a taxpayer watchdog group are all calling on the U.S. Bureau of Land... Read More

Demanding the Right to a Free Ride

January 21, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report | Natural Resources

I've written about the strange tale of Cliven Bundy and his rip off of American taxpayers on these pages before, so over the past few weeks... Read More

From the Front Lines of a $1.8 Trillion National Budget Deal

January 21, 2016 | PR Week | Budget & Tax , Earmarks & Appropriations

Steve Ellis, VP of Taxpayers for Common Sense, talks about his work on the budget deal - the good, the bad, and the ridiculous... Read More

CBO: Act Now on the Budget Deficit Or Else

January 21, 2016 | Capital Insider | Budget & Tax

The Congressional Budget Office released a sobering report on Tuesday. It finds this year's budget deficit will rise to $544 billion -- an... Read More

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February 12, 2016

Budgeting for the Last Time

The final budget of President Obama’s tenure was released this week. Coming out on Fat Tuesday was appropriate... Read More