Author Archives: Rebekah Johansen

Spending still matters

There’s a chance you noticed what we did on Tuesday night. The State of the Union address – at over 6,000 words long – referenced “spending” a grand total of… zero times. “Debt” got two mentions, and “deficit” got three. There was … Continue reading

SOTU ignores spending

Over at The Atlantic, Peter Beinart notes something we first noticed while watching Tuesday night’s State of the Union and response. On both sides, spending was largely ignored. In 2011, facing a newly elected Republican Congress, Obama uttered those words … Continue reading

What are sequestration’s chances in 2015?

Yesterday, Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Co-Chairs Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) released an amendment to the rules committee to “repeal the sequester.” While the real-world chances of this particular amendment are anyone’s guess, it’s obvious the … Continue reading

Watch: House Rules debates DHS funding bill

Yesterday, the House Rules Committee discussed H.R. 240, the bill to provide funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

House introduces DHS funding bill

Today, the House introduced H.R. 240 – Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015. At the end of last year, Congress passed a “Cromnibus” bill that cobbled together funding for most departments – except for one, the Department of Homeland … Continue reading