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...
"A budget is a moral document; it talks about where your values are." – Representative Rob Woodall (R-GA) discussing the House Budget Committee’s FY2016 Proposal "There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way inShow More Summary
The Republican chairmen of the House and Senate Budget Committees put out their budgets recently, and have succeeded in passing the respective proposals. The House proposal is here and the Senate proposal is here ; both plans are roughly the same. Show More Summary
Republicans say abolishing the tax would help farmers and small business owners keep their businesses in the family. The committee says repealing the tax would add $269 billion to the federal budget deficit over the next decade.
U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, a Republican who represents the Florida communities of Bradenton and Sarasota, has taken an assignment on the House Budget Committee, a panel now in the midst… Click to Continue »...
That's the pending case about whether there can be subsidies on the health insurance exchanges set up in the states by the federal government. On Monday, Justice Kennedy, testifying before a House committee on the court’s budget, said:It is not novel or new for justices to be concerned that they are making so many decisions that affect a democracy. Show More Summary