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  • Governor's grab of cash for roads risks fight in legislature

    01/17/2017 11:14:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 17, 2017 | Bob Christie, Associated Press
    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's decision to again take for other uses state gas tax money intended to help cities and counties build and repair roads is getting a cold reception from some in the Legislature. The Republican governor's budget proposal for the year starting July 1 eliminates $86.5 million in highway spending in the current year, a decision likely to spur a fight with lawmakers from both parties who have been seeking a permanent stop to shifts of cash for road work to other uses. Legislation that would bar the practice and require gas tax money only...
  • 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
    finance.yahoo.com ^ | 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.
  • FROM CONGRESSMAN GIBBS IN OHIO RE: MY MESSAGE TO HIM ABOUT CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS

    12/19/2014 10:48:55 AM PST · by SMARTY · 8 replies
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    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
    http://www.c-span.org ^ | 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
    SpacePolicyOnline.com ^ | 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...