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Kerry Young


Kerry Young covers appropriations for CQ Roll Call. She joined CQ in 2007 as co-editor of Budget Tracker, an electronic newsletter and Web site on the budget and appropriations, keeping track of efforts to reduce waste in government and control deficit spending and the debt. Shes a veteran of Bloomberg News, where from 1995 to 2006 she covered energy and health, including the FDA and Medicare. A graduate of Tulane University, Kerry worked for several small newspapers in New Jersey at the start of her career in the early 1990s.

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For a Fiscal Conservative, Spending at Home Passes the Test

June 7, 2013

Tim Huelskamp of Kansas has been one of the most vocal tea-party-backed conservatives in the House, but his calls to shrink the size of government didnt apply when it came to bringing a new Department of Homeland Security lab to his district.

Diagnosis Goes Beyond Sequester for Cancer Patients

May 10, 2013

Dr. Jeffery C. Ward, a cancer specialist, has not yet faced the painful task many of his colleagues have this year: closing the door to patients because of federal budget cuts. But thats only because Ward already made the hard choice of switching from running a private practice to serving on staff at a large hospital.

Odds Are Against Congress Restoring Cancer Drug Funding

May 10, 2013

Lawmakers and outside coalitions supported by doctors and drug companies face an uphill battle in their bid to reverse sequester cuts that have hit cancer drugs.

Labor Cost Management Is Key to Coping With Sequester at Agencies

April 24, 2013

This may be small solace to airline passengers waiting out delays at airports in Los Angeles and New York, but the general consensus in Washington is that the real pain from budget cuts under the sequester may not be felt until the end of the summer or even next year. Thats because managers of federal agencies are using whatever flexibility they can, according to officials at agencies and unions representing workers, to cut down on furloughs to minimize disruptions in services.

Futures Trading Regulators Planned for the Future

April 24, 2013

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the federal agency that regulates trade in goods based on their projected value, will be able to avoid furloughs during this fiscal year in part because it did a good job of preparing for the future.

Appropriators Must Bridge Budget Gap

April 16, 2013

Democrats and Republicans will need to bridge a $91 billion gap on budget plans before they can clear any new spending laws. But for now, neither side is suggesting a compromise even as both contend they want a more orderly appropriations process.

Clouds on Horizon for Weather Service Budget

April 5, 2013

For Cliff Mass, a University of Washington professor and the author of a popular meteorology blog, the title of the 2012 federal report Weather Service for the Nation: Becoming Second to None summed up his growing concerns.

Tough Budgeting Places National Weather Service In an Uneasy Orbit

April 5, 2013

Almost a year after Congress learned of a budget scandal at the National Weather Service, lawmakers are still trying to get a realistic estimate of what it costs to run the nations first line of defense against the effects of hurricanes, tornadoes and winter storms.

Daunting Stack of Amendments Thrown Before Continuing Resolution in Senate

March 15, 2013

Senate leaders are trying to whittle down a daunting list of more than 90 amendments pending to a fiscal 2013 spending package. They aim to send to the House early next week a measure needed to fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year.

House Watching for 'Poison Pills' as Senate Turns to Continuing Resolution

March 13, 2013

Republicans and Democrats in the House expect to support the Senates version of a fiscal 2013 continuing resolution, provided that the spending package doesnt arrive weighed down with contentious new provisions.

Senate Faces Expanding Complications As Debate Over Continuing Resolution Begins

March 12, 2013

Appropriators in the Senate are trying to stave off attempts from budget hawks and proponents of more special exceptions that threaten to slow down work on the continuing resolution needed to fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year.

Senate Democrats Seek Wider Scope, May Add Appropriations Bills

March 6, 2013

The continuing resolution that will come out of the Senate will almost certainly be a larger and more complicated measure than the stopgap funding measure the House coped with this week.

House Releases Continuing Resolution That Keeps Sequester Cuts in Place

March 4, 2013

House appropriators are proposing a final fiscal 2013 spending package that would effectively cap federal operating expenses at $982 billion, while giving military and veterans programs new flexibility to cushion the effects of the sequesters automatic cuts.

Obama, Lawmakers Expect Straightforward Stopgap

March 1, 2013

President Barack Obama and congressional leaders said Friday that they expect to advance a straightforward continuing resolution that would set federal spending through the rest of the current fiscal year without addressing the automatic cuts under sequester and other potentially contentious questions.

Republicans Working on Funding Bill

Feb. 27, 2013

House Republican leaders seem to have averted a potential rift in the conference, garnering wide support for a continuing resolution that Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Thursday said will move next week.

House Appropriators Prepare to Unveil New Spending Plan

Feb. 22, 2013

House appropriators may unveil as early as the coming week their proposal for funding the federal government in the second half of fiscal 2013, but theres no decision yet on whether the Republican leadership may bring the bill to the floor.

Appropriations Assignments Are No Longer Coveted

Feb. 1, 2013

As the story goes, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942 asked Sen. Kenneth McKellar, then the ranking member of the Appropriations Committee, to quietly provide $2 billion for a secret weapons lab, the Tennessee Democrat had a brief and quick response.

Mikulski Challenged by Irregular Order on Spending

Feb. 1, 2013

Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski faces tough hurdles in her quest to return to regular order for handling her committees dozen annual spending bills.

McCaskill, Toomey Seek Permanent Ban on Earmarks

Jan. 23, 2013

A bipartisan Senate duo is again trying to permanently ban earmarks, a practice now out of favor with most members of Congress.

Latest Sandy Debate on House Floor May Frustrate Conservatives

Jan. 14, 2013

House conservatives are likely to be frustrated this week in the years first test of their drive to cut spending, with the chamber on a path to pass a major Superstorm Sandy recovery package.

Palazzo Now Supports Immediate Sandy Relief After Voting Against Flood Insurance Increase

Jan. 9, 2013

In a sign of the potential risks Republicans face by balking at disaster relief, a GOP sophomore appears to have quickly softened his view on Superstorm Sandy recovery spending after becoming a target of critics, including a local newspaper.

House's Sandy Aid Bill Is Only the First Chapter

Jan. 3, 2013

Northeast lawmakers whose states were damaged by Superstorm Sandy are finally seeing the House action they have been demanding on disaster relief funding.

Under Bipartisan Fire, House GOP Leaders Set Up Votes for Sandy Aid

Jan. 2, 2013

Facing a bipartisan uprising from Northeast lawmakers, House Republican leaders scheduled a Friday vote on an initial installment of aid for states damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

GOP Leaders Delay Sandy Relief, Angering Northeast Lawmakers

Jan. 1, 2013

Northeast lawmakers and Democratic leaders were in an uproar late Tuesday after the House held its final votes of the 112th Congress without acting on a relief bill for states damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

House Cardinals Named; Young to Keep Defense Panel Chairmanship

Dec. 31, 2012

C.W. Bill Young will remain chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the Pentagons budget, while Jack Kingston and Ander Crenshaw move into the two of the thorniest posts on the committee.

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