Higher Education Earmarks

Alexis Gravely at Inside Higher Ed: The House Appropriations Committee has approved more than $272 million in funding through earmarks that would go to projects at 228 colleges and universities, according to an analysis conducted by Inside Higher Ed. The earmarks span...

Restoring the Power of the Purse

Nan Swift at LegBranch.org: Dear Chairman Leahy, Vice Chairman Shelby, Senator Van Hollen, and Senator Hyde-Smith: We are an ideologically diverse coalition of organizations that have come together to preserve and promote the constitutional role of Congress, including...

Spending Reform

Tim Roemer and Rep. Derek Kilmer at The Hill: Nowhere is the need for effective lawmaking more apparent than the budget and appropriations process. Article I gives Congress alone the “power of the purse.” This is arguably one of the body’s most essential...

Spending by the Legislative Branch

First Branch Forecast: Every year Congress determines exactly how much money will be made available to the Legislative Branch and the purpose for which it can be spent. The Legislative Branch Appropriations bills directs congressional spending, line-item by line-item...