The House today will begin debating Speaker Boehner’s transportation package. There are many ways to describe this legislation – a gallimaufry of bad ideas; a collection of the most extreme versions of proposals on the right wing’s wish list; an...continued→
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David graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in history and completed the course work for a Ph.D. in American history at the University of Pennsylvania.
There may be no subject that sounds more arcane, dreary and trivial than governmental reorganization. “Just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic” is one popular line of dismissal. But in reality, how the government is organized can have enormous,...continued→
I delivered the following oral and written testimony today to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Oral Testimony Mr. Chairman, Senator Collins and Members of the Committee, Thank you for inviting me to testify today and for...continued→
The Tea Partiers and their allies love to prattle on about “federalism” – the idea of a cooperative relationship between the federal and state governments. They use “federalism” as a rallying cry to argue for limiting the authority of the...continued→
I delivered the following written and oral testimony today to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations: Oral Testimony Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member DeGette and Members of the Subcommittee, Thank you for the opportunity to appear before...continued→
This week, the House could vote on three bills to expand offshore oil and gas drilling. It is remarkable enough that the House would take up such measures before Congress has done a thing to make drilling safer. But what...continued→
Late Monday night, the actual text of the spending agreement for the remainder of this fiscal year became public. While President Obama and House Speaker Boehner had reached an agreement in principle with much fanfare just before midnight last Friday...continued→
With a government shutdown looming if Republicans and Democrats can’t reach an agreement on a spending bill by April 8, budget negotiations are at a critical point. Actions over the next week or so will determine whether environmental protections and...continued→
This is the testimony I gave today before the House Committee on the Judiciary Subcomittee on Courts, Commerical and Administrative Law. Chairman Coble, Ranking Member Cohen and Members of the Subcommittee, I appreciate the opportunity to testify before you today. ...continued→
As I mentioned last week in my blog Uneasy Riders, one of the most destructive aspects of the House spending bill for the rest of this year (H.R. 1) is that it contains 19 anti-environmental riders. The Senate is scheduled...continued→
The House yesterday passed a bill to keep the government open for an additional two weeks on a bipartisan basis. The most striking feature of that bill was what it was missing – the Republican leadership dropped all of the...continued→
Today is the moment of truth for House Republicans. They will vote today on H.R. 1, the Continuing Resolution that the Tea Party has shaped into an assault on basic government services, including environmental protection. The bill has gotten worse...continued→
The House Republican budget that was released late in the day on Friday offers a master class in how to use legitimate public concern about the deficit to cloak an ideological crusade that runs counter to the public interest. The...continued→
On Jan. 20, Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY) introduced the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act – intended as a body blow to the regulatory process. The bill would require Congressional approval of any rule that would...continued→
The House Republicans’ decision to open today’s session of the Congress with a reading of the Constitution is one everyone should applaud. Regardless of the Republican motives, getting people to contemplate our government’s founding document is a worthy goal and...continued→
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