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Senate Intelligence Committee Kicks Off Budget Season

3 days agoNews : 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

4 weeks agoNews : Truthdig

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

Sunday Update- Budget-Policy; Ag Economy; and, Regulations

Budget- Policy Issues An update on Friday at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) Blog stated that, “This week the House and Senate Budget Committees each passed their Fiscal Year 2016 budget resolutions on party line votes. “Each Committee’s resolution will now go to the floor of the House and Senate for consideration. This will likely […]

Sanders to Senate: If We Don't Overturn Citizens United, the Congress Will Become Paid Employees of the Billionaire Class

I recently introduced an amendment at the Senate Budget Committee. It was pretty simple. It asked my Senate colleagues to begin the process of overturning the disastrous Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United, and to bring transparency and disclosure to the political process. Show More Summary

Social Security Reversal In Md. Senate Race: Six Lessons For Dems

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, is running for the Senate seat currently occupied by Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski. He is also running from his record – as a supporter of the “Simpson-Bowles”...Show More Summary

Senate Republicans Attack Obama's Most Popular Achievement In Their First Budget Session

4 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- In just their first legislative session since taking control of the Senate, Republicans on the Budget Committee pushed through a Wall Street-supported amendment attacking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The amendment, offered by Sens. Show More Summary

Social Security Reversal in MD Senate Race: Six Key Lessons For Democrats

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, is running for the Senate seat currently occupied by Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski. He is also running from his record - as a supporter of the "Simpson Bowles"...Show More Summary

Senate Budget Committee Dems All Vote To Give Tax Credits To Illegals

Things that are Vastly Important To Democrats (Breitbart) Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee unanimously voted against preventing illegal immigrants from obtaining tax credits Thursday during the mark up of

Republicans Vote To Hide Costs Of Repealing Obamacare In Budget

last monthNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee voted Thursday to shield attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act from objections that it would add to the government's budget deficit. The budget resolution for 2016 includes...Show More Summary

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