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    What’s happening in Washington…..

    The discussions in Washington continue to be about a Continuing Resolution (CR) and when the House and Senate will agree and vote to avoid a government shutdown and keep the federal government operating, at least until mid-December. Recent events have caused the House to debate whether or not to attach…
    Sarah Curry, September 16, 2014
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    Will the Feds pass a Budget?

    Both the US Senate and House reconvened this week after their five-week recess they normally take during the month of August. The most pressing piece of legislation on their docket is a stopgap spending bill, or continuing resolution, to maintain funding for the federal government when the current fiscal year…
    Sarah Curry, September 10, 2014
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    What’s happening on Capitol Hill

    This week the House is expected to vote on a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government after the fiscal year ends on September 30, 2014. This short-term CR, which is expected to continue funding through mid-December, is not the only important item on the House’s docket. There is…
    Sarah Curry, September 9, 2014
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    Update to Federal Budget Outlook

    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an update to the budget and economic outlook for 2014-2024. According to the report: The federal budget deficit has fallen sharply during the past few years, and it is on a path to decline further this year and next year. However, later in…
    Sarah Curry, September 4, 2014
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    Teen argues that font change would save feds millions

    According to a Huff Post Education article, Fourteen-year-old Suvir Mirchandani has adapted his sixth-grader science fair project from Dorseyville Middle School in Pittsburgh — a study of the cost savings incurred by switching the font in his school’s paper handouts — to show exactly how much money the bigwigs…
    Terry Stoops, March 31, 2014
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    NEA Legislative Report Card released

    The National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest teachers’ union, released a report card that assigns letter grades to each member of Congress.  As one would expect, the grades are based on the member’s obedience to the NEA, which makes them pretty predictable. Liberals get good grades, conservatives get bad…
    Terry Stoops, January 16, 2014
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    Two NC congressmen buck party caucuses on vote for House speaker

    Two members of Congress from North Carolina bucked their party’s caucus choices when it cam to casting their votes for speaker of the House today. And it was a bipartisan effort. Third District Congressman Walter Jones, a Republican, did not vote for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and 7th…
    Barry Smith, January 3, 2013
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    REINS Act: Restoring Accountability to Lawmaking

    Yesterday, the United States House passed the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS Act, H.R. 10)) by a 241-184 vote.   No Republican voted against the bill, while only 4 democrats voted for it. Congress often delegates significant power to government agencies.  As a result,…
    Daren Bakst, December 8, 2011