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More on the Stimulus Bill

January 15, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

* The House Ways and Means Committee released details today about the tax provisions falling under their jurisdiction in the stimulus bill. Tax cuts in the bill total about $275 billion and include Obama's "Making Work Pay Credit" for the middle class, refundable higher education tax credits, first-time home-buyer credits, renewable energy incentives and a smattering of tax cuts for businesses. The Committee will begin work on this section of the bill next week. * OMB Watch looks at the tax ...

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Recovery.gov

January 15, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

The website picture above - Recovery.gov - will soon be transformed into a database for information on new spending originating from the $825 billion economic stimulus package. This part of Congress's effort to bring "a historic level of transparency, oversight and accountability" to the stimulus so that "taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and Americans can see results for their investment," as stated in the draft summary. Below is the mandate to build the site contained in the House's Ameri...

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House Dems Release Stimulus Summary

January 15, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

"House Democrats on Thursday unveiled an $825 billion economic recovery package, an expansive combination of spending and tax cuts that aims to put millions of unemployed Americans back to work and halt what is widely believed to be the nation’s worst recession since the Depression."

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The First Ten Bills of the 111th Senate

January 8, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

These first 10 Senate bills are mainly symbolic. They're a statement of the Democrats' legislative priorities at this point for the next two years, but any legislative action that's taken on these measures could very well come in a different form. The first ten Senate bills of the last session included some measures that were enacted (minimum wage increase, ethics reform), some that were vetoed by President Bush (funding for stem cell research) and some that were hotly debated but never passed Congress (comprehensive immigration reform).

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Obama and Pelosi Talk Stimulus

January 5, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

President-elect Barack Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi today after a private meeting to discuss the economic stimulus package: ...

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Obama's 'American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan'

January 3, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

In his weekly radio and video address this morning, President-elect Obama gave the most detailed description yet of his economic stimulus proposal, including a list of the five main goals his plan is designed to achieve.

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Catching Up

January 2, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Between road tripping up the East Coast, weathering a Nor'easter and celebrating 2009, I've lost track of the Congress rumor mill a bit. So, rather than try to fall right back into step, here's a rundown of what's been happening over the past few days with some of the major themes shaping up as the 111th Congress gets ready to convene on Tuesday. Click through for news on the massive stimulus package, the battle brewing over Roland Burris, Caroline Kennedy and

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