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INSIDER: Florida to Ban Lawmakers (Literally) Schlonging Lobbyists?

Florida, the state of all things amazing and bizarre, may be set to ban lawmakers literally schlonging lobbyists. The push comes fresh on the heels of Sen. Jack Latvala losing his chairmanship of the Senate Budget Committee, after aShow More Summary

‘He’s a hound’: GOP congressman admits ‘everyone’ in Florida capitol knew about politician’s sexual harassment

2 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

The powerful chair of the Florida Senate Budget committee is running for the GOP nomination for governor amidst allegation from six women who work in the Florida Capitol. Politico Florida reported Friday that the women include staff and lobbyists affiliated with both parties, alleging incidents...

Boiling point: McCain frustrations with Mattis, McMaster go public

4 weeks agoNews : The Lookout

Simmering tension between Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain and the Trump administration’s national security team over information sharing, the defense budget and Pentagon appointments boiled into public view last week.

Senate Narrowly Approves Budget, an Ostensibly Easy Hurdle on the Road to Tax Cuts

It looks like they’ll avoid a conference committee too, so now they can get started on the hard part of the tax reform process.

Sen. Bob Corker slams GOP budget process: ‘Everything about this is a hoax’

last monthNews : The Raw Story

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) called the GOP budget process a “hoax,” telling reporters if he chaired the Senate budget committee, he would disband it, even as the Tennessee Republican voted to advance the budget out of committee. Corker called the budget process he “biggest hoax” on the American...

Senate GOP Wants to Cut $473 Billion from Medicare

Senate Republicans are proposing to slash Medicare spending by $473 billion over a decade, once again diverging from one of President Donald Trump's key campaign promises, according to Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee. The panel's minority party staff, led by Sen. Show More Summary

Tax reform details to be submitted by Nov. 13

Congress hopes to move beyond talk and have tax reform details in writing by mid-November. The Senate Budget Committee released its 2018 budget blueprint on Sept. 29, setting the stage for up to $1.5 trillion in tax cuts over the next 10 years. Show More Summary

Senate GOP Will Not Combine Tax Reform and Health Care

The Senate Budget Committee “laid the groundwork for a party-line overhaul of the tax code, but not another attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act,” Axios reports. “Some conservatives had hoped to combine health care and tax reform. But many [...]

The Latest: Corker says tentative agreement on debt figure

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a Republican plan to overhaul U.S. taxes (all times local): 1 p.m. Sen. Bob Corker says he's reached a tentative agreement with other Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee on how much its tax plan...Show More Summary

GOP panel divided on red ink for tax cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican on the Senate Budget Committee says that tax cut advocates on the panel are pressing for cuts that could add $1.5 trillion or more to the deficit over the coming decade. Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson saidShow More Summary

Testimony on Trump Spending Reform Efforts

In April, President Trump’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) launched a year-long effort to improve management of federal agencies and to cut spending. I testified to a Senate committee yesterday on the OMB effort, and providedShow More Summary

Senate GOP looking for budget deal to open way to tax redo

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing toward the Republicans' prime goal of tax legislation, the GOP Senate leader and members of the Budget Committee are scrambling to come up with a budget deal to clear the way for the first tax overhaul in three...Show More Summary

Is Jeff Sessions’ Objection to Marijuana Racially Motivated?

Cannabis is not dangerous and it is not a public health or safety threat. Much to the dismay of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved a budget amendment in an appropriations bill covering fiscal 2017. Show More Summary

Is Jeff Sessions’ objection to marijuana racially motivated?

3 months agoNews : The Raw Story

Is Sessions’s Objection to Marijuana Racially Motivated Much to the dismay of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved a budget amendment in an appropriations bill covering fiscal 2017. The amendment would protect states with responsible medical...

The hubris of ten-year budgets

IN February of 2001, Alan Greenspan, then still the chairman of the Federal Reserve, and still called the “Maestro”, testified to the Senate Budget Committee. The committee wanted to get started on the tax cuts George W. Bush had promised during his campaign.

More Byrd droppings

Following on on Betty’s post this morning, keep on calling. Senator Sanders in his role as the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee has had his staff arguing hard to the parliamentarian over the past few weeks. They are arguing over every point in the Senate bill(s) that are still be scrawled on napkins […]

NEA, NEH, and Smithsonian Would Lose Millions in Funding in House Appropriations Committee Bill

4 months agoArts : Hyperallergic

The Committee's Interior and Environment Appropriations bill now goes before the Senate, where a final federal budget for 2018 will be hammered out in the coming months. The post NEA, NEH, and Smithsonian Would Lose Millions in Funding in House Appropriations Committee Bill appeared first on Hyperallergic.

The House Budget Panel’s Fiscal Plan Could Open The Door To A Big Tax Bill, If It Survives

Hours after the collapse of the Senate GOP’s health plan, Republicans began to move on, with the House Budget Committee releasing a draft budget resolution. The goal: To make that fiscal plan the vehicle for a major tax measure that could pass Congress with no Democratic votes.

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