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  • Battle Over LGBT Amendment Threatens to Stall Entire Appropriations Process

    05/27/2016 7:37:57 AM PDT · by milton23 · 17 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/26/16 | Philip Wegmann
    An LGBT measure derailed a $37.5 billion House energy and water spending bill and now threatens to bring the entire appropriations process to a grinding halt in the House. The amendment from Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., would codify a 2014 executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Opponents characterize the Maloney amendment as a violation of conscience rights. They fear that the failed amendment could require federal contractors to provide special status to members of the LGBT community or lose their business with the federal government. With the support of...
  • First Senate Appropriations Bill Passed Spends More Than Obama Requested

    05/12/2016 3:54:32 PM PDT · by milton23 · 23 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/12/16 | Philip Wegmann
    The U.S. Senate’s first spending bill of 2016 spends more than President Barack Obama requested and lacks significant conservative amendments, but it still sailed to passage in the Republican-led Senate Thursday. An overwhelming number of U.S. senators on both sides of the aisle approved the energy and water development appropriations bill by a vote of 90-8. Conservatives had objected to the higher spending levels and lack of policy riders in the weeks leading up to the vote.
  • Re-energizing the Authority of Congress

    09/23/2015 1:51:42 PM PDT · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Oregon Catalyst ^ | Sept. 23, 2015 | Larry Huss
    Former Secretary of State and current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is scheduled to appear before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on October 22, 2015. For those of you expecting anything near the truth to be outed during this hearing, guess again. The whole structure of the congressional committee hearings is to give the members of Congress an opportunity to bloviate, obfuscate and create campaign sound bites. Nothing is geared toward finding the truth.
  • House Republicans just won a major, unexpected victory in a battle with Obama

    09/09/2015 4:58:37 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 29 replies ^ | Sep 9, 2015 | Brett LoGiurato
    US District Court Judge Rosemary M. Collyer ruled Wednesday against the Obama administration's motion to dismiss the case. Collyer said House Republicans do have the standing to pursue their challenge, which argues that the Obama administration violated the US Constitution by spending money on the law that had not been appropriated by Congress.

    12/19/2014 10:48:55 AM PST · by SMARTY · 8 replies
    December 19, 2014 Dear Ms. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx: Thank you for contacting my office regarding H.R. 83, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015. As your Representative in Congress, I appreciate your input on this issue. The 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill contains many important provisions that will protect jobs, stop wasteful spending, rein in government overreach, and bolster our national security efforts. Ideally, appropriations would be passed through regular order each year, rather than combined in an omnibus spending bill at the last minute. The House passed eight appropriations bills this summer which, unfortunately, were never taken up in the...
  • [Live Thread] Federal Government Response to Ebola (Senate Appropriations)

    11/12/2014 11:56:26 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 7 replies ^ | Nov 12, 2014 | c-span
    The Senate Appropriations Committee helda hearing on the federal government resources needed to combat the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa and to better prepare U.S. medical facilities for future infections. Witnesses included Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell; Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; and Homeland Security Security Jeh Johnson.
  • Republican Cochran wins with Dems, should Alabama close its primary to avoid it happening here?

    06/28/2014 3:51:32 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 37 replies
    YellowHammer News ^ | Cliff Sims
    Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) overcame tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel in a runoff Tuesday night after finishing second behind him in the primary three weeks ago. Although he now faces a Democrat in November, Cochran’s runoff victory likely secures him a whopping seventh term in the U.S. Senate. Alabamians were paying unusually close attention to the out-of-state race because of its potential impact on the committee assignments of one of our own U.S. senators, Richard Shelby. (SNIP) With all of the action in Republican primaries now, the teachers’ union and liberal activists launched a coordinated effort to get traditionally Democratic...
  • The power of the purse: "Our most complete and effectual weapon: - JAMES MADISON

    10/06/2013 9:02:40 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 38 replies
    1788 | James Madison
    "The House of Representatives can not only refuse, but they alone can propose the supplies requisite for the support of Government. They, in a word, hold the purse; that powerful instrument by which we behold, in the history of the British Constitution, an infant and humble representation of the People gradually enlarging the sphere of its activity and importance, and finally reducing, as far as it seems to have wished, all the overgrown prerogatives of the other branches of the Government. This power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon, with which...
  • House Approves Backpay for Furloughed Feds

    10/05/2013 9:05:24 AM PDT · by Gasshog · 43 replies
    Federal News Radio ^ | Oct, 5 2013 | Jack Moore
    The House voted unanimously Saturday morning to approve a bipartisan bill ensuring furloughed federal workers receive backpay once the government shutdown ends. The vote on the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act was 407-0. Twenty-five members didn't vote. The measure now moves to the Senate, where it is expected to pass. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) had introduced a Senate version of the bill earlier this week.
  • Rand Paul: GOP ‘probably can’t defeat’ Obamacare [Reid, McCain concur. Wrong! Read on]

    09/22/2013 11:10:57 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 112 replies
    Politico ^ | Sept 21, 2013 | By Adam Sneed
    Sen. Rand Paul conceded Saturday that congressional Republicans have little chance of stopping Obamacare. “We probably can’t defeat or get rid of Obamacare,” the Kentucky senator told reporters at a gathering of Michigan Republicans, according to the Associated Press. Paul acknowledged that time is running out for Congress to pass a government funding bill, however he said House Republicans’ efforts to defund Obamacare in its government funding bill could lead to a compromise. ~~snip~~ Reid has said any bill defunding Obamacare would be dead on arrival, and Sen. John McCain said Thursday that it was “not rational” to think the...
  • Can Appropriations Bills Defund Obamacare? [Yes!]

    08/15/2013 12:16:08 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 105 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | Aug 14, 2013
    Some have argued that because much of Obamacare constitutes “mandatory” spending—namely, new entitlements such as the massive Medicaid expansion and exchange insurance subsidies—Congress is powerless to defund the entire law as part of its annual appropriations bills. These claims are false. Congress routinely enacts changes to mandatory spending programs as part of its annual appropriations process. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recognizes these changes when analyzing spending bills and scores them as CHiMPS—changes in mandatory program spending. In February 2011, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1—legislation intended to reduce federal spending by $100 billion, consistent with House...
  • Govt Broke by Sept 30: Funding ObamaCare in Spotlight - Why House Excuses for Funding Are Bogus

    07/26/2012 12:17:05 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 10 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 7-26-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is saying the House WILL fund the government, in yet another vote needed to support the swayed-back of Obama administration spending.  We are out of money again on September 30th. When Boehner was asked if ObamaCare will be defunded in the next Continuing Resolution, he coyly answered: "our goal would be to make sure the government is funded." Many are taking that answer as yes, we will continue to fund ObamaCare. We have no budget. The unconstitutional spending will continue through a Continuing Resolution (CR). See why there is plenty of precedent for not funding this...
  • House Panel Tackling State Dept., Foreign Ops Bill This Morning

    05/17/2012 9:27:32 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 2 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | May 17, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    The House Appropriations Committee this morning is marking up the FY2013 State, Foreign Operations, and Other Programs bill. Some cuts are proposed, and yet much stays the same. The so-called Drug War, to cite one example, will continue unabated, as the following committee statement indicates: The Committee recommendation restores reductions proposed in the request for key countries in Latin America. The Committee believes it is critical to continue robust support for counternarcotics and law enforcement efforts, as well as assistance for rule of law and judicial reform activities in Mexico, Colombia, Central America, and the Caribbean to fight drug trafficking...
  • Appropriations Committee calls for independent Gunwalker investigation

    07/28/2011 5:13:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 27 July, 2011 | David Codrea
    The Congressional Research Service recently released another in a series of “Gun Control Legislation” reports by William J. Krouse, Specialist in Domestic Security and Crime Policy. While the entire report is an invaluable guide for understanding the scope and nature of related firearms control issues being considered by Congress, the report references a recommendation of particular interest to those following the “Project Gunwalker” (Operation Fast and Furious) story. From page 30 of the report (page 34 in the pdf file): As called for originally by Senator Grassley, the House Appropriations Committee included report language in the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations...
  • Just when you think they finally get it

    03/24/2011 5:52:01 AM PDT · by radioone · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3-23-11 | Mark Tapscott
    Examiner columnist and talk radio host Hugh Hewitt ruffled feathers Monday by noting that most of the 29 Republican members of the House Appropriations Committee are "content to labor away spending, spending, spending in national obscurity but powerful within the Beltway where their control of trillions of tax dollars makes them very popular indeed." Understand that Hewitt is nobody's fool when it comes to the ways of Washington, having served as general counsel at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management during the first Bush administration. He's also a constitutional law professor at Chapman University. What sparked Hewitt, he wrote Monday,...
  • Our New Congress: What Are We Going to Do About It?

    01/05/2011 4:55:34 AM PST · by DanMiller · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | January 5, 2011 | Dan Miller
    This is a bit of a rant but a timely one since our brand spankin’ new Congress will be sworn in today and start work on January 6, 2011 — perhaps with a reading of the United States Constitution, a wholesome but largely symbolic gesture. We elected the new folks and got rid of lots (but not enough) of the old because we wanted them to do something to end the accelerating spiral rush toward a multicultural Hell on which we have been little more than unwilling passengers, required to go along for the ride but not allowed access to...
  • ‘Prince of Pork’ to Chair Appropriations

    12/09/2010 8:13:38 AM PST · by blade_tenner · 11 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | December 9, 2010 | Tad DeHaven
    House Republican leaders went with Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) – a.k.a. “The Prince of Pork” – to chair the House Appropriations Committee. As I wrote last week, the prospect of Rogers chairing Appropriations is about as inspiring as re-heated meatloaf when it comes to his potential for pushing serious spending reforms.
  • 'Prince of Pork' to chair House appropriations committee (The GOP forgets the lessons of Nov 2)

    12/09/2010 7:56:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/09/2010 | Ric Moran
    Can a tiger change his stripes? Can the "Prince of Pork" swear off earmarks? Do the Republicans get it? Judging by who they named to chair the powerful Committee on Appropriations, the answer would be a resounding "NO!" Says Politico: Rep. Hal Rogers may have sworn off earmarks as he lobbied his way into the powerful House Appropriations Committee chairmanship, but there's a reason he's earned the nickname "Prince of Pork."Over the past two years, Rogers has requested $175,613,300 in earmarks, including funding for a cheetah protection nonprofit that his daughter works for.That earmark figure, compiled by the LegiStorm...
  • Are the Democrats going to shut down the government on Friday, December 3, 2010?

    11/22/2010 7:30:57 AM PST · by MIchaelTArchangel · 16 replies · 1+ views ^ | November 19, 2010 | Marcia Smith
    The U.S. government is operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR) that expires on December 3. Congress must do something to keep the government operating after that date... Politico said the Democrats "have only themselves to blame ... after failing to pass a budget this year or any of the dozen annual appropriations" bills. Apparently anticipating that an omnibus bill cannot be passed, the White House wants a year-long CR according to Politico, because a short-term CR would mean that the budget would have to be taken up again early next year when Republicans have control of the House giving them...
  • Republicans Avoiding Appropriations Committee To Change Politics? Or Is It Politics As Usual?

    11/17/2010 3:46:53 PM PST · by Starman417 · 1 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-17-10 | Curt
    Politics as usual? Is this a case of newly elected Republicans doing their part to stop the earmarks and bring down the deficit, or instead is it a case of ducking and hiding to save their future hides? A band of conservative rebels has taken over the House, vowing to slash spending, cut the deficit and kill earmarks. And of course they’d love a seat on the powerhouse Appropriations Committee so they can translate their campaign zeal into action, right? Not really. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was asked to be an appropriator and said thanks, but no thanks. Rep....
  • How the New Congress Can Roll Back Obama’s Agenda

    11/06/2010 5:35:45 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 17 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 6, 2010 | Dan Miller
    There is lots of election analysis elsewhere, and I won’t try to provide more of it here; suffice it to say that the people have spoken, loudly and effectively. Despite all spin, President Obama won’t be able to get contentious new legislation through the Congress, and the House can prevent the funding of some Obama initiatives already passed; Yes he Can’t. Lame-duck congress? Bad stuff may happen but there are cures. Appropriations bills are initiated in the House, and it must provide separate and detailed appropriations bills. For example, if the separate EPA appropriations bill were to prohibit the use...
  • Fattah to run for Appropriations chairmanship

    05/05/2010 10:45:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies · 256+ views
    Politico ^ | May 5, 2010 | Jonathan Allen
    Rep. David Obey’s retirement announcement wasn’t even official before the competition began for his Appropriations chairmanship. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) will make a run for the gavel, sources close to the lawmaker told POLITICO, putting him in a potential competition for that chairmanship with Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.). “Fattah is very interested in setting spending priorities that would focus on education, health, [and] urban and rural communities, and sees the chairmanship as an opportunity to articulate those priorities in a way that defends the Democratic majority in the House,” said one source. Obey (D-Wis.) announced Wednesday that he will not...
  • Carney loses bid to gain key post ("Blue Dog" Dem)

    03/27/2010 8:04:44 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 6 replies · 424+ views
    Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre PA) ^ | 3/27/10 | Andrew M. Seder
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Carney’s bid to follow in the footsteps of his two Republican 10th District representative predecessors by sitting on the powerful House Appropriations Committee will have to wait A secret ballot vote conducted Thursday by the 11 members of the Pennsylvania Democratic congressional delegation resulted in U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Murphy, of Bristol, Bucks County, being recommended for a seat on the committee. The House Democratic Steering Committee will have the final say and could accept that recommendation or opt to choose someone else, even from another state. The vacancy opened up in February when U.S. Rep...
  • Tiahrt, "Defund Obamacare"

    03/24/2010 8:32:34 PM PDT · by Kansas58 · 41 replies · 2,537+ views
    Tiahrt Press Release ^ | 24 March 2010 | Congressman Todd Tiahrt
    Less than a day after President Obama signed the Democrat’s healthcare bill into law, the Ranking Republican of the House subcommittee with funding jurisdiction over federal healthcare spending has proposed House-Senate strategy discussions to defund the new law. U.S. Congressman Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) has sent a letter to House and Senate leaders proposing that meetings begin immediately to "undo the damage" done by the new healthcare law, including moves to defund the new mandates. Tiahrt is the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. "Now that President Obama has signed the unconstitutional...
  • Senate sends up $1.1 trillion bill

    12/14/2009 3:26:43 AM PST · by Scanian · 4 replies · 426+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 13, 2009 | AP
    WASHINGTON — The Senate today passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill with increased budgets for vast areas of the federal government, including health, education, law enforcement and veterans' programs. The more-than-1,000-page package, one of the last essential chores of Congress this year, passed 57-35 and now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. The weekend action underlined the legislative crush faced by Congress as it tries to wind up the year. After the vote, the Senate immediately returned to the debate on health care legislation that has consumed its time and energy for weeks. Senate Democrats hope to reach...
  • Appropriator expects Defense bill to pay for 10 more C-17s (not requested by DOD)

    10/22/2009 9:49:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies · 504+ views
    Government Executive ^ | 10/22/2009 | Megan Scully
    House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Murtha, D-Pa., said Wednesday that he expects the fiscal 2010 Defense spending bill will include funding to buy about 10 C-17 Globemaster III cargo planes, but signaled he is worried about the $250 million price tag for each aircraft. Before he signs off on the additional planes, Murtha said he wants Boeing Co., the plane's maker, to give the government a price more comparable to the roughly $200 million per plane the government paid as part of the last multiyear procurement deal for C-17s, which ended in 2007. The House-passed Defense Appropriations bill included...
  • “Getting Around Congress?” It’s Much Worse than That

    04/20/2009 11:43:14 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 11 replies · 1,446+ views
    Special to FreeRepublis ^ | 20 April 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    “Getting Around Congress?” It’s Much Worse than That by John Armor (632 words) The Treasury Department announced today that it would “convert its preferred stock in the nation’s largest banks into common stock.” The stated advantages were that this would allow Treasury to aid more banks without going back to Congress for more money than what was already approved. Some Administration officials even said that this would “get around Congress.” That alone would be bad enough. But the actual meaning of this action subverts the entire Constitution and is an assault on the American people. It is a take-over of...
  • Senate ignores McCain, keeps thousands in earmarks

    03/04/2009 2:31:08 PM PST · by DBCJR · 15 replies · 370+ views
    AP ^ | 3/4/09 | By DAVID ESPO
    The Senate voted overwhelmingly to preserve thousands of earmarks in a $410 billion spending bill on Tuesday, brushing aside Sen. John McCain's claim that President Barack Obama and Congress are merely conducting business as usual in a time of economic hardship. McCain's attempt to strip out an estimated 8,500 earmarks failed on a vote of 63-32. The Arizona senator's proposal also would have cut roughly $32 billion from the measure and kept spending at last year's levels in several federal agencies. Last year's Republican presidential candidate said both he and Obama pledged during the campaign to "stop business as usual...
  • US Senator Byrd steps down as head of key committee

    11/07/2008 4:37:13 PM PST · by james500 · 32 replies · 2,092+ views
    AFP ^ | 11/7/2008
    The US Senate's oldest and longest-serving member, Robert Byrd, announced Friday he was stepping down as chairman of the appropriations committee. For the last 10 years, the 90-year-old Democratic dean from West Virginia has headed the committee which helps the government decide how to spend its money. Byrd, re-elected for his ninth Senate term in 2006, has spent nearly 50 years as a committee member and senator, casting a record 18,000 ballots as of last year. "A new day has dawned in Washington, and that is a good thing," Byrd, who endorsed Illinois Senator Barack Obama this year in his...
  • Will the 110th Congress Pass Critical Defense Bills?

    09/15/2008 3:52:21 PM PDT · by Mr. Binnacle · 1 replies · 144+ views
    Last week, AUSA President Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, USA, Ret., urged congressional leaders to move quickly on the fiscal 2009 Defense Authorization and Appropriations Bills. In a letter to the House and Senate leadership, Gen. Sullivan said, “Our ability to win the Global War on Terrorism and sustain the all volunteer force is dependent upon timely defense authorizations and appropriations. The bills must meet the Army’s baseline budget and fund the war. I stress the necessity of getting the bills to the president for signature before September 30, the end of the fiscal year.” While the House finished its version...
  • Iraq spending hearing dependent on Byrd’s health, sources say

    04/15/2008 3:15:25 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 15 replies · 123+ views
    The Hill ^ | 4/15/08 | J. Taylor Rushing
    All eyes will be on Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) Wednesday. The 90-year-old senator is expected to chair a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on an Iraq war spending bill and his appearance should send “an important signal” as to whether he can continue as chairman. But that may not happen. At least two Democratic sources said Tuesday that Byrd’s health remained a question and that staffers had taken the extremely rare step of holding off scheduling a time for the hearing. A notice finally went out at the end of the day, announcing the hearing would take place at noon on...
  • McReynolds talks TxDOT at First Friday luncheon

    03/11/2008 1:24:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 407+ views
    Diboll Free Press ^ | March 12, 2008 | Jerry Gaulding
    Senior executives of the Texas Department of Transportation can expect some heavy grilling from state legislators when the state Legislature convenes next January, state Rep. Jim McReynolds said Friday. Speaking to the monthly First Friday luncheon of The Chamber, Lufkin-Angelina County, McReynolds said many legislators, especially those from rural East Texas, are unhappy with TxDOT leaders over the Trans- Texas Corridor project and how it has incorporated plans for an Interstate 69 through the region. McReynolds said he attended all four of the TxDOT hearings on the TTC held in his district, which included one in Diboll, and "never heard...
  • Help Fight Pork: Support Rep. Flake for the Appropriations Committee (PorkBusters!)

    01/12/2008 4:08:06 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies · 169+ views ^ |
    Make It Jeff Flake! Help Fight Pork: Support Rep. Flake for the Appropriations Committee "With Roger Wicker being named a United States Senator, there is an opening on the Appropriations Committee for the U.S. House of Representatives. The Republicans get to fill the seat. The Republican leadership has a great opportunity to prove that it is serious about earmark reform and a conservative approach to spending. It's time to put some action behind their rhetoric." --RedState: The Road to Recovery Begins with Jeff Flake on Appropriations "In four terms in Congress, Mr. Flake has never sought a special bridge, courthouse,...
  • As Long As The Axe Has His Name On It (Democrats about to throw Robert Byrd under the bus?)

    12/18/2007 10:37:02 AM PST · by jdm · 21 replies · 150+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Dec. 18, 2007 | Ed Morrissey
    Have the Senate Democrats decided to dump their most egregious porker from his leadership position? The Politico reports this morning that Robert Byrd may get pressured to leave his position as chair of the Appropriations committee, a move that could call into question his ability to function at all in the Senate. Pork has nothing to do with this move: A group of Senate Democrats has begun quietly exploring ways to replace the venerable Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) as chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, believing he’s no longer physically up to the job, according to Democratic senators and...
  • TxDOT aims to tighten purse strings

    11/17/2007 1:56:09 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies · 349+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | November 17, 2007 | Peggy Fikac
    Deficit may top $1.8 billion by fiscal 2012 with current slate of road projects AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Transportation, working to fend off a funding shortfall, intends to cut hundreds of millions of dollars budgeted for everything from consulting engineers to right-of-way purchases. The plan wouldn't affect existing road projects, and it's "difficult to say" what future projects would be delayed as a result, agency spokesman Randall Dillard said Friday. Projections show that if existing plans on awarding contracts and expenditures were to go forward, the department would have at least a $1.8 billion deficit by fiscal year...
  • Ron Paul, Democrats demand an end to Iraq war

    10/17/2007 10:00:28 AM PDT · by sdnet · 19 replies · 172+ views ^ | October 17th, 2007 | SGT News,
    Texas Representative Ron Paul, along with several other Democrats, told Bush that the War in Iraq will end once enough Democrats and Republicans stop bending over backwards to every financial whim of the Bush administration over the war's continued escalation. These words were penned in a letter to Bush this week and signed by 88 Democratic representatives, along with Ron Paul, the sole Republican on the list of endorsers. The letter states that the signers will only support further funding on the War in Iraq for the eventual pullout of troops from the area in a safe manner before Bush's...
  • Jaime Castillo: TxDOT's 'outreach' plan reaches deep into taxpayers' pockets

    08/22/2007 9:41:54 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 469+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | August 21, 2007 | Jaime Castillo
    Even if it's just for a moment, let us give credit where credit is due. The Texas Department of Transportation has realized — finally — that it has an image problem when it comes to convincing Texans of the need for a vast network of toll roads and the Trans-Texas Corridor. The realization, however, comes with a price tag of $7 million to $9 million that, rather than going to build highways, will fuel an advertising campaign centered around a memo titled, "Keep Texas Moving: Tolling and Trans-Texas Corridor Outreach." This is where I get off the track. Outreach? The...
  • King of roads known for giving little ground

    06/26/2007 6:13:04 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 772+ views ^ | June 26, 2007 | Christy Hoppe (Dallas Morning News)
    AUSTIN – State Transportation Commission Chairman Ric Williamson is proud that he can still work a bulldozer, a skill he learned early on the ranch and in the gas fields. Others would say he still drives it at meetings, committee hearings and town hall gatherings. Mr. Williamson, 55, is one of the most influential men in Texas. He has the ear of the governor, with whom he speaks almost daily. He is the architect behind the state's road plan for the next 25 years. He is smart, studious, self-made. And critics, who seem as endless as a West Texas highway,...
  • Urge Support for Pro-Life Policies in Annual Funding Bills

    06/15/2007 10:04:03 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 316+ views
    NCHLA ^ | 06.15.07
    Urge Support for Pro-Life Policies in Annual Funding BillsFiscal Year 2008 begins October 1, 2007. Between now and then Congress has the task of passing the 12 annual appropriations bills. Passage of these bills – or temporary Continuing Resolutions – is necessary if the federal government is to have the money to continue to function.A number of pro-life policies are attached as riders to appropriations bills. These riders must be included in the bills each year. For example: the Hyde Amendment restricting government funding of abortions (Labor/HHS/Education); the Kemp-Kasten Amendment that enables the Administration to deny funding to the United...
  • Liar Liars (Democreeps and War Funding)

    04/04/2007 10:44:59 PM PDT · by freespirited · 1 replies · 295+ views
    GOP Bloggers ^ | 4/4/07 | Matt Margolis
    Recent attempts by congressional Democrats to cut off funding for our troops naturally prompt us to show that it wasn't long ago that they were saying they would never cut off funding for our troops... From sources: Sen Harry Reid (D-NV): “…I don’t think anyone can find a war that this country was engaged in where the funds were cut off. No one is talking about cutting off the funds.” Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY): “I do not support cutting funding for American troops.” Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI): “We're not going to cut off funding to the troops … no one...
  • Melancon Votes for Massive Hurricane Disaster Assistance Bill

    03/23/2007 10:46:19 PM PDT · by Pikachu_Dad · 3 replies · 357+ views
    Melancon House Gov Web site. ^ | March 23, 2007 | Melancon
    Melancon Votes for Massive Hurricane Disaster Assistance Bill Contact: Robin Winchell (202) 225-4031 March 23, 2007 WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon voted today for the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill, which would provide $6.4 billion in disaster relief for hurricane recovery along the Gulf Coast. The bill passed the House by only one vote. Rep. Melancon had worked with House leadership to include specific funding and waiver language in the supplemental to help expedite the recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in south Louisiana. "People in south Louisiana are tired of waiting for help from their government," Rep. Melancon...
  • "Emergency" Supplemental Appropriations for FY 2007 (see the numbers - GAG Alert)

    03/23/2007 12:50:19 PM PDT · by mukraker · 8 replies · 449+ views
    Republican Study Committee ^ | Rep. Jeb Hensling (R-TX)
    Appropriations Policy Brief H.R. XX — Making Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for FY 2007 Global War on Terror Funding (Title I): In millions Department of Defense Request House Military Personnel 12,145 13,566 Operations & Maintenance 50,316 52,499 Afghanistan Security Fund 5,906 5,906 Iraq Security Fund 3,842 3,842 Iraq Freedom Fund 206 156 Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Fund 2,433 2,433 Strategic Reserve Readiness Fund 0 2,500 Procurement 24,900 24,814 R&D, Test & Evaluation 1,448 1,035 Defense Working Capital Fund 1,316 1,316 Drug Interdiction & Counter Drug Activities 259 259 Intelligence Community Management Account 67 57 Defense Health Program 1,073 2,790 National...
  • Nancy Pelosi Wants Bedroom on Jet

    02/08/2007 7:32:14 PM PST · by do the dhue · 178 replies · 4,042+ views ^ | newsmax staff
    Critics charge that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is abusing the perks of power by asking for a jumbo military jet with sleeping accommodations for her flights across the country. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Pentagon agreed to provide the speaker, who is second in the line of presidential succession, with a military plane for added security during trips back home. Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, an Illinois Republican, flew in a small commuter-sized Air Force jet. Pelosi wants a larger aircraft that can fly to her San Francisco district without stopping to refuel. Some sources are claiming that Pelosi...
  • Senator Feinstein's Iraq Conflict (voted for appropriations worth billions to her husband's firms)

    02/01/2007 10:56:28 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 902+ views ^ | 1/24/07 | Peter Byrne
    IN THE November 2006 election, the voters demanded congressional ethics reform. And so, the newly appointed chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is now duly in charge of regulating the ethical behavior of her colleagues. But for many years, Feinstein has been beset by her own ethical conflict of interest, say congressional ethics experts. As chairperson and ranking member of the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee (MILCON) from 2001 through the end of 2005, Feinstein supervised the appropriation of billions of dollars a year for specific military construction projects. Two defense contractors whose interests were largely controlled by...
  • Most of U.S. spending monitors sacked

    10/20/2006 3:32:36 PM PDT · by balch3 · 2 replies · 426+ views
    Washington Times ^ | October 20, 2006 | UPI
    Most private contractors keeping tabs on billions of dollars in governmental spending for the U.S. House Appropriations Committee have been let go. With about 60 investigators gone, the shakeup leaves only 16 full-time employees in the unit, USA Today reported. Committee spokesman John Scofield said that the quality of the unit's work had been questioned by leaders of the Republican-controlled committee. Scofield said the ongoing investigations include the $62 billion federal relief package for Hurricane Katrina.
  • Ethics Committee OKs lobby firm payout to appropriations aide

    09/21/2006 1:17:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 198+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 9/21/06 | Erica Werner - AP
    WASHINGTON The House ethics committee has approved a $2 million payout from a lobbying firm to a top Appropriations Committee staffer. The lobbying firm's ties to Appropriations Chairman Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., are under federal investigation. Jeff Shockey got $1.96 million in severance payments when he left Washington-based Copeland, Lowery, Jacquez, Denton, & White early last year to become deputy staff director of the Appropriations Committee. The payments have been criticized by government watchdog groups because Copeland, Lowery, which specializes in helping clients that want federal funding for projects, frequently lobbies the Appropriations Committee. "It appears that the terms of your...
  • Bill allocates funds for Dauphin Island Beach purchases (Pork Alert)

    07/31/2006 5:48:00 PM PDT · by Small-L · 4 replies · 352+ views
    Dauphin Island Times ^ | July 14, 2006 | Mark
    Under a spending bill passed Thursday by the Senate Appropriations Committee approximately $2.5million would be appropriated for public beach and wildlife habitat purchases on Dauphin Island out of the next federal budget. The bill was created by Republican Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama. Senator Shelby heads the subcommittee that crafted the spending bill. Why is this happening, you ask? Because Shelby knows Dauphin Island needs these things for its continued growth as a socio-economic entity. Because Dauphin Island officials don't have the resources to do this themselves. And because he's in a position to allocate a small portion of pork...
  • Congress Appropriates Zero Dollars for Border Security Fence

    07/18/2006 1:09:27 PM PDT · by Founding Father · 75 replies · 1,383+ views
    Intellectual Conservative ^ | July 17, 2006 | Jim Kouri
    Getting tough on immigration apparently means refusing to provide funds for programs that have already been approved. When the immigration issue was at the boiling point in the spring, the US Senate voted to erect a mere 370 miles of security fencing along the US-Mexican border. However, last week many of the same senators voted against providing funds to build it. "We do a lot of talking. We do a lot of legislating," said Senator Jeff Sessions, the Alabama Republican whose amendment to fund the fence was killed on a 71-29 vote. "The things we do often sound very good,...
  • GOP lawmakers want Pelosi to remove Mollohan (from the Appropriations Committee)

    05/08/2006 6:10:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies · 572+ views
    The Hill ^ | 5/08/06 | Patrick O’Connor
    GOP lawmakers want Pelosi to remove MollohanBy Patrick O’Connor House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during a taping of 'Meet the Press' at the NBC studios in Washington Sunday May 7, 2006. Pelosi promised 'honest leadership and open government' should the Democrats take control of the House after the November elections. (AP Photo/NBC Meet the Press, Alex Wong) Republican Reps. John Carter (R-Texas) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) are expected to send House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) a letter tomorrow asking her to remove Rep. Alan Mollohan (W.Va.) from the Appropriations Committee. Mollohan stepped aside as the ranking...
  • Report to FR on Freeper Candidate for Congress, NC 11th District

    05/02/2006 9:34:31 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 78 replies · 1,428+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 3 May 2006 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    This is the Fifth and Final - for now - Report on the Campaign for the 11th District in NC. The eight-term Congressman, Charles Taylor, has defeated me for the nomination of the Republican Party. However, Mr. Taylor's career as a Member of Congress is now over. That paradoxical conclusion is not a matter of my opinion. It is based on observations of lifelong residents in western Carolina who've been active in politics most of their adult lives. Consider the parameters of this race: Charles Taylor is a long term incumbent who worked his way up the ladder to a...