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Farm Bill Issues; Appropriations; and, the Ag Economy- Thursday

Farm Bill Implementation- House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas Ron Hays, of The Oklahoma Farm Report and Radio Oklahoma Network, spoke yesterday with House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R., Okla.) about Farm Bill implementation issues. An audio replay and summary of the Chairman’s remarks from yesterday can be found here, while an unofficial FarmPolicy.com […]

Harry Reid: The Border Is Secure

Tuesday during a press briefing, Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) declared "the border is secure." Last week Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told the Senate Appropriations Committee predicting as many as 90,000 unaccompanied minors could be apprehended before the end of this fiscal year on Sept 30. 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

PSRC Recommends Local Projects

The Puget Sound Regional Council’s most interesting job is to allocate Federal Money to local projects (Andrew explained the PSRC five years ago). On Thursday a PSRC committee recommended approval $690m of appropriations (see more on the process here), money from both the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration. The list is long, and there are tons […]

Obama's $3.7 billion border request too big, House will not approve: Appropriations Chairman Rogers

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency request for the border crisis is too big and the House won’t approve it, the chairman of the House committee that controls spending said Friday.

Appropriations Chairman: Obama Border Bill Too Expensive

Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) told reporters on Friday that President Obama’s “emergency” supplemental spending request for the border was too expensive for the House of Representatives to support. “That’s too much,” Rogers said according to Bloomberg News. Show More Summary

DOJ: Nearly Half of Illegal Immigrant Juveniles Don't Show Up to Hearings

Nearly half of illegal immigrant juveniles do not show up for the hearings, according to a top Justice Department official. At a Thursday Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the $3.7 billion in supplemental funding that the Obama...Show More Summary

HHS Sec: Beds for Illegals Can Cost Feds Up to $1K

At a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing Wednesday, President Barack Obama's Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell said that beds for illegal immigrant children can cost the federal government up to $1,000 per bed. Show More Summary

Eight Questions about Two Appropriations Bills

Both House and Senate Appropriations Committees approved bills to fund the State Department and foreign assistance in FY15 last week. Thanks to the bipartisan budget deal reached back in December, the committees agreed to similar topline spending levels. Show More Summary

Meddling House Republican Tries to Stop "Irresponsible" Local DC Marijuana Decriminalization Law

last monthNews : Reason

An amendment that would make it impossible for the District of Columbia to lessen penalties for marijuana possession -- and possibly to legalize the drug -- passed in the House Committee on Appropriations. Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), who...Show More Summary

Did Rep. Andy Harris inadvertently legalize marijuana possession in D.C.?

Shortly after noon Wednesday, the Republicans of the House Appropriations Committee (plus one Democrat) voted to block the District’s recently passed marijuana decriminalization law. Leading the charge was Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), who said the measure was “bad policy” that would harm children. But District lawyers are now exploring whether he might have actually moved […]

House Panel Seeks to Block Washington Marijuana Law

The action by the House Appropriations Committee is a stumbling block for a new law decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana in the District of Columbia.

Film and TV Incentives Bill Approved by California Senate Committee

There is still no dollar amount attached, but that is likely to be done before it reaches the appropriates committee. read more

Abortion Coverage for Peace Corps Volunteers Moves Ahead in Congress

The Huffington Post reports that the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved by voice vote an amendment that will extend abortion coverage to Peace Corps volunteers. From the report: The GOP-controlled committee blocked the abortion coverage provision last year after the Senate tried to include it in the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill. But […]

The not-so-subtle diplomatic tactic of renaming streets to troll other countries

last monthNews : BlogPost

China's Washington embassy is getting a new address, according to The Washington Post's Dr. Gridlock blog: No. 1 Liu Xiaobo Plaza. The move comes after a vote from the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, whose members want to rename the street as a protest of Beijing's human rights record. Read full article >>

Road near Washington Chinese Embassy might be renamed 'Liu Xiaobo Plaza'

last monthChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

The US House Appropriations Committee has voted for the road near Washington's Chinese embassy to be renamed "Liu Xiaobo Plaza", after the Chinese human rights activist and Nobel Prize-winning dissident. Yeah, basically a giant middle finger to Beijing officials and their human rights rack record. [ more › ]

Abortion Coverage for Peace Corps Volunteers Who Are Raped Might Finally Happen

In a small but important victory for reproductive rights Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to the budget for foreign aid and State Department operations that allows for Peace Corps volunteers to get abortion coverage in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment. Show More Summary

House Spending Bill Contains Huge Giveaways To Dirty Energy

The House Appropriations Committee is currently debating a spending bill that would set America back decades when it comes to energy policy and environmental protection.  The 2015 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations...Show More Summary

$113 Million Cut From Renewable Energy Spending By Republican Bill

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) has authored the “2015 Energy and Water” bill, which was recently approved by a House Appropriations Committee subpanel. It calls for $113 million in cuts to renewable energy programs and over $500 million in increases for spending on fossil fuels. Show More Summary

Congress’ hearing on Bergdahl

Derek sends us a link to Fox News in regards to yesterday’s hearing about the appropriateness of trading five high value prisoners for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl; The House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing was an open forum to discuss the prisoner swap, and featured testimony from lawmakers, soldiers who served with Bergdahl and Andy Andrews, the […]

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