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No Omnibus in the Lame Duck

The September 28th House “debates” over a last-minute continuing resolution to fund the federal government until December 9 (after the November election) were again misleading. They mislead Americans as to the House’s true  power over the purse — IF it had the will to use it. In The Federalist,...
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by Tom Gow | October 29, 2016 | No Comments

A Troubling Example

Many Americans wonder why our federal government keeps working against our interests and how it can be brought under control. An important step in the solution is to understand what Washington is doing — no easy task, as we shall see. The “Electrify Africa” act is a prime example...
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by Tom Gow | September 24, 2016 | No Comments

The Power of the Purse

“Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said Congress has a duty to decide how money should be spent and can’t see how Obama would be able to say Republicans were shutting down the government when they were offering to fund all of it except for Planned Parenthood.” — Roll Call (9-10-15)...
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by Tom Gow | September 16, 2015 | No Comments

Sleeping Off National Debt

Every time the subjects of quantitative easing, debauching currency, and gross domestic product enter a conversation, most Americans’ eyes seem to get a sleepy haze over them as they check-out of the conversation. “Don’t think about it. It’ll just get you upset.” In other words,“I’m taking an Ambien. Wake...
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59 Conservative Republicans Buck Party Leadership

Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 H.R. 1473 Roll Call 268 Final Results. FFS: On Friday April 8th, House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and President Barak Obama worked out a compromise agreement on appropriations for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011. The last-minute...
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by Staff | June 16, 2011 | No Comments

54 Conservative Republicans Buck Party Leadership

H.J. Res. 48, Roll Call 179 In mid-March, 54 House Republicans rebuffed their party leadership and refused to support another continuing resolution (the sixth this year funding FY 2011) that included only minor spending cuts and no policy riders. Although the CR passed the House, 271 to 158 (see...
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by Tom Gow | | No Comments

House Alone Can Curb Government

“GOP likely to impede EPA efforts” — CQ staff, Congress.org, 1-3-2011 FFS: Informative article examines some precedents for the House to use its enormous leverage to block programs through appropriation bills. But the article only suggests part of the power held by the House (see, e.g., James Madison, Federalist...
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by Staff | January 29, 2011 | No Comments

Congress: Just Vote the Constitution!

“e are going to put an end to the notion that the American taxpayer exists to fund the Federal Government.” — presidential candidate Ronald Reagan, July 1980 Several decades ago, one committed constitutionalist in Congress insisted that two groups were to blame for the huge federal deficits — Republicans and...
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by Tom Gow | January 24, 2011 | No Comments

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