House and Senate budget negotiators are nearing an agreement on a budget deal, but it may prove to be one that is not agreeable to conservatives or to the taxpayers footing the bill for out-of-control government spending.
The 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA), though imperfect, was effective in cutting discretionary spending, and a budget that breaks the caps set by it is unacceptable. Yet, there is mounting pressure from appropriators to replace part of automatic spending cuts put in place by the BCA. Meanwhile, many Democrats are seeking to reverse the sequester on their “favored domestic programs,” like transportation, housing and the ineffective Head Start program.
Will a farm bill be pushed through before the end of the year? Some lawmakers are working to make that a reality, but that accomplishment will not be favorable for taxpayers and consumers.
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Mike ConawayHouse Republican Average72% told reporters Monday, “There’s no reason not to get [a farm bill]. Every day we don’t get something done makes it more and more difficult.” Rep. Conaway would like to see a farm bill passed before the end of the year.
Were you stuck in traffic traveling to your Thanksgiving destination this year? If so, or if you know someone who was, here is some food for thought: The states should be empowered to control their own transportation infrastructure, without excessive — and inefficient
— involvement from the federal government. The states should be provided relief from federal regulations so that they could put local priorities first and fund projects that provide congestion relief, capacity expansion, and enhanced mobility.
Guest post by Daniel Smith, currently a Heritage Action intern.
Two energy industries—one perennially vilified and the other persistently glorified—are currently hashing out their differences under the guise of an ongoing battle in Congress over pork barrel farm bills and food stamp spending.
Buoyed by a meteoric rise in supply, oil seems well positioned to outmaneuver the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and farmers’ unions supporting ethanol subsidies, as pressure to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) continues to mount. Four months of bipartisan reviews conducted by Congress have created the impetus for the EPA to consider serious reform to the much maligned RFS.