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    Congress Passes Trillion-Dollar Spending Bill

    Rather than haggle into the weekend, Senate Democrats and Republicans tonight agreed 72-26 to cut off debate and adopt a $1 trillion spending bill to keep the federal government running for the next eight months. The House having voted to adopt the omnibus spending bill a day earlier, Congress has … More

    House Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year. The 1,582-page bill was released late Monday night, giving lawmakers less than two days to read it. The bill passed 359 to 67. It will … More

    Harming Children: Continued Funding for the 21st Century Learning Centers

    Congress has a clear justification, based upon rigorous scientific evidence that the Department of Education’s 21st Century Learning Centers harms children, for ending the program. Despite this finding, Congress appears intent on continuing the program. Compared to the 2013 continuing resolution funding level of $1.173 billion, the omnibus spending bill … More

    The $1 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill Is Out: Now Find Out What's In It

    Late yesterday, Washington lawmakers dropped a massive, 1,582-page spending bill that will fund the entire government for fiscal year 2014. Known as the omnibus spending bill, the gigantic legislative text works off a budget deal that set spending at $1.012 trillion—$45 billion more than previous spending caps that were agreed … More

    No More Spending Cuts to Make? Heritage Expert Says There Are Plenty

    Congress is close to releasing a massive spending bill to fund the federal government, and Heritage budget expert Romina Boccia says there is plenty of waste to cut. Speaking on Fox Business Network’s Cavuto, Boccia listed the top 10 examples of government waste for 2013. Asked why she picked examples … More

    Congress Spent Your Money on Some Crazy Things Last Year. Will 2014 Be Any Different?

    Can you guess which project was funded with your tax dollars? A) $98,000 outhouse on an Alaskan trail B) $1 million bus stop with heated pavement C) Caribbean vacation for bureaucrats staying at a swanky resort D) All of the above If you answered “all of the above,” you’ve either … More

    What to Expect from the Trillion-Dollar Omnibus

    Lawmakers in charge of funding the government with taxpayer dollars are getting closer every day to finishing their work on the trillion-dollar-plus fiscal year 2014 omnibus spending bill. If the spending bills drafted in 2013 are any indication, this year’s version will be loaded with pork projects and government programs … More

    Uncertainty Results in D.C. School Voucher Enrollment Downturn

    Policy has real-life consequences—a fact that has been especially true for schoolchildren in Washington, D.C. For low-income schoolchildren in the nation’s capital, the Obama Administration’s opposition to school choice is taking its toll. In 2009, the future of the highly successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) was uncertain. Due in … More

    UPDATED - NEW VIDEO: Pork-filled Spending Bill Just More of the Same

    Update – 9:00PM: Earlier this evening, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) decided against proceeding with the omnibus bill, promising instead to pursue a short-term continuing resolution. As we reported this week, Congress is considering a new $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. This 2,000 page monster is the result of a refusal … More

    Pork Chalks Up Two More Victories

    Yet another controversy involving Congressional earmarks is brewing in Washington. This time around a lobbying firm, the PMA group (raided by the FBI in November), is accused of making fraudulent donations to members of Congress in exchange for federal pork directed toward their clients. Given mounting news reports of scandal … More