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House Committee On Appropriations
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The House of Representatives that returns Tuesday is 10 percent leaner than a year prior — the result of a pair of mandates requiring largely symbolic cuts to the way it goes about its business enacted since John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, assumed the speaker's gavel in January.
Israel's cutting-edge missile defense called Iron Dome scored an 85 percent success rate in knocking out rockets launched against Israel's southern cities in recent clashes with Gaza.
The House will soon vote to (slightly) rein in the Obama Environmental Protection Agency. But this much-needed baby step by Congress will only happen if Republicans have the knowledge and muster the courage to withstand a final bare-knuckles assault by EPA's enviro allies.
The House of Representatives will soon be debating the new Department of Defense (DoD) appropriations bill. It's expensive - $649 billion, close to another post-World War II high. The bill covers almost all of DoD's expenses for fiscal year 2012 - both routine expenses, such as basic payroll, training and weapons acquisition (known as the "base" budget), and war spending - for Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere.
Congress made no new attempts to influence D.C. social policy, sending a city budget bill to the House floor Thursday without any amendments related to the nation's capital.
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have finally begun to feel queasy from their nearly-decade- long corn-alcohol bender. The Senate's first step toward swearing off ethanol came in the form of a 73-27 vote last week on an amendment that would kill the 45-cent-per-gallon ethanol tax credit. Now that they've started to recover their senses, legislators shouldn't repeat their past mistakes by overindulging in natural gas.
Federal immigration authorities are beginning a new round of investigations designed to make sure businesses hire only people authorized to work in the U.S., focusing this time on companies vital to national security and other government and economic functions.
Republicans in the House think federal belt-tightening needs to start with Congress and the White House itself. On Thursday, the House Appropriations Committee will vote on a fiscal year 2012 government-operations appropriations bill that trimmed 5 percent from the Executive Office of the President. President Obama had originally sought to pump up his personal budget by $34 million, showing once more how out of touch he has become in these tough economic times.
The House Appropriations Committee's defense spending bill calls for blocking all funds for developing an alternate F-35 jet engine, putting the panel's bill at odds with the Armed Services Committee's legislation permitting continued engine development.