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54 Conservative Republicans Buck Party Leadership

H.J. Res. 48, Roll Call 179 In mid-March, 54 House Republicans rebuffed their party leadership and refused to support another continuing resolution (the sixth this year funding FY 2011) that included only minor spending cuts and no policy riders. Although the CR passed the House, 271 to 158 (see...
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by Tom Gow | June 16, 2011 | No Comments

House Alone Can Curb Government

“GOP likely to impede EPA efforts” — CQ staff, Congress.org, 1-3-2011 FFS: Informative article examines some precedents for the House to use its enormous leverage to block programs through appropriation bills. But the article only suggests part of the power held by the House (see, e.g., James Madison, Federalist...
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by Staff | January 29, 2011 | No Comments

Congress: Just Vote the Constitution!

“e are going to put an end to the notion that the American taxpayer exists to fund the Federal Government.” — presidential candidate Ronald Reagan, July 1980 Several decades ago, one committed constitutionalist in Congress insisted that two groups were to blame for the huge federal deficits — Republicans and...
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by Tom Gow | January 24, 2011 | No Comments