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    Taxpayers Would Lose Under Senate's Mortgage Plan

    Among the many provisions of the Senate Finance Committee’s stimulus package is a legislative proposal to allow states to issue as much as $10 billion in new “mortgage bonds” to raise money to refinance the mortgage loans of troubled borrowers. States are already permitted limited use of such tax exempt … More

    Keep Alternative Energy Provisions Out of Stimulus

    All eyes are on the Senate this week as politicians in both parties seek to wrap up work on an economic stimulus package. With a deal already reached between President Bush and House leaders, it’s up to the Senate to work through several additional provisions lawmakers would like added to … More

    An Unfortunate Anniversary for Yucca Mountain

    The 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act set Jan. 31, 1998 as the deadline to opening the Yucca Mountain repository for spent nuclear fuel. Today marks the 10 year anniversary of that mandate. Thanks to a hand full of myopic politicians from Nevada, few would argue that the nation is any … More

    House Members Take the Anti-Earmark Pledge

    The Club for Growth has decided to keep a running list of lawmakers who have sworn off earmarks. Just yesterday Rep. Jeb Hensarling, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, called on the House Republican leadership team, appropriators and ranking committee members to give up earmarks as part of Minority Leader … More

    RSC Chairman Pushes Members on Earmark Pledge

    Rep. Jeb Hensarling, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, tonight called on the House Republican leadership team, appropriators and ranking committee members to give up earmarks as part of Minority Leader John Boehner’s pledge to impose an earmark moratorium. Support from Hensarling gives Boehner a much-needed boost in his bid … More

    McCain Says Bush Redeemed Himself on Earmarks

    Sen. John McCain, a leading opponent of earmarking, today praised President Bush for his plan to issue an executive order cracking down on pork-barrel spending. During a conference call with bloggers, McCain said he was rejoicing at the thought of angry appropriators in Congress. “Thank God he’s doing it,” McCain … More

    What to Expect in the State of the Union

    Brian Darling previews President Bush’s final State of the Union address, noting that Iraq, free trade and taxes will be major themes of the speech. Darling also appeared on the National Association of Manufacturers’ “American Business With Mike Hambrick” to share his thoughts about the speech. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIwPLTGppis[/youtube] The White House, … More

    Anti-Earmark Actions Put the Spotlight on Pelosi

    President Bush’s decision to challenge lawmakers on earmarks comes only days after House Republicans made their own pledge to give up pork projects. At their retreat last Friday in West Virginia, House GOP leaders released a letter calling on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to issue an immediate moratorium on earmarks and … More

    Bush's Earmark Executive Order Disappoints Conservatives

    President Bush will issue an executive order tomorrow that directs federal agencies to ignore any future earmark that is not voted on by lawmakers and included in a law approved by Congress. It’s a long-overdue step by the administration to curtail earmarks, but falls short of what conservatives had hoped … More

    A Roadmap for Real Immigration Reform

    Sen. Jeff Sessions spoke at The Heritage Foundation today to outline a roadmap for presidential candidates on the issue of immigration reform. During his speech, Sessions outlined 15 questions to ask presidential candidates in order to determine their seriousness about fixing the immigration mess. Mark Krikorian has posted them at … More