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Congress Tackles Budget as Surfrider Priorities Hang in the Balance

The Appropriations Committees in both the House and Senate are starting to pass their spending bills for next year's FY2017 budget cycle. It's been a mixed bag so far.

Assembly, Senate move state budget plans to conference committee

California politics updates: Signatures being checked on November propositions, no Sanders spotlight for Tommy Chong May 26, 2016, 10:57 a.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California politics and government news. Here's what we're watching: We're covering Donald Trump's Anaheim...

Lawmakers block effort to make child death records secret

A state Senate budget committee on Thursday blocked an effort by Gov. Jerry Brown's administration 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. California Department of Social Services...

Trump is not as irresponsible as Sanders, but he’s close

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget has revised its current estimate of the spending blitz envisioned by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) based on new analysis: Senator Sanders’s proposals would add almost $19 trillion to the debt. As a share of the economy, debt under these policies would grow from roughly 75 percent of Gross […]

'Make More War': The Corporate Engine Behind US Foreign Policy

As the US Senate Armed Services Committee considers the 2017 Pentagon budget, political analyst Eric Draitser joins Radio Sputnik to discuss the ever-growing military-industrial complex.

Idea to Close Senate Budget Committee Shows How Broken Budget Process Is

Linda Killian says Senate Budget chairman Mike Enzi's idea to eliminate his own committee shows how broken Congress's budget process has become.

Rick Perlstein On Trump; What Everyone Gets Wrong About Independents

This week, Stan Collender, AKA The Budget Guy, recalls his experience going up to Capitol Hill to give the Senate Budget committee a piece of his mind. Then we'll speak with Rick Perlstein, who's devoted a career to studying the American...Show More Summary

Brazil President Rousseff a Step Closer to Removal

2 months agoNews : Newsweek: US

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A Senate committee recommended on Friday that Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff be put on trial by the full chamber for breaking budget laws, moving a step closer to the likely suspension of the leftist leader from...Show More Summary

Why Did The Senate Budget Committee Try To Discredit Me?

Just as I was beginning to testify before the Senate Budget Committee last Wednesday (my written statement is here), the committee staff handed out a one-page "FACTS Stan Collender GETS WRONG" (all caps were in the original) sheet to the handful of reporters in the room. I was flattered. The committee [...]

Bill to transfer AZGS is being heard in the Senate today

The Senate Appropriations Committee is meeting now to hear the dozen or so budget bills, including SB1530, Agency Consolidation, which transfers the duties of the Arizona Geological Survey to the University of Arizona. The hearing is...Show More Summary

Senate Budget Committee Makes A New Marx Brothers Movie

I'm testifying this morning before the Senate Budget Committee, which is holding a ridiculous hearing on how to change the congressional budget process. This will be the federal budget equivalent of the classic Groucho Marx line that he would never join a club that would accept him as a member. [...]

Spending bills advancing despite budget impasse

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as Congress is blowing its deadline to produce a budget, a once-dominant Senate committee is trying to reassert itself and move ahead on 12 annual spending bills that for years have been offered as a take-it-or-leave-it bundle.

Brazil congressional report favors impeaching President Rousseff

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff moved closer to impeachment when the rapporteur of a Congressional committee said on Wednesday there were grounds for the Senate putting her on trial for manipulating budget accounts in 2014 to boost her reelection prospects.

Mandatory Budget Cuts Pose 'Greatest Strategic Risk' to DoS - Carter

The return of mandatory budget cuts, which are also known as sequestration, is the greatest source of insecurity for the Department of Defense, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursd...

Senate Republicans join Paul Ryan's House in failing on budget process

4 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

House Speaker Paul Ryan is failing spectacularly at the one thing a former Budget Committee chair should be able to do: crafting a budget. But he's in good company, because the Senate Republicans are failing, too, and they don't even have the excuse of a bunch of maniacs holding things up. With the budget stalled in the House, Senator Michael B. Show More Summary

Budget Chaos, Tax Breaks, Loopholes, and Incentives

Senate Republicans are delaying their budget. Facing fiscal chaos in the House, Senate Budget Committee Chair Mike Enzi announced yesterday that his panel will hold off on its budget work at least until April. Meanwhile, Democratic senators...Show More Summary

Seeing Slim Chance of Accord, Senate Republicans Table Budget Discussions

With the budget stalled in the House, Senator Michael B. Enzi, the Wyoming Republican who leads the Budget Committee, announced on Monday that his panel would be putting off any action on a budget for at least this month and probably beyond.

Secretary Kerry Testifies on State Department FY 2017 Budget Request

Today, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the State Departments FY2017 budget.

Few immigrant children deported in last 4 years

The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's removal operations, Thomas Homan, told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that 7,643 immigrants who arrived as children were sent home between the 2012 and 2015 budget years. Federal...Show More Summary

Voodoo economics, then and now

Here’s me, back about 13 months ago: I’d also love to know what Keynesians think of the Dems having a socialist as their lead member on the Senate Budget Committee, who then appoints a MMTer to be chief economist.  And Krugman says the GOP relies on voodoo economics! Of course my liberals readers have been outraged […]

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