Congress

House to Vote on the Largest Defense Budget in History

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House progressives have again introduced amendments to significantly reduce the massive Pentagon budget of at least $768 billion.

From Sludge
On September 23, 2021

Democrats’ Budget Plan Would Cost Only Half of One Percent of GDP

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The Biden admin's $3.5 trillion spending plan over ten years would have a net cost of $1-1.75 trillion, budget groups say, far less than the Trump tax cuts of 2017.

From Sludge
On September 9, 2021

News Outlet Founded by Blue Dog Dem Operatives Promotes Big Pharma’s Lobbying Aims

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Leaders of a centrist advocacy group with funding from the pharmaceutical industry founded outlet The Well News and have editorial input on its promoted posts.

From Sludge
On September 7, 2021

Defense Contractors Are Top Donors to House Election Objectors, Report Finds

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The top Fortune 500 donors this year to House GOP election objectors are weapons companies whose revenue comes overwhelmingly from defense contracts.

From Sludge
On August 31, 2021

General Electric Gets Billions in Defense Contracts While Reps Hold Its Stock

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Texas Republican Michael McCaul owned up to $6 million in G.E. shares as he sits on the Foreign Affairs and Homeland Security Committees.

From Sludge
On August 25, 2021

It’s Not Just Manchin: The Top Energy Dem in the House Also Has Fossil Fuel Conflicts

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Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, benefits from investments in the fossil fuel industry while crafting climate policies.

From Sludge
On August 17, 2021

Blue Dogs Seek to Delay Democratic Budget Plan After Their PAC Takes Millions From Corporate America

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The House Blue Dog PAC has received donations from pharmaceutical giants, health care companies, and the fossil fuel industry this year as nearly half of their members seek to delay a vote on the Democrats’ budget plan.

From Sludge
On August 10, 2021

Congress Won’t Stop Trading Stocks

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Researchers studying congressional stock ownership have found that the practice has effects on lobbying activity and potentially on market movements.

From Sludge
On July 27, 2021

Corporate Giants Mum on Chamber’s Lobbying Against Voting Rights Bill

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As the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spends big on lobbying against the For the People Act, some member companies earned low grades on a new voting rights scorecard.

From Sludge
On July 20, 2021

Pharma Companies Spend Billions More on Stock Buybacks Than Developing Drugs, House Report Finds

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The largest drugmakers spent $56 billion more on stock buybacks and dividends than on research and development from 2016 to 2020, according to a new House committee report.

From Sludge
On July 13, 2021

Infrastructure Month in Congress, For Real, This Time, Maybe

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Democrats have given themselves just a few weeks to pass a preliminary budget resolution for one of two infrastructure bills moving in tandem.

From Sludge
On July 8, 2021

Publicly-Funded Weapons Companies Donate to Election Objectors

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Top defense contractors have quietly restarted their PAC donations after a pause, including to Republican election objectors.

From Sludge
On June 22, 2021

Former ALEC State Chair Joe Manchin Continues to Do the Group’s Bidding

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Manchin echoes ALEC in calling the For the People Act too partisan.

From Sludge
On June 8, 2021

Biden’s $6 Trillion Budget, in Context

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The White House budget proposal, with its infrastructure and families plans, would only spend about a quarter of GDP, less than other wealthy countries spend.

From Sludge
On June 1, 2021

Senate Republicans Propose Cuts to Rural Broadband Plan

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Three lead negotiators of the Senate GOP's counter-proposal to Biden's infrastructure plan represent states ranked in the bottom 10 for broadband access.

From Sludge
On May 27, 2021