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    Steering Transportation Policy: Empower People and the States, Not Washington

    Alfonse D’Amato, a long-time former Republican Senator from New York, reveled in his nickname: Senator Pothole. “It means you’re attentive and you’re there and available,” he told New York magazine. Perhaps. But if you discovered a pothole, would you really dial up a U.S. Senator? Yes, there’s a federal Department … More

    Ryan Budget’s Transportation Takeaway: Give States More Flexibility and Control

    Why does House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan’s (R–WI) budget proposal matter to you? Because it would empower citizens and state and local governments, not remote Washington bureaucrats, to solve the transportation problems—think traffic congestion—that they deal with daily. A crucial reform proposal in the budget involves how transportation projects … More

    Changing the Transportation Status Quo: Empowering the States

    Senator Mike Lee (R–UT) and Representative Tom Graves (R–GA) have introduced twin bills (S. 1702 and H.R. 3486) called the Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA), which would phase out the federal gas tax that motorists pay at the pump and empower the states to manage their surface transportation. Congestion in the … More

    It's Time to Defund Obamacare

    The movement to defund Obamacare has reached a critical moment. According to news reports, House Republicans are deciding this morning whether they will use a government funding bill to stop the unfair, unaffordable, and unworkable health care law. With less than two weeks until the government takeover of health care, … More

    A Real Vote to Defund Obamacare

    One of the disillusioning facts about Washington is that Congress can vote on something and that vote won’t mean a thing. It would seem that a congressional vote should be a meaningful occasion, with Members weighing the costs and benefits of voting for the particular measure at hand. Unfortunately, political … More

    Conversations with Conservatives: Congressmen Answer Your Questions

    Ten conservative members of Congress will gather on Capitol Hill today at 11:30 a.m. to take your questions about a range of policy issues confronting lawmakers. The monthly event, Conversations with Conservatives, will feature Reps. Raúl Labrador (R-ID), Jeff Landry (R-LA), Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Tom Graves (R-GA), … More

    Top 10 Reads: Oct. 03, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. At 50, the Chinook remains the Army’s workhorse – Michael Hoffman, Army Times Graves eyes upper rungs of conservative ladder – Daniel Malloy, The Atlantic Journal-Constitution Lawmakers: Revamp disaster recovery … More

    Guest Blogger: The CRs Simple and Complex Spending Cuts

    Of the $100 billion in spending cuts in H.R. 1, the Continuing Resolution (CR), some are big, others are small, but all are vital reductions that help our nation regain its financial footing. In some cases, the bill simply seeks to eliminate entire programs or blocks of funding. In others, … More