A Look at the Cuts in the New, Leaner 2011 Budget

By: Tuesday April 12, 2011 6:35 am

The House Appropriations Committee released the final 2011 continuing resolution text, which reflects the agreement between Congressional leaders and the President. You can view a summary of the CR and the list of final program cuts. Or, if you’re daring, you can read the full text. First of all, there’s a 0.2% across-the-board cut to [...]

Some Thoughts on Deficit Mania

By: Wednesday February 16, 2011 1:57 pm

Deficit hysteria has really been years in the making, but it only really ever comes to the fore when there’s a Democrat in the White House, as a corrective to the slightest thought of progressive governance. Therefore, it feels like the national conversation has skipped over the WHY of deficit reduction and moved forward right [...]

House Cuts Funding for Defense Project in Boehner’s District

By: Wednesday February 16, 2011 11:05 am

By a vote of 233-198, the House of Representatives just voted to cut funding for the alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The F-35 already has an engine, one that apparently works, and the Pentagon said they had no need for a second one. Yet the alternate engine funding kept popping up in [...]

Senate to Take Up Defense Authorization Bill with DADT Legislative Repeal

By: Tuesday September 14, 2010 6:15 am

The LGBT community raised a great deal of concern that Congress would adjourn for the year without passing the defense authorization bill. While that would be an unusual occurrence in any year, because a signature gay rights initiative – the legislative repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy – was attached to the [...]

F-35 Engine Fight Hovers Over Defense Bills

By: Tuesday July 27, 2010 8:50 am

For close to the last year, we’ve heard numerous House Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats talking about deficit reduction, how the budget is on an unsustainable course and something must be done to reduce this burden on our children and grandchildren, through “shared sacrifice,” which usually means something like how the poor and the elderly [...]

Gates Wants Veto Of Defense Bill Unless Spending Projects Trimmed

By: Friday May 21, 2010 12:19 pm

This is pretty much the same confrontation as last year. The Pentagon calls for getting rid of some useless weapons systems, Congress resists, and Bob Gates calls for a veto. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he will urge President Barack Obama to veto a coming $726 billion defense authorization bill if it contains funding [...]

Defense Spending Cuts Face Likely Congressional Override

By: Monday May 17, 2010 9:18 am

The lesson of Congress in the modern age is that it’s much harder to eliminate a program than it is to enact one. Every program has a champion somewhere on Capitol Hill, and it probably only needs one to be saved – but 218 and 60 to be put into motion. A case in point: [...]

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