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Appropriations Committee

The Danger From Appropriations Riders

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

This spring, the greatest threat to the American people on the legislative calendar likely will come from appropriations -- the process for funding our government -- and the danger may be greater than it has been in previous years.

Evidence at Risk in House Spending Bill

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.25.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

I can't speak for all of the affected programs, but I do want to address what some of these proposed cuts could do. In a word, they would devastate the movement toward evidence as a basis for policy and practice in education.

Congressional Research Service: Yes, Congress Can Defund Obama's Immigration Action

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics

The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service says that Congress does have the ability to defund President Barack Obama's executive action on immigra...

House Republicans Urge Two-Year Budget Deal

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Top Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee on Monday urged budget negotiators to agree on spending levels ...

Zach Carter

House GOP Keeps Defunding Group That's Been Gone For 3 Years | Zach Carter | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When House GOP leaders abruptly shelved a bill to fund standard federal transportation and housing programs last Wednesday, one of the l...

Eliminate the Budget Committees

Sean Q. Kelly, Ph.D. | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Sean Q. Kelly, Ph.D.

Rather than an exercise in policy-making, the congressional budget process has metamorphosed into political theater.

Zach Carter

Torched: Committee Staff Disputes Whereabouts Of Bill Young's Gift Torch | Zach Carter | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With less than one month remaining before the 2012 elections, one of the strangest ethics imbroglios of the year remains unresolved: Tor...

Republicans Throw Conservation to Curb, Eviscerate EPA, and Pump Pollutants Into America's Air, Water and Land

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

The House Interior Appropriations Bill undermines clean water protections, undermines standards on toxic coal ash disposal, pushes aside Clean Air Act permitting processes for drilling off of Alaska's coast, and blocks the listing of endangered species.

Republican Bill in Congress Increasing Nation's Dependency on Coal, Oil and Gas Interests

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

We need to aggressively pursue clean energy while we still have control of the game, before it is too late and our climate has changed forever, we are running out of oil, and we are running out of time. Silicon Valley is ready to lead.

Blackwater and the $78.5 Million Olly Olly Oxen Free Contract

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

'Olly olly oxen free' is a catchphrase used in such children's games as hide and seek to indicate that players who are hiding can come out into the op...

New GOP Team: Is There a Moderate in the House?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Speaker-in-Waiting John Boehner's team has already announced its picks for the new committee chairmen -- a step that was immediately followed by the requisite sniping from across the aisle.

Coveted Committee Assignments Carry Risks In Anti-Incumbent Year

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The behind-the-scenes jockeying this month for a spot on the House's most coveted committee was intense. But the spoils of power aren't what they used...

Rep. Fattah's Mandate for Health Care Reform Was the 2008 Election, Not Massachusetts

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

The day following the Massachusetts special election, Fattah spoke with me about the necessity for Democrats to push forward with the mandate he believes Obama received a year ago.

Educational Crisis Faces Minority Males

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

If the current trajectory continues, especially among men of color, the overall education level of the overall American workforce will slowly but steadily decline.

Murthaville: Just Down the Road from Backscratch, Pa.

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Welcome to Murthaville, home to the John Murtha Institute for Applied Generosity and the John Murtha Attack Submarine Test Facility and Senior Center.

If It Squeals Like Pork...

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

You can always use an extra transport plane -- that's the way I figured it. I knew just where to find one, too. I called Congress.