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California lawmakers block effort to make child death records secret

A state Senate budget committee on Thursday blocked an effort to gut key provisions of a groundbreaking 2008 law that requires child protection services to release case records after a child dies from abuse or neglect.

New CBO Director to Make Transparency a Focus for Dynamic Analysis

In his first testimony as director of the Congressional Budget Office, Keith Hall told the Senate Budget Committee that he plans to be transparent as the agency incorporates more dynamic analysis. “We’re going to open ourselves up to...Show More Summary

Agri-Pulse Open Mic with Debbie Stabenow

Agri-Pulse Open Mic this week features the Ranking Member on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Sen. Debbie Stabenow. The Michigan Democrat says she’s concerned about the budget process and is ready to defend the agriculture policy she and others worked so hard to approve. Show More Summary

Senate, Along Party Lines, Passes Cost-Cutting Budget Blueprint

3 weeks agoNews : NYTimes: News

Committee leaders in both parties were already calling for new negotiations on a more bipartisan approach.

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

Not So Fast, No, No, and… No.

Alabama’s Senate Budget Committee taps the brakes on a state flat tax plan. The panel delayed a vote on a bill that would cut the state’s personal income tax rate to 2.75 percent from 5 percent, and lower the corporate income tax rate to 4.59 percent from 6.5 percent. The bill would also eliminate certain […] The post Not So Fast, No, No, and… No. appeared first on TaxVox.

Bob Corker continues to hold mostly symbolic Republican budget hostage

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

Senate Intelligence Committee Kicks Off Budget Season

last monthNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Intelligence Committee kicked off budget season this week with a slew of appearances from Washington’s top spies. CIA Director John Brennan, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and Defense Intelligence...Show More Summary

Perdue Named to Budget Conference Committee

For the first time in many years, Congress may be able to pass a budget for fiscal year 2016. This spring, the House and Senate each passed their version of a proposed budget, and now a conference committee has been named to work out the differences. Show More Summary

Top House Dem Comes Out In Opposition To Fast-Track Authority

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

Who’s Right on Student Loan Cost Estimate?

Congressional Democrats missed a golden opportunity this week. On Monday the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) published a letter to Senate Budget Committee ranking member Judd Gregg (R-NH) regarding the estimated savings of eliminating the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program and making all loans through the Direct Loan program. Show More Summary

Big Winners and Big Losers in the House and Senate Republican Budgets

"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

Joe Firestone: When Will the Senate Budget Committee Majority Ever Learn About Sector Financial Balances?

The best budget policy: Let the government deficit float and spend on programs to produce full employmen and solve our many other problems.

The budget: "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade"

The Democrats on the senate and assembly budget committee meetings this week were less confrontational than in the past toward the State Treasurer who represents Gov. Christie's interests. That was because in part the governor's revenue estimate was more realistic and several important large-ticket items crowd out other unmet needs. Show More Summary

There Are At Least Two Big Problems with the Republican Budgets

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

Kumbaya with Kevorkian

Every year at budget time, the Office of Legislative Services provides a revenue estimate to the Assembly and Senate committees. The head of OLS, Dr. David Rosen, has been excoriated by the Governor in past years for his pessimistic forecasts. Show More Summary

Bill Gates, Ben Affleck Hit Washington, Speak Up For Aid To Africa

On Thursday, Bill Gates sat side-by-side with Ben Affleck as the two testified about the importance of aid to Africa in front of the U.S. Senate appropriations committee. The newest budget might include cuts to foreign aid to try and reduce the deficit. Show More Summary

The GOP Budget: Every Tax Loophole is Sacred

Every tax loophole is sacred. That's the prime guiding principle of the budget Republicans are trying to push through the Senate. Republicans claim to be concerned with reducing the federal deficit, which their Budget Committee Chairman...Show More Summary

Maryland Senate committee approves budget plan

A budget plan by the Maryland House of Delegates, which made significant changes to Gov. Larry Hogan’s $40.7 billion budget, received bipartisan support on Thursday night.The 129-to-10 vote came just hours after the Maryland Senate Budget...Show More Summary

If We Don’t Overturn Citizens United, Congress Will Become Paid Employees of the Billionaire Class

2 months agoNews : Truthdig

By Sen. Bernie Sanders I recently introduced an amendment at the Senate Budget Committee. It was pretty simple.

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