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Ben Affleck back on Capitol Hill, offers Congo progress report

Ben Affleck made his way back to Capitol Hill on Thursday to testify on behalf of Eastern Congo in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Dropping rent provision keeps museum bill alive

The Arizona House Appropriations Committee today approved SB1200, transferring the former Mining & Mineral Museum building to AZGS to create a new Mining, Mineral, and Natural Resources Educational Museum. It also transfers $428,300Show More Summary

64th Legislative Assembly: Week 12 Thu & Fri Highlights- NDUS Email and Federal Funding Requirements (plus more)

Week 12 wraps up with a review of some of our marker bills being heard by the “two day” committees. Each house’s committees are either three day or two day (except for appropriations committees, which meet Monday through Friday), with three day committees meeting Monday through Wednesday. The two day committees wrap up the rest...

US Congress Should Not Fund Internet Regulation - FCC Commissioner

The US Congress should not appropriate funds that would enable the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate the Internet, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai said in a testimony to the US House Appropriations Committee.

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"The Committee anticipates that it will be appropriate to raise the target range for the federal funds rate when it has seen further improvement in the labor market and is reasonably confident that inflation will move back to its 2%Show More Summary

TRCP Urges House to Prioritize Conservation Funding

Group testifies in support of funding habitat restoration and grant programs that sustain a robust outdoor economy WASHINGTON, D.C. – House lawmakers from the Committee on Appropriations met today to consider funding decisions impacting fish, wildlife, and public lands. Show More Summary

WATCH LIVE: Secret Service Director Testifies Before House Subcommittee

last weekNews : Mediaite

Newly-appointed Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy will testify before the Homeland Security subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday morning on yet more Secret Service shenanigans, this time involving drunk driving around the White House. Show More Summary

The Secret Service Wants to Build a Replica White House

The Secret Service hasn't been doing an awesome job guarding the White House lately, so Joseph Clancy, its director, plans to ask the House Appropriations Committee for $8 million so that president's guard can build a replica White House on the Secret Service training grounds in southern Maryland. Read more...

US Army Chief: Readiness Degraded To Historically Low Levels

Unrelenting budget constraints have degraded Army readiness and modernization to historically low levels, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told a Senate panel here today. Testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee alongside Army Secretary John M. McHugh, […]

US Senators Urge Appropriations Committee to Fund Lethal Aid to Ukraine

US Senator Richard Blumenthal said that a dozen US Senators sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee requesting that it allocates funds for defensive weapons to Ukraine.

Inside GOP science policy, Part 3: climate change

3 weeks agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

In Part 3 of our interview with Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas), we turn to climate change, which is surely the most politically contentious topic under his jurisdiction as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee's subcommittee on commerce, justice and science. 

Don't Be Fooled by Bogus 'Harvard' Paper

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew was confronted with a so-called "Harvard study" at a Senate Appropriations committee hearing on March 3rd, and will probably be asked about it again at the House Appropriations committee hearing on March 4th. Show More Summary

Dietary Guidelines Discussed at House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture- FDA Budget Hearing

Today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture heard budget related testimony from the Food and Drug Administration. Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R., Ky.) noted at today’s hearing that, “Like many, I am concerned about obstacles created by the Chinese government to our inspection of foreign food and drug products. While the safety of American consumers […]

Inside GOP science, part 2: the brawl over National Science Foundation grants

In part 2 of our interview with Rep. John Culberson (R-Tex.), we turn to the controversy over another agency under his jurisdiction as chairman of the House Appropriation Committee's subcommittee on commerce, justice, and science: the National Science Foundation, which...

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Congress' Longest-Serving Woman, To Retire

3 weeks agoNews : The Two-Way

The Maryland Democrat has served in the Senate since 1987, and was the first woman to chair the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee.

Obama’s Treasury paid $3 Billion to Insurance Companies due to ObamaCare, Circumvented Congress

This could be a blatant violation of how budgets are done, considering the appropriations committees are the only authorities to budget money and not the executive branch (i.e. Obama). Non-mandatory spending (i.e. defense and nondefense like ObamaCare or NOT Medicare, Social Security or Medicaid) has to be approved by Congress. Obama likes to say “it’s […]

Highlights: House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture- Budget Hearing, USDA Inspector General

On Friday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture held a budget hearing and heard testimony from USDA Inspector General Phyllis Fong. Photo by the House Appropriations Committee During the hearing, Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt (R., Ala.), Subcommittee ranking member Sam Farr (D., Calif.) and Rep. Show More Summary

When A 3 Percent Pay Raise For Public Employees Somehow Becomes A Pay Cut

I had some business/family stuff to attend to yesterday so I mostly missed the floor sessions in the legislature, but I had to comment on this because it’s pretty absurd. The Senate Appropriations Committee has, prudently, begun to pare down spending bills because the state is facing billions of dollars worth of revenue uncertainties thanks...

Building relationships matter in urban planning: A Landscape Institute lecture

last monthNews : Slugger O'Toole

  Appropriately for his role as Chair of the OFMdFM Committee at the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mike Nesbitt MLA welcomed those in the Long Gallery attending the Landscape Institute lecture on “Building a United Community: Design & Delivery of Shared Space”. Mr Nesbitt told the audience, “Treat this building as your own; you should, it’s more...

Rod St. Aubyn: There Is A Real Need For Legislative Studies

As the legislature begins to finalize bills with appropriations or fiscal impacts in each house, a lot of the policy committees are beginning to have hearings on study resolutions. While some may scoff at these study resolutions, many are very sincere efforts to take a longer and more deliberative review of complicated issues. I bring...

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