If Trump threatened to withhold aid funds in order to pressure Ukraine into investigating Joe Biden and his son, he undermined Congress' power of the purse. It's an important aspect of the Ukraine scandal that has so far been largely ignored.
Climate strikes, "Medicare for All," national security whistleblowers, and Canadian blackface scandals are all distractions from D.C.'s core function: spending more money than we have.
The idea that "deficits don't matter" has been growing among Trump-supporting Republicans. Democrats are preparing to take full advantage.
Members of Congress are well aware of the looming threat of the $22 trillion (and growing) national debt, but seem incapable of doing anything except making it worse.
Can the Freedom Caucus Convince Trump to Derail This Awful Budget Deal? If Not, Fiscal Conservatism Is Truly Dead.
The House Freedom Caucus could reverse its trend towards irrelevancy by successfully swaying Trump to turn against the new budget deal.
Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Thomas Massie have introduced a bill that would cut federal airport spending while giving airports more freedom to raise their money.
The Kentucky senator wants the Senate to consider offsetting spending cuts before approving limitless, automatic spending for the rest of the century.
The national debt will hit 140 percent of GDP before the end of the 2040s, and that's the optimistic scenario.
The Vermont senator is clearly trying to outdo his main progressive rival, Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
The president continues to move closer to Democratic proposals on infrastructure spending.
The feds aren't the only ones capable of designing cringe-worthy mascots.
The Empire State's new budget grows government spending and red tape.
White House's New Budget Gimmick: Include Immigration Enforcement Spending in the Uncapped Budget for Foreign Wars
Incredibly, the White House is trying to pitch this chicanery as an exercise in fiscal responsibility. Congress shouldn't buy it.
Plus: Congress forgets to fund the First Step Act, The New York Times chastises smug politicians over Amazon, and what if the U.S. were 100 city-states?
New Bipartisan Spending Deal Includes Billions More for Border Barriers, TSA, and Everything In Between
With the federal government $22 trillion in debt, Congress has decided to spend more money.
Unless we make some big changes, things won't get much better.
You can't have it both ways.
Get ready for permanent low growth, a stifled entrepreneurial spirit, and high unemployment.
The best we can hope for is that Trump gives in.
Drama over a possible government shutdown came to a head today. But Amash is sure of "one thing": The eventual deal won't be good for the country.
The Pentagon's Serial Waste and Shoddy Accounting Don't Preclude It From Getting More Money, Apparently
Defense budgeting should be a strategy debate, not a rubber stamp for higher spending
Should the Senate majority leader really be celebrating more reckless spending?
As it turns out, the 3D-printed solution costs 50 cents
Civil liberties lawyers worry that sensitive documents could end up in the wrong hands.
Trump will "now be put to the test," Amash says.
If there's something the government does well, it's spend money.
Congress Just Passed a $150 Billion Spending Package Without Any Consideration for Looming Trillion-Dollar Deficit
Just days after the latest CBO projections showed the deficit getting worse, Congress signs off on another bi-partisan spending increase.
The economy might be humming but when are we going to have to, you know, pay for the party already?
One of the most lasting consequences of the Trump years will be Republicans' complete abdication of fiscal responsibility.
Rep. Justin Amash Calls Out House Republicans for Passing 'Massively Wasteful' $675 Billion Defense Bill
Amash was one of just three House Republicans to vote against the spending bill.
The Senate Just Gave the Pentagon an $82 Billion Boost. That's More Money Than Russia's Entire Military Budget.
Democrats will oppose anything Trump wants, unless it's more money for the Pentagon.
Trump's plan to cut $15 billion in spending really would have cut only about $1.1 billion. Its rejection is depressing anyway.
"There's no for-profit business in the world that could sustain itself or survive with $20 trillion in debt," says Howard Schultz. "It's just not responsible."
The bill is full of handouts to wealthy businesses and other special interests.
Do Republicans have the guts to impose strict spending caps?
Thursday's vote is an empty gesture. Worse, it's a hypocritical one.
The firebrand Michigan congressman unloads on the GOP leadership's unwillingness to shrink government's size, scope, and spending.
Four out of five voters agree that Washington has a spending problem, but a new omnibus spending bill will add yet more to the national debt.
Government at all levels fuels an educational arms race through lavish and indiscriminate funding.
The new two-year budget deal will result in a $1 trillion deficit.
The House-passed continuing resolution died Friday in the Senate, but any deal to keep the government operating will likely do similar damage to the deficit.
President Trump and the GOP leadership has already reneged on promises to tackle entitlements.
Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman and Matt Welch discuss what's wrong with the GOP tax bill, Roy Moore, Al Franken, and Aquaman.