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GOP v EPA

8:09 pm Feb. 21, 2011

One of fascinating parts about last week’s work in the House on budget cuts was the level of political energy directed by Republicans at the Environmental Protection Administration.Along with making a cut of $1.6 billion in the EPA’s budget, the GOP spending plan had a number of amendments that would …

The Republican 92

6:48 pm Feb. 21, 2011

One of the most interesting votes last week in the House on GOP budget cutting plans was when more conservative Republicans pushed $22 billion in extra cuts – and 92 GOP lawmakers voted against that plan.It was yet another reminder in the halls of Congress that lots of people talk …

House Approves Cuts

4:54 am Feb. 19, 2011

After four straight days of debate that took them past midnight each night, lawmakers in the House voted just before 5 am on Saturday morning to approve a temporary budget for the federal government, making close to $61.5 billion in cutbacks. “We have a mandate from the American people to …

House Budget Update

4:38 pm Feb. 18, 2011

Friday brought another interesting flurry of votes and debate as the Republican-led House closed in on final approval of a package of $61 billion in budget cuts. Most of the news today was not about actual budget cuts, but instead policy restrictions on how federal dollars can be spent by …

Government Shutdown Politics

4:21 am Feb. 18, 2011

While it’s not time yet to start thinking about a possible government shutdown, both parties have clearly started to maneuver for public relations advantage on this issue, which will hit home in coming weeks. First, let’s lay out what I’m talking about here.Right now, the federal government is operating under …

More Than Cutbacks

4:11 am Feb. 18, 2011

As the House worked through the night on Thursday night, a mid-year budget cutting bill became more of a policy exercise, as Republicans struck back at the Obama Administration. In a flurry of votes around dinner time, the House first voted to block the Federal Communications Commission from enforcing its …

House GOP Cuts

12:11 am Feb. 17, 2011

The House is expected to give approval to a package of Republican budget cuts late today, as GOP lawmakers follow through on their pledge to make immediate cuts in the federal budget. “The American citizen, whether they be Democrat or Republican knows that the federal government has gotten too large,” …

The Clerk Will Read II

11:54 pm Feb. 16, 2011

The House floor featured something on Wednesday that we have not seen much of in recent years, amendments to a bill by the minority party, amendments which were actually approved in a bipartisan vote. “It’s amazing to see some of the Democratic amendments win, some of them lose; some of …

More Budget Amendments

9:30 am Feb. 16, 2011

Another 180 amendments were filed on Tuesday to the GOP budget cutting bill in the House, bringing the total to 583.  Here is the latest batch:  AMENDMENTS — (House of Representatives – February 15, 2011)[Page: H924]—   Under clause 8 of rule XVIII, proposed amendments were submitted as follows:H.R. 1   Offered …

Budget Cut Scorecard

10:22 pm Feb. 15, 2011

The House on Tuesday defeated the first four amendments to a $60.8 billion GOP budget cutting bill, as lawmakers set up a showdown today over cuts to a major military project. “This budget is not sustainable,” said Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH), who said Republicans need to start the process of …