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    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

    Chart of the Week: Sequestration Cuts 2.4 Percent out of Total Spending

    Federal spending will explode from $3.6 trillion to $6 trillion over the next 10 years, but the much-maligned sequester will cut only 2.4 percent of this spending. Sequestration represents a relatively small cut in projected spending. So why are so many in Washington wringing their hands over a two-and-a-half percent … More

    TSA: No Room for Sequestration Cuts?

    President Obama claims that unless Congress raises taxes to undo the imminent automatic budget cuts as sequestration, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) would be forced to reduce security measures, leaving travelers and the airways vulnerable and increasing wait times at airports. Is there really not a dime that could be … More

    Morning Bell: Obama and the Seuss-quester

    On Pennsylvania Avenue, right near the end, there lived a President who wanted to spend. He knew spending meant power, so hour by hour, he thought up more spends from his Washington tower. “I’ll spend without limits; I’ll spend without blame! Raising taxes to pay—that’s the name of the game.” … More

    Sequestration 101: Watch Heritage's Google+ Hangout at Noon ET Today

    What is sequestration? And why is Washington in a panic about it? Federal budget cuts, known as sequestration, are scheduled to hit in one week. They’re not the perfect approach to trimming the budget, but they are the law — adopted by Congress and endorsed by President Obama. Of course, … More

    Sequestration Cuts the DHS Off at the Knees

    Last week, Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee released a report outlining what they believe the consequences of sequestration will be if it goes into effect. Following its release, Homeland Security Today published an article highlighting the report’s findings on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) specifically. In short, the … More

    In Congress, a Welcome Desire for "Regular Order"

    As Members of Congress left town last week for the Presidents’ Day break, a refreshing and commendable sentiment followed them: nostalgia for the “regular order” of lawmaking. “Tired of watching as flailing leadership negotiations fail to produce any key legislation,” wrote The Washington Post, “senior lawmakers hope that a return … More

    Simpson–Bowles Redux: Another $600 Billion Tax Increase

    Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, former co-chairs of the 2010 White House deficit-reduction panel whose plan failed, released an outline for a new proposal on their own today. A Bipartisan Path Forward to Securing America’s Future lacks any significant details but does include a $600 billion tax increase in addition … More

    Morning Bell: Spending Cuts Are Happening, One Way or Another

    Federal budget cuts called “sequestration” are scheduled to hit in just 10 days. The sequestration cuts are not perfect—they’re a blunt instrument to cut spending, rather than a deliberative plan that sets priorities, trims entitlements, and cuts other spending. But they are law. It would be better to replace them … More

    The Case Against Hagel

    Some time has been gained to consider: Is former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel qualified to be Secretary of Defense? The number is growing of those who say the answer is “No.” Today, Heritage’s James Jay Carafano outlined the case against confirming Hagel. Carafano, vice president for foreign policy, writes: The … More