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1. Appropriating Instagram. 2. Kevin Warsh on optimal committee design for the FOMC. 3. Economics of the craft beer industry. 4. How urban barbecue technologies are developing. 5. Which is a denser city: Los Angeles or Beijing?  By the way, more than half of Beijing’s residents live far from the city center, beyond the fifth […]

Senators back allowing vets to ask about medical pot for PTSD

Veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and other chronic pain issues may be able to ask their VA doctors for a new treatment soon: medical marijuana. This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to back the Veterans Equal Access Amendment. Show More Summary

WCI Applauds Increased USACE Funding

Today WCI applauded the leadership of Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Senate Energy & Water Development (E&WD) Appropriations

Senate Committee Approves Historic Measure To Increase Veterans' Access To Medical Marijuana

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a historic bipartisan amendment Thursday that aims to increase veterans' access to medical marijuana. The Veterans Equal Access Amendment, added to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, passed the committee 18-12. Show More Summary

House NASA Funding Bill Proposes a Fantastic Budget for Planetary Science

The House Appropriations Committee released their vision for NASA's 2016 budget this week, which includes significant increases for the SLS and Planetary Science, but cuts Commercial Crew and Earth Science funds.

House committee votes to cut funding for Amtrak

This story has been updated Less than one day after a fatal crash killed seven passengers on a New York-bound Amtrak train, the House Appropriations committee voted Wednesday to slash federal funding for Amtrak. The legislation, which is now headed for consideration by the full House, would slash Amtrak’s total funding from about $1.4 billion last year to $1.14 billion. […]

House committee rejects Amtrak funding boost

Republicans on the House Appropriations committee twice rejected amendments with more than $1.3 billion in new federal funding for Amtrak spending on capital investments on Wednesday, less than a day after a fatal crash killed six passengers on a New York-bound Amtrak train. The attempt to nearly double the existing Amtrak budget sparked heated debate […]

Deadly crash comes as Congress wants to cut Amtrak funding

By VICTORIA JONES Talk Radio News Service WASHINGTON – The Amtrak train crash comes on the eve of a House Appropriations Committee markup today of a fiscal 2016 bill that funds, among other things, Amtrak. The version approved earlier...Show More Summary

House Renews Ban on CRS Publication of Its Reports

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) will continue to be barred from releasing its reports to the public, the House Appropriations Committee said yesterday in its report on legislative branch appropriations for the coming year. “The...Show More Summary

House GOP panel proposes Amtrak cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — A powerful House committee is weighing legislation that would slash funds for Amtrak by 18 percent just hours after a deadly train crash in Philadelphia. The Appropriations Committee began work on Wednesday on an overall spending bill for transportation and housing that totals $55 billion.

Elton John Captivates Senate Panel with Testimony on HIV/AIDS: VIDEO

2 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Elton John testified before Congress on AIDS this week for the first time in 12 years, delivering a message to the Senate Appropriations Committee, marking the progress made in more than a decade of fighting HIV/AIDS, and urging the panel...

Why I Met With President Obama and Testified Before the U.S. Congress

Today, I had the great honor of meeting with President Obama along with my husband and the Chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, David Furnish. And I had the honor of testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee to urge...Show More Summary

Elton John To Congress: HIV Stigma Is Still The Greating Threat To Stopping AIDS

2 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Elton John testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee today to argue against so-called sequester caps on federal spending for HIV/AIDS. Via the Washington Times: Music legend and advocate Elton John said the stigma of persons...Show More Summary

Partisan lines come out on public sector union bargaining bills

By Charles Thompson, pennlive.com Two bills supporters say are designed to give taxpayers a better window onto future contract talks with public sector unions passed through the Senate Appropriations Committee Monday on twin 15-10, party line votes.

How the House is Revving Up Nuclear Momentum

In talking about the budget for the Department of Energy and particularly its Office of Nuclear Energy, we often zero in, logically enough, on the Appropriations Committees in the House and Senate. These are the committees that will ultimately determine what the budget will be. Show More Summary

Senators, Food Industry Groups Call for More FSMA Funding

On the heels of a high-profile Listeria outbreak and the recall of all Blue Bell ice cream products, seven Democratic U.S. senators on Thursday called on the Senate Appropriations Committee to fully fund the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) by approving President Obama’s request for an additional $109.5 million to implement the law. The U.S.... Continue Reading

Did the sled-in work? Sledding might be coming back to Capitol Hill.

Summer might be on its way, but that doesn’t mean Congress has stopped fighting for our right to sled.  The House Appropriations Committee passed a provision Wednesday that would effectively allow sledding on U.S. Capitol grounds.Read full article >>

The Poor Economics of Florida's Film Incentives

Last week, I testified before Florida Senate Appropriations Committee and met with members of the Florida House to discuss the poor economics of film incentives. After years of the film industry reporting incredible returns on investment—often...Show More Summary

The Proposed Iran Nuclear Weapons Law: Fair to Congress and the President

The bill (S 615), unanimously passed by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on April 14th, gives Congress an appropriate role in reviewing any agreement that President Obama may reach with Iran regarding its nuclear weapons program, without tying the President's hands in advance. Show More Summary

Strong FY 16 Funding Approved for Corps

   Today the House Appropriations Committee, led by Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), approved by unanimous voice vote the FY ’16 Energy & Water

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