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House Appropriations Committee

New York's LGBTQ Marriages, "Don't Ask" Repeal, and California's LGBTQ History Bill Herald Tipping Point

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 09.21.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Now more than never, it is imperative to remind each other, and our elected officials, that until we all have equal rights -- be it the right to marry or earn equal wages -- liberty and justice has not yet been granted.

SEC Starved By House Committee's Budget Cuts

New York Times | James B. Stewart | Posted 09.14.2011 | Business

The economy is still suffering from the worst financial crisis since the Depression, and widespread anger persists that financial institutions that ca...

GOP Congressman's Budget By 1,000 Cuts

Roll Call | Janie Lorber and Annie Shuppy | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics

When it comes to cost-saving amendments, Rep. Paul Broun can't be beat, even if he rarely wins....

Amanda Terkel

GOP Cuts Food Assistance For Low-Income Families While Protecting Azaleas

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If you're an azalea at the National Arboretum, you're in luck -- a Republican on the House Appropriations Committee is looking out for y...

Preventing Predatory Lending by For-Profit Colleges

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 08.13.2011 | Business
Rep. Mike Honda

Today, many for-profit colleges have picked up where the subprime lenders left off. They are using the same promise of the American dream as bait to trap vulnerable students into underperforming schools and saddling them with a lifetime of debt.

Through Legislative Sleight of Hand, Horse Slaughter May Resume in the US

Liz O'Connell | Posted 07.31.2011 | Green
Liz O'Connell

For years public opinion polls have confirmed that most Americans are against the slaughter of horses for human consumption. Whether or not America...

House Committee Votes To Cut Farm Subsidies

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A House committee voted Tuesday to cut farm subsidies to pay for deficit reduction and other budget priorities, chipping away at the bil...

Agricultural Policy Should Fuel Health, Not Epidemics!

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

In 2009, USDA spent more than twice as much buying meat and dairy as it did on fruits and vegetables. What that means is that the USDA used taxpayers' money to buy about $1.5 billion worth of meat and dairy.

"Gang of Five" Elite Deficit Talks Doing Disservice to Democracy

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

We need an open budget process that keeps the interests of the broad majority of Americans front and center.The Congressional Progressive Caucus' budget proposal is the only plan in Washington that truly reflects the will of the people.

Deal Reportedly Reached To Avoid Government Shutdown

ABC News | George Stephanopoulos | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics

Sources tell me that budget negotiators on Capitol Hill have tentatively agreed on a deal that would involve at least $33 billion in spending cuts fr...

War Internment Lessons: Peter King's Muslim Hearings Will Not Make America Safer

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

The King hearings do little to keep our country secure and do plenty to increase prejudice, discrimination and hate. I thought we learned a lesson or two from my internment camp experience in Colorado. I hope I am not proven wrong.

Republicans Back Off Proposal To Sell Iowa's Pollock Mural

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

"The Pollock" is safe. For now anyway. The bill proposed to force the sale of University of Iowa's Jackson Pollock painting, Mural, died on Tuesday b...

First-Person Politician: Video Game Politics and the Battle of the Budgets

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Part of a leader's job is to challenge popular illusions, not reinforce them. The fate of Democrats is sealed if they lose touch with a reality that's shared by the millions of Americans who are impoverished or jobless. For them, this isn't a game.

Republican Cuts: Disingenous, Indiscriminate and Indefensible

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

When Republicans made the federal deficit the centerpiece of their 2010 campaigns, it was a rare convergence of smart policy meeting smart politics. However, they have quickly ditched the smart policy in favor of smart politics.

Just Plain Nuts: House Republican Budget Proposals Put Forth in the Most Haphazard Manner Imaginable

Scott Lilly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Lilly

House Republican are going down a dangerous road by forgoing the standard tools of the legislative process.

Cents and Sensibility: The Economic Case Behind Immigration Reform

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

Immigration brings formidable fiscal implications. Keeping immigrants here or sending them home can save or cost taxpayers dearly.

Pushing the Private Sector to Prioritize American Jobs

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rep. Mike Honda

Policies that favor scaling up domestically, as opposed to overseas, are essential to ensuring that American ingenuity generates U.S. jobs -- not just a high Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Amanda Terkel

How A Women's Bathroom Helped John Boehner Pull Off A Capitol Land Grab

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives split its first committee, Ways and Means, into two in 1865, creating the Committee on Banking and Cur...

Hal Rogers, 'Prince Of Pork,' To Be Appointed GOP Chairman Of House Appropriations Committee

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A Kentucky congressman who has honed his skills at winning pork-barrel projects is in line to head the House committee that will spearhead the Republi...

GOP Could Pick 'Prince Of Pork' To Become Next House Appropriations Committee Chairman

ABC News | Jonathan Karl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

So, who will Republicans choose to run the committee that controls the government's purse strings? Will it be a proven deficit hawk? A fiscal conser...

Two Sides of the Same Earmark?

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By Kimberly LeonardHuffington Post Investigative Fund...

Earmark Rule Changes: Lobbyists Scrambling To Keep Money Flowing

New York Times | ERIC LICHTBLAU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Jolted by a sudden tightening of the rules, lobbyists and military contractors who have long relied on lucrative earmarks from Congress ...

Congress Orders Private Jets For Lawmakers' Travel

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Congress plans to spend $550 million to buy eight jets, a substantial upgrade to the fleet used by federal officials at a time when lawmakers have cri...

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.