ROLL CALL: Senate Economist Warns Debt Limit Fight Could Raise Interest Rates. The White House push for a debt limit hike got some ammunition Friday from the chief economist for the Senate Budget Committee, who warned failure to increase the limit soon could cause interest rates to rise on newly issued federal debt. In a […]
House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (GA-6) is in the race to become the next House Majority Leader. One of the fears that many of us had with the resignation of Boehner was that it would be a case of everyone of his minions moving up. Show More Summary
Patients with critical illnesses will be turned away and research will be disrupted if the government shuts down again on Oct. 1, the director of the National Institutes of Health and the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee warned Tuesday. With just four legislative days remaining until the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1, […]
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) would feed America's hungry children—if only Planned Parenthood weren't eating up so much (.00015 percent) of the federal budget. That's what he said in Wednesday's House Judiciary Committee hearing on...Show More Summary
Who needs moot court when you've got moot government: A state House committee approved a bill under which North Carolina would join Alaska, Georgia, Mississippi and North Dakota in an effort to amend the U.S. Constitution to control the national debt. Show More Summary
Department of Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson called his troubled agency’s lack of planning for an anticipated $2.5 billion budget shortfall “inexcusable” during a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing on the cash-strapped department’s request for a surprise infusion of cash. Show More Summary
The NDPERS appropriation bill (SB 2022) has been a hot potato for the legislature. As you will recall this is the bill that the conference committee could not resolve which resulted in the House deciding to adjourn Sine Die without any final resolution. The Attorney General offered an opinion that since NDPERS had a continuing...
I testified in the House Budget Committee this AM and have many excellent war stories to share. But no time to do so now. Until then, please read my testimony, to which I devoted some thought. Roughly speaking, the position of the majority Republicans is that you should always balance the budget for... Show More Summary
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell was supposed to testify to the Ways and Means Committee in the House Wednesday about HHS's budget, since Ways and Means is all about the money side of government. But why would WaysShow More Summary
The 2015 legislative session ended on an embarrassing, and potentially dangerous, note. They didn’t complete a budget for one of the state’s department. Specifically, the Public Employees Retirement System. The House and Senate were at odds over the decision by the PERS board to switch the state’s health insurance policy – the one covering all...
I have an article today on the new health-care plan from Representative Tom Price (R., Ga.), the chairman of the House Budget Committee. In short, I think it’s a pretty good plan.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House Foreign Affairs Committee has issued a subpoena to the White House budget office about a new State Department security training facility. At issue is the administration's plan to build a brand...Show More Summary
AT LEAST THEY’RE TRYING: House Budget Committee Chair Tom Price (R-GA) unveils a Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. It seems like a relatively simple, efficient alternative based on sliding-scale (by income and age) tax credits for the purchase of health insurance, combined with a health savings account to handle out-of-pocket expenses.
Links for you. Science: Is there anyone in Congress that can restore NASA’s Earth science budget cut? House Science Committee guts NASA Earth sciences budget: Appears to be part of a concerted attack on climate research and responses. Extreme Heat … Continue reading ?
Ever since the Budget Control Act of 2011 placed caps on the Pentagon's base budget, Congress and the Obama administration have been using creative accounting to evade them. But this year's House Armed Services Committee (HASC) version...Show More Summary
The House Science Committee, in a move that took absolutely no one by surprise, voted last week to slash NASA’s budget for Earth sciences, because apparently the planet we live on has had enough science done to it and doesn’t need any more. Show More Summary
Here's how useless Congress is: A conference committee of the House and Senate, dominated by the majority of Republicans, are hammering out a budget blueprint based on the two chambers' passed bills. But the budgets each of them brought...Show More Summary
WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP chairman of the House Armed Service Committee on Monday recommended a $604 billion defense budget for 2016 that challenges the White House because it includes lethal weapons for Ukraine, makes it harder for the president to empty the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and restores funding for the A-10 fleet. Rep. Show More Summary
Good to know that the ranking member of the House Budget Committee and candidate for Barbara Mikulski's Senate seat is listening to progressive voices these days. The Nation: While the legislation remains behind closed doors for now,...Show More Summary
Normally you wouldn’t think the budget for North Dakota’s Public Service Commission would be a likely candidate for heated and protracted debate in the Legislature, but that was the case this morning. A House committee removed language in the PSC budget – SB2008 – which would have funded two state rail inspectors and one supervisor...