Archive for 2010

Stop-Gap Budget

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) Sunday night unveiled a stop-gap budget plan designed to keep the government running until March 4.  If you want to read the bill – here it is….

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Congress & Christmas

Earlier this month, some of my more junior colleagues in the Press Gallery ridiculed me when I predicted that Congress would be in session until almost Christmas.  What a bunch of rookies….

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A Different Omnibus

Last week, an Omnibus Budget bill died in the Senate.  It was not the end of efforts by Democrats to put together wide-ranging legislation, as they unveiled a new Omnibus dealing with public lands bills….

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Year-End Budget Deal

Senate leaders have struck a final agreement on a short term budget, which will keep the federal government running through March 4, 2011.  …

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Food Safety Bill Lives

A major food safety bill that had almost been given up for dead was suddenly revived in the Senate late on Sunday evening, and may be ready for House approval as early as Tuesday….

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Origins Of Pork

I was asked the other day when earmarks started in our current form of government.  I said it was probably very early in the history of this Republic.  It was a good guess….

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No Tax Increase

For awhile, it looked like the Obama-GOP tax deal was going off the rails in the House on Thursday, but Democrats righted the ship as lawmakers joined to send that bill on to President Obama….

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The Omnibus Dies

Two days after unveiling a 1,924 page earmark-filled Omnibus Budget plan, Democrats last night pulled the plug on the massive budget bill, sparking an hour of bitter exchanges on the Senate floor….

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How Much Stimulus?

We have heard a lot in recent days about how the Obama-GOP tax deal will help stimulate economic growth and create new jobs in the U.S. Economy.  But will it really?…

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More Omnibus Earmarks

Oh, there is nothing like lifting the curtain in Congress, because it can spur all kinds of reaction from voters.  That was proven again yesterday on anything related to Rep. Ron Paul of Texas….

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