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Transportation Spending Hits Bumps

For a long time, transportation spending has been a matter of bi-partisan agreement—both parties saw it as a way to bring home the bacon. But the smooth road that transportation bills normally enjoy is starting to see some potholes. Yesterday, the New York Times wrote up how a Republican transportation spending bill in the House [...]

What’s up with H.R. 2847?

H.R. 2847 started its life as the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Act. That’s one of the big annual spending bills we talked about in this recent post. Congress didn’t pass the bill. The substance of it became law in the Consolidated Appropriations Act. Now Congress, in its infinite wisdom, is using that bill as a [...]

Passed Friday Evening: $500 per U.S. Family in Spending

Late Friday, Congress passed H.R. 7110, a bill to make supplemental appropriations for job creation and preservation, infrastructure investment, and economic and energy assistance for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009. The bill costs something over $500 per U.S. family, and it spends money on highway construction, unemployment benefits, Medicaid, and food stamps. I [...]

“Coburn Omnibus” Cost Estimate: $70 per U.S. Family

The Congressional Budget Office came out with a cost estimate today for S. 3297, the Advancing America’s Priorities Act, which has also been called the “Coburn Omnibus.” It combines 36 pieces of federal legislation into one. Yesterday, adding up all the pieces of the Coburn Omnibus, we came up with about $65 per U.S. family. [...]

The “Coburn Omnibus” – 36 Bills in One!

Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma didn’t come to Washington, D.C. to grow the government. A long time critic of federal spending and power, he has made prolific use of “holds” to prevent legislation he doesn’t like from moving forward. Now Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has reached his wit’s end. He has cobbled [...]