In an extreme break from usual conventions, the Republican chairmen of the Senate and House budget committees have chosen not to invite the director of the Office of Management and Budget to testify about the administration's budget proposal.
In an unusual twist in Obama's final year in office, the GOP chairmen of the House and Senate budget committees have said they will not hold a customary hearing on the president's budget proposal the day after they receive it. Federal...Show More Summary
Paul Ryan has been no shrinking violet when it comes to talking about poverty. As chair of the House Budget Committee, Ryan released a lengthy report on the 50 th anniversary of the War on Poverty and convened a series of hearings focused entirely on the topic. Show More Summary
It was once a sleepy Capitol Hill backwater with a reputation for bipartisanship, where freshmen lawmakers would learn the ropes of lawmaking and budgets. Now the recent blow-up over climate research on the House science committee is the latest firefight on a panel that’s more partisan and backbiting than ever, members and former staff say. […]
[...] Ryan has made clear that he has no desire to hang back and play a supporting role to the GOP's presidential nominee next year. [...] the former House Budget Committee chairman who's proposed slashing Medicaid and converting Medicare...Show More Summary
This budget deal is an abomination. It must be defeated. I write that as somebody who once served on the House Appropriations Committee staff. And as somebody who still contends that John Boehner’s “Plan B” for the expiring Bush taxShow More Summary
Jill Lawrence: Six ways the House GOP leadership crisis could end 2. The GOP tries for a Tea Party-establishment hybrid. This is the Paul Ryan option. The austere budgets crafted by the former Budget Committee chairman and 2012 vice presidential nominee made him a conservative hero. Show More Summary
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.