Democrats ditch 10-year-old earmark freeze, putting GOP in a tough position

It is official: Earmarks are returning to Congress. The House Appropriations Committee will sooCon unveil the new process by which individual legislators can direct spending to projects in their home districts. Both parties swore off earmarking a decade ago after each had members get caught in scandals, some going so

Testimony before the House of Representatives on the U.S. Postal Service’s performance and financial condition

I testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on February 24, 2021. My testimony may be found here, and the committee video is here.

The return of earmarks: A Q&A on what’s happening and what to expect

Various reports indicate that congressional Democrats intend to bring back earmarks. Politico quoted Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) as saying they will return, and that House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro “is working through the details of a reformed process.” This news is not a bolt out of the blue. Last week,

New lawmakers’ rude awakening to the realities of Congress

Last month, the 117th Congress arrived in Washington with plenty of fresh faces and new ideas for governing. More than five dozen new members entered the House and Senate. Only a handful of them, such as Wyoming Republican Rep. Cynthia Lummis, have previous experience in Congress. These new-to-Capitol Hill officeholders

Legislators feel caught in a primaries trap

What is next for Donald Trump? There are reports that the former president is intending to play a role in the 2022 election. One report says his hit list includes Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC). Note: All of

Why the GOP likely won’t run Trump in 2024

Conservatives have a love-hate relationship with the Republican Party. The reason is straightforward: the Grand Old Party (GOP) frequently disappoints them. The media regularly complains that Republicans have been radicalized and are governing from the far right; conservatives not so much….(Read more)

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