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    Cloakroom: September 29 – October 5

    House Cloakroom Analysis: On Saturday, the House did its part to take a government shutdown off the table by passing a bill that funded the government while delaying the implementation of Obamacare for one year. This week’s schedule is fluid as the House will wait for the Senate to act … More

    Top 2 Myths About Defunding Obamacare

    Is it even possible to defund Obamacare? And does advocating this mean you want to shut down the government? Critics are giving the wrong answers to these questions. Watch our new video to hear these myths debunked. Myth #1: Congress cannot defund Obamacare. Congress defunds mandatory spending on appropriations bills … More

    Defunding COPS: Eliminating a Wasteful and Ineffective Grant Program

    The House of Representatives Appropriations Committee marked up the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2014 last week. While the bill still allocates too much funding for activities that are duplicative or inappropriate for the federal government to undertake, the committee did get something right: … More

    Cloakroom: Going for Broke on Amnesty

    Senate Cloakroom: June 24–28 Analysis: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is looking to make good on his promise to pass an amnesty bill through the Senate before the chamber adjourns for its week-long Fourth of July recess. On Monday at 5:30 p.m., the chamber is expected to vote on … More

    House Appropriations Plan Delivers Sequestration Cuts and Protects Defense

    In a refreshing break from tradition, the House Appropriations Committee approved a $967 billion discretionary spending plan that would stay within the fiscal year 2014 sequestration spending levels. The measure would protect defense from further cuts and instead deliver the total savings through reductions to domestic discretionary programs. It was … More

    A Spend-More, Tax-More, and Borrow-More Budget Would Hurt, Not Help

    Congress needs to drive down federal spending toward a balanced budget, including through entitlement reforms, while maintaining a strong national defense and without raising taxes. Neither the House of Representatives nor the Senate achieved that objective when they adopted their respective versions of the government budget for fiscal year 2014 … More

    Heritage Experts' Reaction to Senate Continuing Resolution

    The massive spending bill, or continuing resolution, released by the Senate this week continues spending on programs which are inappropriate or wasteful and fails to adopt good policies in many areas. Here’s a rundown of some of the worst offenders in the Senate bill: Obamacare. The CR fails to stop … More

    Cloakroom: Battle of the Budgets, Round 1

    House Cloakroom: March 11 – March 15 Analysis:  This week House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) will release his 2014 budget resolution for markup in committee. The Ryan budget is expected offer a path to balance in 10 years and include a full repeal of Obamacare as well as a … More

    Cloakroom: The Sequester and Hagel Nomination

    House Cloakroom: February 25 – March 1 Analysis: Sequester week begins in Washington! The House returns from a recess week to take up the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization. The Senate has passed a flawed reauthorization bill. The Senate version contains an unconstitutional expansion of tribal sovereignty, not to mention … More

    FY 2013 Appropriations Tracker Update: Continuing Resolution Spends Even More

    Members of Congress left plenty of unfinished business as they hustled out of town last weekend, but they did manage to boost spending through another half-baked legislative measure. The fiscal year (FY) 2013 Continuing Resolution (CR), H.J. Res.117, now on the way to the President’s desk, funds the federal government … More