Author Archives: Rebekah Johansen

Paying down the debt? Good luck with that

Writing today in Rare, Jonathan Bydlak takes on the true severity of our fiscal problems. None of this is particularly surprising news. Maybe some readers have already started skimming at this point. After all, people have been talking about the debt … Continue reading

Jonathan Bydlak in Rare: Time to fix infrastructure

Writing today in Rare, Jonathan Bydlak takes on the need for fiscal conservatives in Congress to find permanent infrastructure solutions, not keep kicking the can down the road. This week, the House passed the 12th temporary transportation fix in the last six years, funding highways … Continue reading

Sen. McCain seeks to reform procurement

Senator John McCain isn’t always in line with fiscal hawks, but as Rare‘s Matt Purple points out, he’s making big spenders very nervous with his latest legislation. Now McCain is eyeing one of the Pentagon’s gaudiest spectacles: its inefficient and extortionate procurement … Continue reading

Big fight on Pentagon spending looms

From Politico: House Republicans rolled out their $578.6 billion Pentagon appropriations bill Tuesday, a giant measure that goes to the heart of a budget dilemma for not just President Barack Obama but also the bill’s manager, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen. The total … Continue reading

New debt limit fight heats up?

Originally published at Institute to Reduce Spending A somewhat unforeseen debt limit fight is heating up in Congress. Representative Jeb Hensarling, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued subpoenas to the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve Bank of … Continue reading