Call it a case of money under the bridge, but the Coast Guard, which keeps America safe by patrolling U.S. waterways, can't effectively manage the flow of millions of tax dollars spent on bridge construction projects.
Taxes & Budget
Coverage of the national budget and your taxes.
By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times
The White House told Congress last week it refused to dig into its computers for emails that could shed light on what kinds of private taxpayer information the IRS shares with President Obama's top aides, assuring Congress that the IRS will address the issue — eventually. Published February 22, 2015
The IRS's inspector general confirmed Thursday it is conducting a criminal investigation into how Lois G. Lerner's emails disappeared, saying it took only two weeks for investigators to find hundreds of tapes the agency's chief had told Congress were irretrievably destroyed.
A key House Republican will introduce a bill Thursday to ban the IRS from taxing gifts to nonprofits, trying to make sure the tax agency isn't able to selectively target conservative organizations by singling them out for scrutiny.
Taxpayers are already telling their accountants they plan to stiff the IRS on the Obamacare tax, saying they figure the chances the agency comes after them for a few hundred bucks are pretty slim, and it makes sense to take the risk.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat who many liberals want to see run for president in 2016, took somewhat of a pass on Tuesday when asked to assess the progressive credentials of former Secretary of State and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Bowing to intense pressure, the Obama administration said Friday it will give uninsured Americans exposed to Obamacare's tax for lacking insurance a six-week grace period to enroll in coverage on HealthCare.gov and avoid heftier penalties next year, even though they missed last weekend's deadline to sign up.
New Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday introduced a plan to eliminate “burdensome” personal property taxes on small businesses make Maryland more attractive to businesses and investors.
House Speaker John A. Boehner said Tuesday that a judge's ruling halting President Obama's deportation amnesty bolsters the GOP's push on homeland security funding, which has prompted a Democratic filibuster in the Senate and threatens a possible shutdown of the Homeland Security Department later this month.
Sen. Rand Paul said the best way to fix problems with the Internal Revenue Service is to simply scrap the tax code and start from the beginning.
China has become one of the world's largest two economies, and is wealthy enough to buy up at least $1.3 trillion of the U.S. debt. But that hasn't stopped Uncle Sam from continuing to send foreign aid to Beijing.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress on Wednesday that even illegal immigrants who didn't pay taxes will be able to claim back-refunds once they get Social Security numbers under President Obama's temporary deportation amnesty.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan took the first step toward repealing the state's "rain tax," which is levied on property owners for land with impervious surfaces to pay for EPA-mandated programs to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.
The trade agreement that is the linchpin of President Obama's Asia policy is in jeopardy of breaking apart because of a lack of trust on Capitol Hill on both sides of the partisan aisle, with opposition mounting from tea party Republicans and rank-and-file Democrats who don't have faith in the president's ability to negotiate a good deal.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont Independent, said that while the economy is better off than it was six years ago, he would have been more aggressive than the president in confronting the big banks after the 2008 financial crisis.
Everyone in Colorado from Republicans to marijuana moguls wants to stop welfare cash from being used to buy recreational pot, but standing in their way are the state's formidable legislative Democrats
President Obama is traveling to Indiana Friday to build support for his economic agenda, including an initiative for government-paid tuition for community college students.
The U.S. job machine continued to fire on all cylinders in January, adding a higher-than-expected 257,000 jobs while estimates of previous monthly growth were also revised sharply higher, the government reported Friday.
Despite a prohibition against taxpayer money being spent to influence government, millions of dollars meant to provide housing to poor and underprivileged areas instead went to lobbying because of lax oversight by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The political jabs hurled Thursday at President Obama sounded like the sorts of attacks he usually launches at Republicans, but it was a faction of House Democrats slamming the president for pursuing trade policies they say are hurting the same people he is trying to help with his "middle-class economics" pitch.
The IRS rehired hundreds of employees who had previous records of bad performance at the agency, including 141 former employees who had botched their own tax returns, and others who had used their positions to peek at private tax information, the agency's inspector general said in a report released Thursday.
A plan to overhaul the military retirement system is gaining traction among some members of Congress, but most say it will take more time and hearings to digest a 300-page report released last week that called for major changes to retirement pay and health care benefits.
VA Secretary Robert McDonald defended President Obama's budget request to cut some funding from the new Choice Card program for veterans, saying he wants the embattled department to be able to make decisions about whether the program is working and when to limit it.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen confirmed Tuesday that illegal immigrants granted amnesty from deportation under President Obama's new policies would be able to get extra refunds from the IRS for money they earned while working illegally, as long as they filed returns during those years.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will argue Tuesday that there is a direct connection between increased federal spending and bigger paychecks for American workers, as she justifies the big-government agenda at the heart of President Obama's budget.
The federal civilian workforce will reach its highest level since the end of the Cold War under the budget President Obama submitted to Congress on Monday, surging by more than 100,000 employees over the next two years as he tries to restock agencies he says have been decimated by GOP-led cuts.
With $3.999 trillion in total spending, more than $1 trillion in new taxes over the next decade and a host of controversial new spending, the 2016 budget President Obama submitted Monday amounted to a declaration of political war against Republicans on Capitol Hill, who flatly declared his plans dead.
It is part of reforming the nation's capital, says Rep. Ron DeSantis. The Florida Republican has introduced the "End Pensions in Congress Act," legislation that would end pensions for all future lawmakers and those not yet vested into the congressional retirement plan. "The Founding Fathers envisioned elected officials as part of a servant class, yet Washington has evolved into a ruling class culture," says Mr. DeSantis.
President Obama is introducing a $3.99 trillion federal budget Monday for fiscal 2016 that would eliminate what the White House called the "mindless austerity" of sequestration cuts and would raise taxes on capital gains and corporations doing business overseas.
If President Obama had his way in earlier budgets, the federal government would be 20 percent bigger than it is today — a measure of the expansive liberal direction he and his inner circle have tried to lead Congress over the past six years.
Despite a national debt over $18 trillion, President Obama said Saturday the nation can afford the major spending increases he'll put forward in his fiscal year 2016 budget, due out Monday.
Recent Opinion Columns
Flawed and cumbersome tax laws afflict taxpayers everywhere, but few are as irksome, as silly and as constitutionally dangerous as Maryland's "stormwater remediation fee," also known as "the rain tax," including whatever penumbras and emanations that followed. Gov.-elect Larry Hogan, a Republican, vowed during his campaign to free taxpayers from the overreaching state law that claims to protect the Chesapeake Bay and other waterways from polluted runoff, flooding and erosion. Together with others, he argues persuasively that it amounts to little more than a weather levy, with accompanying clouds.
The lame-duck Congress that will meet after the Nov. 4 election could lay a few golden eggs that will hatch into a new flock of crony capitalist ducklings. The gold would actually come from taxpayers. The politically well-connected are especially eager about an $18 billion giveaway to wind farms, a tax credit that benefits mostly millionaires and billionaires.
Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Marco Rubio of Florida recently laid out their vision of tax reform. They are right to push for reform. Our burdensome tax code is one of the major obstacles holding the economy back from reaching its potential. In the process, it is denying countless American families the opportunities they deserve.
If you pay people not to work, what do you think they will do?
A tobacco reduction conference hosted by the World Health Organization, the United Nation's public health agency, took a hostile and alarming turn on Monday when the public was kicked out of the meeting.