The power of the Spending Tracker

July 11, 2020
Over the last few months, Congress has appropriated trillions of dollars in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Amid this flurry of spending, annual deficits are projected to be nearly $4 trillion… Read More

ICYMI: Broad coalition supports strengthening the legislative branch by providing additional funding

July 10, 2020
The Honorable Nita LoweyChairCommittee on AppropriationsUnited States House of RepresentativesThe Honorable Richard ShelbyChairCommittee on AppropriationsUnited States SenateThe Honorable Kay GrangerRanking MemberCommittee on AppropriationsUnited States House of RepresentativesThe Honorable Patrick LeahyRanking… Read More

Broad coalition calls for improved oversight of COVID-19 spending

July 7, 2020
When Congress comes back from its recess in a few weeks, at the top of its priority list will be a potential new round of fiscal relief. One item that’s… Read More

Congress should reassert its ‘power of the purse’

June 12, 2020
Source: WashingtonPost.com President Trump recently escalated a brewing battle over funding for the World Health Organization. In a letter to the WHO, he threatened a permanent funding freeze and reconsideration… Read More

Important COVID-19 update to SpendingTracker.org

May 1, 2020
In the last two months, multiple spending bills have been signed into law with the intention of alleviating the threat of the coronavirus pandemic and providing relief to individuals and… Read More

Presidential purse snatching

April 30, 2020
Some constitutional language is necessarily open-textured, as when it forbids the “establishment” of religion or “unreasonable” searches, or when it guarantees the “free exercise” of religion, “due process” and “equal… Read More

How Congress made the Secretary of the Treasury the boss

April 24, 2020
Meet the new boss. The most memorable official pronouncement during the financial crisis of 2008 came at a Senate Banking Committee hearing on July 15. There, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson… Read More

Could Democrats and Republicans both benefit from bringing back earmarks?

April 16, 2020
Discussions about bringing back earmarks have flared up on Capitol Hill in recent years. Democrats in particular have expressed interest in reviving procedures whereby members of the House of Representatives could… Read More

Broad coalition endorses principles for transparency and oversight of coronavirus stimulus spending

April 10, 2020
Download the letter April 6, 2020 The Honorable Nancy PelosiSpeaker of the HouseU.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20514The Honorable Kevin McCarthyMinority Leader… Read More

The exasperating politics of pensions and trust funds

March 30, 2020
Across the United States, myriad pension and trust funds are in trouble. Serious trouble. The U.S Postal Service’s retiree health benefits fund is underfunded by $70 billion, and will… Read More