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Meals On Wheels Says It's Happy With Budget Deal

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The budget Congress just passed restores funding that was cut away last year from nutrition assistance for poor senior citizens. The ...

Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

BY ANDREW TAYLOR, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill Thurs...

Kate Sheppard

Spending Bill Protects Inefficient Light Bulbs And Money For Coal Abroad | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The omnibus appropriations bill that House and Senate leadership announced Monday evening would block the Department of Energy from impl...

Senate Passes $1 Trillion Budget Bill

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Saturday to temporarily avert a Jan. 1 payroll tax increase and benefit cutoff for the long-time unemployed, forci...

Michael McAuliff

Dems See Big Wins In Disinfected Government Spending Bill | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics

UPDATE - House Republicans are threatening to reject the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance extension deal approved by the Senate, according t...

Howard Fineman

Tea Time: New Era Of Leadership Begins With Blocked Spending Bill | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The new, more Republican Congress won't arrive in town until next month, but the Tea Party Era unofficially began on the Hill Thursday n...

Sam Stein

Harry Reid Pulls Omnibus, But Announces Votes On DADT & DREAM Act | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Faced with the prospects of having to literally read the full 1924 pages of an omnibus spending bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ...

72 Hours for Defense Appropriations Bill

Jake Brewer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Brewer

While debt limit and health care reform provisions are at least being discussed in the media, it is the laws we can't see, that have never been debated in the open, that are the most dangerous threat.

Spending Bill Has $4 Billion In Pork

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Just weeks before returning to their districts for Christmas, Congress is poised to give the gift of pork - roughly $4 billion of it. More than 5,000...

Bachmann Admits She Took Earmarks After Claiming Otherwise

Minnesota Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Just days after saying she had requested zero earmarks for her district, Rep. Michele Bachmann admitted to Fox News' Brian Wilson that she had indeed ...

Enough Hand-Wringing Over Cuba

Jake Colvin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jake Colvin

The changes to Cuba policy in the omnibus bill are small but important. Congress has shown a willingness to ease provisions of the embargo and forge a path forward for future changes.

Palin: More Earmark Hypocrisy

Mother Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On the campaign trail last year, Alaska's Republican governor, Sarah Palin, sold herself as a crusading reformer who despised earmarks--those federal ...

Obama Earmark Reform Remarks (FULL TEXT)

AP/MSNBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama plans to sign a massive spending bill to keep the federal government running, even though it is stashed with the very kinds of ...

Congress Caves To Contractors On Online Stimulus Transparency

Washington Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Internet junkies and wonks alike may have jumped the gun in looking forward to the new online transparency hyped by House members who vowed to put con...

Pssst, They're Stealing from You. Again.

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Despite our president's pledge to ban all earmarks, the Omnibus spending bill is loaded with ridiculous, wasteful projects that have absolutely nothing to do with keeping the federal government operating.

Obama Issues Signing Statement On Spending Package

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, sounding weary of criticism over federal earmarks, defended Congress' pet projects Wednesday as he signed a...

Menendez Drops Omnibus Opposition

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) pushed back strongly Tuesday against criticism from the left over his initial opposition to the $410 billion omnibus spe...

Inside The Senate Omnibus Disaster: Reid Reportedly "Beside Himself"

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Passage of the $410 billion, leftover-from-last-year omnibus spending bill was supposed to be a perfunctory, pro forma task. Instead, it's become a co...

Vitter Slams 'Bloated' Omnibus While Benefiting From $249 Million In Earmarks

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republicans like Sens. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-AZ), have been attacking the $410 billion omnibus spending bill, claiming that it has too ...

Democrats Stung By Dissenters

Washington Post | Shailagh Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democratic leaders in Congress did not expect much Republican support as they pressed President Obama's ambitious legislative agenda. But the pushback...

Pelosi, Senate Dems In "Ugly" Swearing Match Over Omnibus

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

After an angry, swearing late night meeting among top Democrats, Congress voted Friday to give itself another five days to try to complete a long-over...

Senate Dems May Punish Bayh, Feingold For Omnibus Opposition

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Democrats are debating whether Sens. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) and Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) should be punished for opposing a $410 billion omnibus. Som...

Boehner Rush Limbaugh Op-Ed: It's A Dem Conspiracy

Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Minority Leader John Boehner has responded to the ongoing deification of radio host Rush Limbaugh in a Washington Post op-ed Thursday. Boehner ...

Vitter Champions Family Values In Omnibus Debate

Talking Points Memo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), whose career became mired in the D.C. Madam prostitution scandal back in 2007, and is now headed into his 2010 re-election c...

Senate Rejects McCain In Bipartisan Fashion

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The bottom line of this story is that nine out of forty-one Republican senators just broke ranks with their party and voted to strip a McCain amendment from a budget bill.