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    Inappropriate for Appropriations Bills (and Other Bills, Too)

    This session, Congress has consistently increased criminal penalties through legislation. In what type of bills are they doing it? In appropriations bills, of course. Where else would Congress increase criminal penalties? For example, in the fiscal year (FY) 2013 Foreign Relations Authorization Act, the maximum penalties for violation of Arms … More

    House Acts Preemptively to Preserve Nuclear Force

    The House of Representatives has taken one step toward preventing the deterioration of America’s nuclear forces. It approved an amendment to the defense appropriations bill for fiscal year 2013 last Thursday that would prohibit the Obama Administration from using the funds provided in the bill to reduce the nuclear forces … More

    VIDEO: House Conservatives Answer Your Questions

    House conservatives gather this morning to take your questions about taxes, sequestration and a range of other issues facing Congress in the coming weeks and months. It’s your opportunity to be heard on Capitol Hill. Submit a question in the comments below. Conversations with Conservatives runs from 11:30 a.m. to … More

    Needless and Irresponsible Delays on Congressional Appropriations

    After weeks of decent progress in advancing the fiscal year (FY) 2013 appropriations bills—the annual spending bills that finance the operations of government agencies—the process, disappointingly, appears to be stalling. According to CQ Budget Tracker: Although both chambers will work on appropriations bills this month, Congress appears unlikely to clear … More

    Courting Disaster: Two Gaping Loopholes in the Debt Deal That Will Drive Up Spending

    Among the more egregious failings of the Budget Control Act (BCA)—the proxy fiscal plan spawned by the summer’s debt ceiling debate—are a pair of gaping loopholes allowing Congress effectively to blow through the agreement’s advertised spending limit. The Senate has already begun to exploit one of these openings. The House … More

    Appropriations Tracker: Monitoring FY 2012 Spending Bills

    The Heritage Foundation yesterday launched its fiscal year (FY) 2012 Appropriations Tracker, which monitors the progress of appropriations bills as they move through the House and Senate. The tracker will be updated regularly to reflect the most recent status of these discretionary spending bills as they progress through each chamber. … More

    Federally Funded Boulders for Nevada

    Yesterday, I wrote about the House-passed bill H.R. 2887, which would reauthorize expiring aviation and surface transportation programs for a few months. Senator Tom Coburn (R–OK) is expected to offer an amendment to remove a mandate that forces states to waste 10 percent of all Federal Highway Administration money on … More

    Morning Bell: Commander-in-Chief Turns His Back on America’s Military

    The American military is engaged in multiple conflicts and humanitarian missions around the world, yet President Obama promised to veto legislation funding the troops for the remainder of 2011.  This is a reprehensible political stunt, and it comes at the expense of our servicemen and women and the families they … More

    House Hearing: Obamacare Ties Hands of Congress to Control Funding

    Heritage Distinguished Fellow and former Congressman Ernest Istook (R–OK) recently unveiled Obamacare’s “dirty little secret”: $105 billion of advance appropriations which make it difficult for current and future Congresses to control spending on the unpopular new law. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health delved further into the problems … More

    Continuing Resolution Only Delays Federal Spending Spree

    Today, the House of Representatives passed the $32.2 billion Interior-Environment Appropriations conference report, including a continuing resolution to fund the remaining portions of the federal government at FY2009 levels until December 18th. This bill, a 17 percent increase over last years levels, represents Congress’s continued disregard for mounting federal debt … More