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September 11, 2007 - by Donny Shaw

The Business of Earmarking Businessweek has been looking at the earmark data that Congress's new disclosure rules have made available. They found that, for many businesses, lobbying Congress for earmarks is a fabulous investment: >On average, companies generated roughly $28 in earmark revenue for every dollar they spent lobbying. And those at the very top did far better than the average: More than 20 companies pulled in $100 or more for every dollar spent. By any standard, that's a hefty ...

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Meanwhile, A Debate Over Mexican Trucks

September 11, 2007 - by Donny Shaw

General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker's Iraq progress report has, appropriately, occupied just about all of the attention that anyone is willing to give to Congress over the last two days. But today the military leaders' controversial report managed to soak up even the Senate's attention as a Republican-backed amendment condemning MoveOn.org's "General Betrayus" ad stalled progress on, H.R. 3074, the Department of Transportation Appropriations bill.

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The Petraeus Report

September 10, 2007 - by Donny Shaw

The time has come. General David Petraeus is about to deliver his much-anticipated report on the progress of the war in Iraq in a joint hearing of the House Armed Services Committee and the House International Relations Committee.

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How Much For a Tax Break?

September 7, 2007 - by Donny Shaw

If you're into federal tax policy, there's hardly been a better time to tune into the hearings taking place in the tax-writing committees of Congress. Several major revisions to the tax code have been introduced into Congress this session, and the goal of this week's hearings has been to combine two of the most famous proposals -- a roll back of the alternative minimum tax and a rewrite of the rules as they apply to investment fund managers -- into one enormous bill.

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This SCHIP is Going Nowhere

September 5, 2007 - by Donny Shaw

The bill to reauthorize the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) is in a stalemate. Even though the bill is under a veto threat, supporters of reauthorizing and expanding the program were hoping to strike a compromise between the Senate and House versions that would either block a veto or dissuade President Bush from actually using one.

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Congress's Cushions For Sub-Prime Fallout

September 5, 2007 - by Donny Shaw

While we all wait to see if the Fed will unleash an interest rate cut to help ease the struggling financial markets, Congress is taking their own action to jump-start things where the problems began: in the housing market. Here's a look at some of the ideas they have been kicking around.

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Congress Links

September 4, 2007 - by Donny Shaw

Twittering Congressmen From the Open House Project blog: >Minority Leader John Boehner has a twitter badge up on his Republican Leader website. This allows him to post status updates on his whereabouts to a very specific degree. While it appears to only have been updated once (in reference to the House vote counting dustup), he should be applauded for engaging with technology that has such immense potential for facilitating public disclosure. (The only other search results for “site:www.hou...

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A Battle to Frame the Budget

September 3, 2007 - by Donny Shaw

As if Congress doesn't have enough on their hands with Iraq and the children's health care bill, in September they will also fight the President in a budgeting battle that has some fearing the worst: total government shutdown

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