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    The U.S. Gets It Right on Smithfield

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is charged with screening foreign investments to ensure they pose no risk to national security. CFIUS receives a great deal of criticism, some of it deserved. But the decision last week to approve Chinese firm Shuanghui’s $4.7 billion acquisition of … More

    Senate Passes Bill That Fails to Fix Immigration and Border Security

    “The Americans will always do the right thing,” Winston Churchill (who was half-American) once declared, “after they’ve exhausted all the alternatives.” The Senate proved today—in passing a massive, complicated, budget-busting bill that fails to fix our flawed immigration system and broken borders—that it has not yet exhausted all its alternatives. … More

    Morning Bell: Who Really Gets Farm Bill Money (in 5 Pictures)

    Whenever Congress throws too much into one bill, special interests profit. The massive farm bill—which is already 80 percent food stamps—is no exception. So what about the rest of the bill—the farm-related part? Heritage’s Diane Katz reports that it includes subsidies for more than a few surprising recipients. SHARE our … More

    Morning Bell: A Bumper Crop of Food Stamps

    Tweet this Where do food stamps come from? They come from taxpayers—certainly not from family farms. Yet the “farm” bill, a recurring subsidy-fest in Congress, is actually 80 percent food stamps and other government nutrition programs. The food stamps sweeten the farm deal for lawmakers, who admit that the combination … More

    Hurricane Sandy Relief: Washington's Latest Spending Spree (VIDEO)

    The U.S. House returns Tuesday to consider the latest installment of Hurricane Sandy disaster aid. The $17 billion base bill (H.R. 152) could grow by an extra $33 billion of pork-laden spending — without offsets. Heritage’s Patrick Louis Knudsen outlined what’s at stake with the spending package this morning. The Senate’s version of the … More

    Hurricane Sandy Relief: An Early Opportunity for Budgeting

    A good test of whether the 113th Congress is likely to take budgeting seriously will come early this week, when the House considers the remainder of its Hurricane Sandy relief legislation. House conservatives are proposing several amendments that would cut enough spending to offset the $17 billion base bill (H.R. … More

    WATCH: Google+ Hangout on the Sandy Relief Bill

    Last week, Congress passed a $9 billion Sandy relief bill, but they are also considering a supplemental $51 billion aid package that is loaded with pork and unnecessary spending. Join us on Friday, January 11, at noon ET for our “Lunch with Heritage” Google+ Hangout on the outrageous spending in the Sandy … More

    Why Is Congress Putting Pork First on Homeland Security?

    The fiscal year (FY) 2012 homeland security appropriations bill is on the floor today. One would assume that this would be an opportunity for House members to get rid of wasteful programs while maintaining funding for the ones that make us safer. Instead, they are avoiding the hard choices that … More

    Outside the Beltway: Despite Loads of Debt, Pork Projects Abound in Illinois

    With a looming state budget deficit of nearly $13 million, many Illinois residents are wondering if their state has its priorities in order. Last night, ABC7 Chicago’s Chuck Goudie revealed $67 million in recent state payments (PDF) for a variety of pet projects. While the state wrestles with the ramifications of … More

    Two Cheers for Dueling Earmark Reform Proposals in House

    After enacting 93,000 earmarks at a cost of $200 billion over the past decade, lawmakers are finally taking the first steps to rein them in. First, House Democrats hinted they may announce a moratorium on earmarks to for-profit companies (while retaining them for non-profit organizations and state and local governments). … More