Omnibuses and the Power of the Purse

June 12, 2017
Don Wolfensberger writes in the Hill: “House Republicans are reportedly considering bundling all 12 regular appropriations bills into an omnibus measure and passing it prior to the August… Read More

How Omnibus Spending Bills Erode Legislator Accountability

June 7, 2017
Source: By Tony McCann Overview Staff plays an essential role in the appropriations process as in all legislation. The legislative process, however, requires members to cast a recorded… Read More

House Committee on Appropriations Announces Legislative Branch Hearings

May 9, 2017
House appropriators will hold hearings on spending next week (May 17 and 18). The schedule and invited witnesses may be seen at… Read More

House Legislative Branch Appropriations Open Hearing, May 3, 2017

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May 3, 2017
To its great credit, the House’s legislative branch appropriations subcommittee held an open hearing where anyone with an interest in legislative branch spending could have their say. This is… Read More

Rep. Ken Buck on the Federal Budget Accountability Act

May 2, 2017
By Kevin R. Kosar Rep. Ken Buck, R-Co, introduced H.R. 1999, the Federal Budget Accountability Act in April. It is a short bill — barely two… Read More

The omnibus is here! And some things to clear up about congressional budget politics.

May 2, 2017
By Joshua C. Huder Originally published at the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University House and Senate leaders will push through an omnibus spending package this week. The bill… Read More

GovTrack’s Written Testimony to the House of Representatives on Public Access to Legislative Information

May 2, 2017
This week, the House’s Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee will hold a hearing. In anticipation, Joshua Tauberer has published online the testimony he submitted. Tauberer, who founded GovTrack.US… Read More

How Many Types of Appropriations Are There?

April 11, 2017
Illustration credit: Anthony McCann, “Forms of Appropriation: A Typology,” Public Budgeting and Finance , June 2016. According to Anthony McCann, there are 13 types. This is a big deal… Read More

House Votes to Increase Appropriations for Permanent Committees

March 19, 2017
Phillip Lohaus, Daniel Schuman and Mandy Smithberger report: Today [March 8, 2017] the Committee on House Administration took a small but important step to restore the House of Representatives… Read More

Congress and Fiscal Control

March 17, 2017
The way it is supposed to work, in short. Source: Congressional Research Service At the Library of Law & Liberty, Kevin R. Kosar writes: “Indubitably, our nation’s finances are… Read More