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    It's Good to Be the Budget Chairman: Patty Murray's Omni-BUS Carve-Out

    At least one special favor is hiding deep in the omnibus—giving one county’s government-subsidized transit system the advantage over private transportation. Buried on page 1,460 of the fiscal year (FY) 2014 omnibus spending bill that the House just passed is a carve-out that shields just one federally subsidized transit system … 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

    The Ryan–Murray Budget Deal: Unnecessary Pain for Americans

    The controversial budget deal reached by Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D–WA) has been criticized by experts on both sides of the issue for delaying needed budget reforms. Romina Boccia, Heritage’s Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs, discussed the deal with Obama’s car czar Steven … More

    The More You Buy, the More You Save

    ‘Tis the season for sales. But beware of this enticing line: “The more you buy, the more you save!” Because, when the bill comes, the truth is: The more you buy, the more you spend. Some Members of Congress are using this logic in their latest budget proposal. They’re promising … More

    Heritage Expert Analysis on the Ryan–Murray Budget Deal

    Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D–WA) forged a budget deal without even trying to address the key drivers of spending and debt in a meaningful way. Instead, the deal increases spending immediately while delaying deficit reduction until later and trades some spending cuts for more revenue. Below … More

    Conservatives Express Disdain for Budget Deal That Kicks Spending Cuts Years Down the Road

    House conservatives expressed disagreement and disappointment with the Senate-House budget deal at today’s “Conversations with Conservatives” hosted by The Foundry on Capitol Hill. The deal, brokered by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), was a bipartisan compromise. One of the most … More

    3 Things You Need to Know About the Congressional Budget Deal

    Many had high hopes that the first budget conference in four years would make a substantial down payment toward fixing the U.S. spending and debt crisis. The new “Bipartisan Budget Act” thoroughly disappoints. While we dig through the details for a more complete assessment, here are three key facts on … More

    This Liberal and This Conservative Think the Ryan-Murray Budget Plan Is a Raw Deal for Americans

    Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle expressed skepticism about the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 as details emerged Tuesday night. Watch the clip to 0:45 to see what the liberal says and then stick around until 1:34 to hear from the conservative. Appearing on CNN’s “Crossfire,” Representatives … More

    Ryan, Murray Announce Budget Deal as Conservatives Voice Disappointment

    The chairmen of the House and Senate budget conference committee reached a deal Tuesday night on a plan that would avert a government shutdown but leaves many conservatives disappointed with additional spending and revenue increases. “The budget conferees failed to make substantive reforms to the real drivers of spending and … More

    Tax Increases Really Hurt Growth and Jobs

    Some lawmakers, led by Senate Budget Committee chair Patty Murray (D–WA), are seeking to raise taxes in the budget conference to replace the modest spending reductions referred to as sequestration. They say that spending cuts hurt growth and jobs. If they are truly concerned about the economy and Americans’ opportunities, … More