| Dec. 6, 2013, 4:20 p.m.
Since being named to the bicameral budget conference committee this fall, New York Democrat Nita M. Lowey has used her position on the 29-member panel to push the concerns of not only Democrats but appropriators from both sides of the aisle.
| Dec. 4, 2013, 2:51 p.m.
Despite a rocky journey that’s taken more than two years, the principal negotiators in a farm bill conference showed new signs of optimism Wednesday — but not for passing a final bill before January.
| Nov. 22, 2013, 5 a.m.
America is not broke. Our country is making great strides toward energy independence and to position itself as the world’s largest oil producer. For the first time since early 1995, U.S. oil production exceeded imports, and it will surpass Saudi Arabia’s output by 2020.
| Nov. 20, 2013, 5:37 p.m.
Democrats on both sides of the Capitol wonder if House Republicans would be able to pass a one-year continuing resolution that holds spending at the sequester levels of $967 billion, a number being pushed by hard-line conservatives who count among them Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
| Nov. 20, 2013, 3:29 p.m.
Offshoring became a mantra for corporate America in the past decade, as companies shifted production abroad to save on wages and overhead. Now, a halting recovery in manufacturing employment in the United States — fueled by low domestic energy costs and rising wages in emerging economies — has pushed the industry to the front of a new bipartisan drive to spur job creation before the 2014 elections.
| Nov. 15, 2013, 4:22 p.m.
At 8:15 a.m. Friday, Rep. Tom Cole sat in his Rayburn office poring over a briefing on the spending bill that supports the roof over his head, the Capitol Dome and other iconic structures around the campus.
| Nov. 15, 2013, 3:45 p.m.
If the lobbying world of K Street was as powerful as its public image, earmarks would be back in full force in Congress — or, maybe, they never would have gone away.
| Nov. 15, 2013, 3:43 p.m.
The number of clients looking for help navigating the appropriations process has taken a sharp decline. Last year, about 3,500 clients retained lobbyists for help in budget and appropriations matters, according to Lobbying Disclosure Act data compiled by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
| Nov. 5, 2013, 3:50 p.m.
The Navy has grand plans for its next-generation ballistic missile submarine, pushing it deeper into the research-and-development phase in fiscal 2014 — and one step closer to production — with a healthy $1.1 billion investment that amounts to roughly double what the service spent on the program last year.
| Nov. 5, 2013, 3:35 p.m.
In an era where continuing resolutions have replaced annual spending bills for many government agencies, appropriators — once the kings of the Hill — have seen their status drop precipitously.
| Nov. 4, 2013, 2:41 p.m.
In his recent commentary, David Trachtenberg called for more diversity in America’s missile defense systems and claimed that the current U.S. missile defense program “is but a shadow of the robust program needed to protect the nation.” (“U.S. Benefits From Diversity in Missile Defense,” Roll Call)
| Oct. 31, 2013, 5:01 p.m.
Republican and Democratic appropriators alike are telling budget conferees to get a deal on a topline spending number sooner rather than later.
| Oct. 30, 2013, 4:06 p.m.
The Senate’s vote to confirm Richard Griffin as the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel this week brought the board its first full slate of appointees in a decade. Democrats and labor advocates, worn down by years of political skirmishes over the NLRB, hailed Tuesday’s vote as the end of a difficult chapter in the board’s 78-year history.
| Oct. 30, 2013, 3:59 p.m.
It has become Washington’s most-used phrase: kicking the can down the road. It’s what happens when elected officials do the bare minimum necessary to avert one budget crisis or another, rather than addressing the long-term drivers of our growing national debt.
| Oct. 30, 2013, 3:30 p.m.
As the U.S. economy teetered on the brink of disaster a few weeks ago, apparently the pizza got the deal done. With the federal government shut down and the U.S. poised to surpass the debt limit in less than a day, congressional leadership staff wheeled in dozens of pizzas and, suddenly, sharply divided party lines melted away and a deal was reached.
| Oct. 30, 2013, 3:30 p.m.
As we ring in the fiscal new year, unfortunately we find ourselves with very little to toast. We have no budget. A continuing resolution to simply keep the government open has been a source of political brinkmanship. And worst of all, the full faith and credit of the United States remains threatened by our inability to reach agreement on raising the debt ceiling, which would leave us in uncharted territory that could be financially and economically catastrophic.
| Oct. 30, 2013, 1:16 p.m.
Gathering Wednesday morning for their first formal meeting, the leaders of the House and Senate Budget committees continued the recent pattern of setting low hurdles and reasonable expectations — while still being split as usual on the issue of taxes.
| Oct. 29, 2013, 3 p.m.
One year ago, Superstorm Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coast, wreaking havoc across the mid-Atlantic region and racking up a preliminary bill of $50 billion in damages — making it the second-costliest hurricane to strike the United States since 1900, according to the National Hurricane Center.
| Oct. 28, 2013, 5:55 p.m.
Grand bargains are out. Tax hikes are out. Short-term and stopgap solutions are very much in.
| Oct. 25, 2013, 5:04 p.m.
Two pivotal conference committees could test the post-shutdown theory that now is the time for both parties and chambers to finally come to the table and resolve their differences.