Norm Dicks (D, WA-06) cuts and runs.
This one must have hurt, really. I mean: a guy spends over three and a half decades in Congress. He’s carefully establish himself as a convenient… receptacle… for almost-respectable defense lobbyist payoffs. And he’s just gotten the brass ring: next in line to his party’s top slot at Appropriations. And in the last Congress? That spot was the Holy Grail for people who wanted to | Read More »
Senate Budget Bill held up in Congress, delayed until Monday.
Repeat: “may.” Congress has an impressive talent at somehow managing to find new and exciting ways to spend your money. Senate bogs down over $410 billion spending bill WASHINGTON – The Senate, tied up in a fight over a huge omnibus appropriations bill, will have to pass a stopgap spending measure Friday in order to avoid a partial government shutdown. [snip] The huge, 1,132-page spending | Read More »
Rep. Jeff Flake’s anti-earmark resolution up today.
As you know, it’s in response to the PMA meltdown/outrage (see here for some background posts): Rep. Flake targets earmarks amidst PMA controversy Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), the House’s most vocal critic of pork barrel spending, is trying to shake the ethics committee into action on the link between earmarks and campaign contributors. Flake has seized on the public corruption investigation of PMA Group, a | Read More »