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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

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

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

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

Groups Call on Congress: Fund Your Staff

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The average Hill staffer stays for only about three years, with many moving to become lobbyists.

From Sludge
On May 18, 2021

Lockheed-Backed Reps Lobby Against F-35 Spending Cuts

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As the F-35 fighter comes under Pentagon review for potential cuts, bipartisan groups of lawmakers are calling to continue high levels of spending on the troubled $1.7 trillion program.

From Sludge
On May 12, 2021

House Progressives Ask Biden to Significantly Cut the Pentagon Budget

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Over 50 members of Congress are calling on President Biden to "significantly" cut military spending in next year's budget and invest in social needs.

From Sludge
On March 30, 2021