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The Idea Men

What if they held a presidential campaign and a think tank broke out? House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, who is considering running for president, offered his thoughts on poverty last week. Sen. Marco Rubio has been giving regular policy speeches on poverty, college loans, and helping the middle class. Show More Summary

Don't Expand Government, Cut the Payroll Tax Instead

The Earned Income Tax Credit is one of the federal government's most successful anti-poverty programs. As House Budget Committee Chairman...

Paul Ryan Gains Support From Rigell for Poverty Plan

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan won key backing for his new proposal to overhaul anti-poverty programs when Rep. Scott Rigell offered his endorsement.

House GOP Follows Ryan Anti-Poverty Plan With Pro-Poverty Legislation

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) extolled the anti-poverty effects of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and, in his new poverty proposal, wisely proposed expanding it for childless adults (including non-custodial parents). ...Show More Summary

Ryan "Opportunity Grant" Proposal Would Likely Increase Poverty and Shrink Resources for Poverty Programs Over Time

A centerpiece of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new poverty plan would consolidate 11 safety-net and related programs — from food stamps to housing vouchers, child care, and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) — into a single block grant to states. Show More Summary

Jeff Sessions: Boehner Group's Border Plan an 'Institutional Surrender' to Obama's 'Planned Illegality'

Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), an immigration hawk, shredded House Speaker John Boehner's working group border crisis recommendations in a Wednesday afternoon statement, calling Boehner’s plan an “institutional surrender to the planned illegality” of President Barack Obama. Show More Summary

Will Congressman Ryan's Anti-Poverty Plan Heed the Advice of the Experts and Break With the GOP Budget?

Tomorrow, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan will present his proposal to address poverty in the United States. We welcome any ideas that lift more Americans out of poverty and create pathways into the middle class, but we will...Show More Summary

Why the 1996 Welfare Law Is Not a Model for Other Safety Net Programs

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's upcoming poverty plan will likely showcase the 1996 welfare law, which replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) -- a block grant with fixed federal funding but broad state flexibility -- as a model for reforming other safety net programs. Show More Summary

Ingraham: Paul Ryan Should Replace His Staff With 'Cheaper Foreign Labor'

In a tweet last week, radio’s Laura Ingraham taunted House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), a top champion of immigration reform, saying that because he supports raising immigration levels, he should take the first step and replace his congressional staff with foreign workers. Show More Summary

House GOP's IRS Budget Cuts: A Field Day for Tax Cheats

The IRS has absorbed big cuts in recent years that have weakened enforcement and damaged taxpayer service. The House Appropriations Committee passed a 2015 IRS budget that would cut the IRS even deeper. But that wasn't good enough for...Show More Summary

House Will Spend More Investigating Benghazi Than On Ethics, Veterans, The Budget, Or Science

Budget hawks like the pictured Benghazi Committee Chair Trey Gowdy would be appalled if this money were spend on, say, welfare recipients. But if it’s to try to “get” President Obama on something, that’s a different story. The House could spend up to $3.3 million in taxpayer dollars over seven months on a special committee [...]

The NC Senate: the only place you can walk out on your job without worrying about being fired

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Apparently the term "at will" means something different to Republicans: McCrory heaped praise on House Speaker Thom Tillis for calling teachers and superintendents to testify to the budget conference committee that is working out differences...Show More Summary

Highway Funding Drive Hits Immediate Bumps

The House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday plans to begin voting on a bill that would redirect $10.7 billion to the highway trust fund, using a series of budget maneuvers to keep transportation projects flowing through May without raising taxes. Can the maneuvers work?

House GOP Witch Hunts Aren't Cheap

House Republicans are planning to spend as much as $3.3 million for this year's operations of the special committee they created in May to investigate the September 2012 Benghazi attacks, a bigger budget than the House Veterans Affairs and Ethics committees were given this year. Show More Summary

House Will Spend More Investigating Benghazi Than On Ethics, Veterans, The Budget, Or Science

The Benghazi investigation will cost more than the budgets of nine other House committees. The post House Will Spend More Investigating Benghazi Than On Ethics, Veterans, The Budget, Or Science appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Paul Ryan’s presidential stock is rising

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) does not get a lot of buzz these days about the 2016 presidential nomination. That is in part by design. In focusing on policy issues and his transition to the Ways and Means Committee chairmanship, he lets others take on the bright, hot light of media attention and criticism. […]

Primary Rival Calls Top NSA Critic in the House "Al Qaeda's Best Friend"

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) is facing a serious primary challenge from businessman Brian Ellis over the second-term congressman's frequent clashes with the Republican establishment. Amash lost his spot on the budget committee after voting...Show More Summary

House Budget to Halt Obamacare Enforcement, Punish IRS With 15% Cut

The IRS may have thought they were being clever by targeting conservatives, but now it’s coming back to bite them. They’re about to take a 15% budget cut, thanks to the House Appropriations Committee. The Internal Revenue Service isShow More Summary

9 Ways House Republicans Are Using the Budget to Screw the IRS

The House Appropriations Committee has drafted a budget for the Internal Revenue Service for Fiscal Year 2015 - and Republicans are already using it as a vehicle for cracking down on the agency. The bill makes several prohibitions and provisions designed to punish the agency for cracking down on conservative and Tea Party non-profit groups. Show More Summary

4 tidbits about Virginia’s messed-up budget

Republican Del. Chris Jones, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, is still skeptical about Medicaid expansion. By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Things already looked grim for Virginia lawmakers and Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who haven’t managed to agree on a budget with one month to spare before the majority of state...

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