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Cruel Summer: The War on Wildlife Continues in Appropriations Bills

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 07.12.2016 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

Summer is finally here, but for those of us who fight to protect our nation's wildlife and natural heritage, this summer has been anything but restful...

House Panel Votes To Keep Congressional Reports Private

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics

In a blow to congressional transparency, the House Appropriations Committee voted against publicly releasing highly informative, taxpayer-funded repor...

This Quirky Congressional Rule Change Could Slash Entitlement Spending

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics

It sounds like another meaningless, wonky rule change from a Congress relegated to renaming post offices. But a conservative proposal to alter how the...

Paul Ryan May Already Be Changing His Mind (On The Budget)

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics

If you were looking for proof that Speaker Paul Ryan can sometimes back down from a promise, look no further than the budget. With GOP leadership now ...

House Conservatives Are Trying To Kill The Lame-Duck Session

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House Freedom Caucus has already changed the direction of Congress this year, derailing -- at least temporarily -- a House GOP budge...

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.

Repeal of Federal Ban on Needle Exchange: Necessary But Not Sufficient

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

In 1988, Congress passed an omnibus bill that included a federal funding ban on needle exchange programs. This ban continued despite scientific report...

Republicans Expect To Pass All 12 Spending Bills, Don't Ask If Santa Claus Is Real.

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics

BALTIMORE -- House and Senate Republicans came here for their annual retreat to get on the same page, catch a few panel discussions and celebrate thei...

Rackets Science: Obomnibus II, or The Influence Peddlers Protection Act of 2015 (Pt. 2)

Rob Hager | Posted 01.09.2017 | Politics
Rob Hager

Obama's presidency has made government far more corrupt. Obama wipes away a tear for the child victims of gun violence at a press conference, but he ...

Rackets Science: Obama's Omnibus, or the Influence Peddlers Protection Act of 2015 (Pt 1)

Rob Hager | Posted 01.07.2017 | Politics
Rob Hager

Political scientists need a new sub-specialty to describe the end-of-year extravaganzas that influence peddlers and special interests have combined to make a Capital Christmas tradition: the racket of wholesale plundering of the government's treasury. Paraphrasing Willie Sutton, that's where the (tax-farmed and public-debt) money is.

House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 12.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a vote that might have said more about the internal divisions of the parties than the House itself, Republicans and Democrats came to...

Congress Ready To Pass Massive Spending Bill That Nobody Especially Likes

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It took days of closed-door talks, but Congress finally did it: It came up with a massive, $1.1 trillion bill to keep the government fun...

Goodwill Towards Wildlife Is Lacking In Congress

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 12.08.2016 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

It's time for Congress to stop slipping destructive anti-wildlife amendments into the appropriations bill, to do their jobs and fund the government. Let's ring in the New Year with a clean Omnibus Spending Bill, and a thriving wildlife heritage for future generations.

The Truth About Paul Ryan's First Big Test™

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

As a Dec. 11 government funding deadline draws near, Republicans and Democrats are watching closely to see how Speaker Paul Ryan handles what is bille...

Friends of Polluters Rack Up More Dirty Votes

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 08.11.2016 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

While the bill has been pulled from the floor for now, you can bet the Dirty Air Villain leadership is already on the lookout for their next opportunity to enact the Big Polluter Agenda.

10 Reasons Congress Should Stop Playing Politics With Science and Our Health

Alison Hard | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Alison Hard

Placing industry concerns above children's health, this Congress is undermining the 2010 bi-partisan Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act by proposing to roll back updated standards for the nutritional content of school meals.

Michael McAuliff

Paul Ryan Says Government Won't Shut Down Because Republicans Are In Control

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is confident there will be no government shutdown this fall because Republicans are in charge on Capitol Hill, h...

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.

Jessica Schulberg

Congressman Hints He Wants To Prohibit Funding For Ground Troops in Iraq

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) indicated on Thursday that he may move to prevent President Barack Obama from deploying U.S. ground troop...

Congress, Week 2: Do You Know What They're Working on?

Rachna Choudhry | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Rachna Choudhry

It's the 114th Congress's second week in session -- but it's going to be a short one. The Republicans will be holding their joint retreat at the Hershey Lodge in Pennsylvania the rest of the week. Here's the scoop on what Congress will be working on.

Zach Carter

Congress Is Obsessed With A Meaningless Porn Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress was on the verge of another big mess in early March of 2013. After months of posturing and negotiating, a self-inflicted shutdo...

Welcome Back, Congress! Here Are 15 Issues Awaiting Your Return

Rachna Choudhry | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Rachna Choudhry

Here are 15 issues on their agenda. On your mark, get set, go!

Time for Congress to Join President Obama in Continuing America's Conservation Legacy

Gene Karpinski | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green
Gene Karpinski

In the end, we're still faced with a problem: the President can't do it all. He can't re-authorize the LWCF nor can he appropriate it the money it deserves. We need Congress to act on LWCF and pass the dozens of currently-stalled conservation bills.

It's August Recess! Now What?

Rachna Choudhry | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Rachna Choudhry

Congress adjourned for a five-week August recess -- and will return on Sept. 8. Here's a look at five issues still on the table for when Congress returns. Mark your calendars!

'Bye Sierra': A Slightly Angry Queer Response to the Sierra Mannie Controversy

Anthony Michael D'Agostino | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Anthony Michael D'Agostino

Don't get me wrong, Sierra: Appropriation does happen, but gay men didn't steal "your" shit. They helped draw, color, sew, produce and conceive of it in the first place. So when you see white gay men emulating black women, you should be aware that part of what they are responding to is the expression of gay, queer and feminine men.