| May 8, 2014, 5:17 p.m.
House appropriators advanced a measure Thursday to fund the Justice and Commerce departments, along with science agencies, after endorsing a GOP gun proposal and sidelining a series of Democratic firearm policy amendments.
| May 7, 2014, 1:37 p.m.
A pair of firearms provisions buried deep within the chairman’s mark of the fiscal 2015 Commerce-Justice-Science funding bill highlight an emerging strategy in the annual debate over spending: Policy language that seeks to make permanent changes in the law.
| May 7, 2014, 12:32 p.m.
The process for shedding excess military infrastructure is unlike any other in government.
| May 6, 2014, 3:01 p.m.
The House Armed Services Committee is opening the door ever so slightly to the possibility of another Base Closure and Realignment Commission, laying the preliminary groundwork in its version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill for the Pentagon to begin the lengthy and painful process of shuttering unneeded installations.
| April 30, 2014, 3:33 p.m.
If your boss handed you a to-do list that had projects to work on from 25 years ago, you’d be fairly concerned about the prospect of getting all of them done. It would be even worse if the boss kept giving you new projects that also needed to be completed. While it may be a bit of a stretch, this is essentially the problem the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee had to solve in writing the latest Water Resources Reform and Development Act.
| April 25, 2014, 3:23 p.m.
The next three months are crunch time for appropriators hoping to pass as many of the 12 annual spending bills as possible before the August recess.
| April 25, 2014, 3:22 p.m.
Appropriators may not wield the clout they once did, but when it comes to lobbying for federal dollars, they’re still a top ticket in town.
| April 9, 2014, 5:41 p.m.
A potential agreement on a long-stalled House GOP proposal to streamline federal job training programs is emerging as a possible linchpin for a deal on a five-month extension of expired unemployment benefits.
| April 9, 2014, 6 a.m.
House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions of Texas and other senior Republicans are pushing proposals to tie the extension of emergency unemployment insurance to jobs measures and the extension of some tax breaks in an attempt to bring the plan to the House floor.
| April 8, 2014, 2:50 p.m.
The Air Force’s space program is facing tough scrutiny on Capitol Hill as influential lawmakers in both parties publicly question the service’s commitment to competition in the increasingly lucrative area of satellite launches.
| April 8, 2014, 2:31 p.m.
The Pentagon has launched a review to determine whether using a Russian-built rocket engine to launch military satellites has any national security implications, following Russia’s seizure and annexation of Crimea.
| April 7, 2014, 2:49 p.m.
Public transit advocates were blindsided when House Republicans introduced a five-year highway bill two years ago that proposed eliminating the Highway Trust Fund’s transit account.
| April 3, 2014, 5:47 p.m.
The bipartisan five-month unemployment insurance extension pending in the Senate appears to be driving a wedge between segments of the House Republican Conference.
| April 3, 2014, 5 a.m.
Early this month, President Barack Obama released his fiscal 2015 budget blueprint — a document that would look familiar to anyone who has reviewed the budgets of preceding years. The document — and the administration — takes the position that we need to address and resolve the challenges of our tax code. What are needed now are substantive steps to make tax reform a reality. Political talking points need to be transformed into meaningful reforms.
| April 2, 2014, 4:21 p.m.
House appropriations unveiled a Legislative Branch spending bill Wednesday that aims to show the chamber’s commitment to austerity by not providing any increase over current funding.
| March 28, 2014, 5:19 p.m.
The last chance for “scaffold-free” photos and video of the Capitol is approaching, the Architect of the Capitol reports.
| March 28, 2014, 4:11 p.m.
The spending level for defense in the coming year is all but locked in, but that does not mean attempts to increase the Pentagon’s budget are dead.
| March 28, 2014, 4:07 p.m.
The House budget resolution that has served as a manifesto of Republican Party principles in the past three years is about to get still more conservative.
| March 27, 2014, 5 a.m.
Some lawmakers and experts dispute the notion that a new budget resolution laden with conservative policies would be a drag on GOP electoral prospects, arguing it may help Republicans energize their base amid the typical low turnout of midterm elections.
| March 26, 2014, 4:01 p.m.
It will likely be months before the Obama administration details the specific changes it plans for overtime rules, but officials are looking at making two significant shifts.