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Nita Lowey, Carrying the Banner for Appropriations

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.

Farm Bill Talks Show Promise for 2014 Passage

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.

We Ain't Broke | Commentary

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.

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House GOP Appropriators in a Budget Conference Pickle

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.

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Some Lawmakers See Bipartisan Potential in Manufacturing Measures

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.

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Tom Cole: Custodian of America's 'Crown Jewels'

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.

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Earmark Ban Hits Lobbyists' Influence on Spending Bills

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.

For Some, Absence of Earmarks Brings 'Pure Insanity'

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.

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Disruption of Regular Appropriations Threatens DOD Projects

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.

Appropriators Strike Optimistic Note, Despite Heavy Lifting Ahead

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.

U.S. Would Benefit From Fixing the Problems With Missile Defense | Commentary

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)

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Appropriators: Hurry Up and Get a Deal

Republican and Democratic appropriators alike are telling budget conferees to get a deal on a topline spending number sooner rather than later.

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For the NLRB, Confirmation Peace May Be Fleeting

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.

Road Kill: The Proverbial Can Is Kicking Back | Commentary

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.

For Budget Conference, Start With the Pizza | Commentary

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.

New Fiscal Year, Same Fiscal Problems | Commentary

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.

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Budget Conference Starts With Optimistic Words, Usual Split on Taxes

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.

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One Year After Sandy, Little Progress on Funding for Storm Resilience

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.

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The Incredible Shrinking Budget Talks

Grand bargains are out. Tax hikes are out. Short-term and stopgap solutions are very much in.

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Can Congress Get Back to Governing?

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.

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