Author Archives: Rebekah Johansen

House will hold “open mic” on Defense spending

Fiscal conservatives who want reform of this crucial area of the federal budget should watch carefully tomorrow. From The Hill: Every member of the House will have the chance on Tuesday to make recommendations for what should be in this … Continue reading

Is the debt worse than we think?

Ron Haskins at Brookings takes on the rising federal debt obligations — particularly the unfunded liabilities that push up the total number far higher than most people realize. … CBO’s debt estimates do not take into account the full financial … Continue reading

Rand Paul proposes Pentagon spending boost

In a marked reversal of previous positions, Senator Rand Paul is proposing a Defense spending hike of around 16%. Via Time: the libertarian Senator introduced a budget amendment late Wednesday calling for a nearly $190 billion infusion to the defense … Continue reading

House faces off over Pentagon spending

In a rarely-used procedure, members of the House GOP are preparing to face off directly over funding for the nation’s largest chunk of discretionary spending. The move is called called “Queen of the Hill,” and it’s hardly ever used on … Continue reading

CRS signs letter urging waste reduction in timber Program

We were proud to sign onto a letter today urging Chairman Calvert to include language in the FY16 Interior Appropriations Bill to reduce waste in the Tongass Timber Program. Read the final text here.