Budget, Finance & Taxes

Trump-Backed Coast Guard Icebreaker Runs Aground in House Bill

The future of the U.S. Coast Guard’s mission in the Arctic could be in jeopardy, as a draft House spending measure approved today wouldn’t fund a new polar icebreaker that had received backing from President Donald Trump.

Government Reshuffle Plan Still Lacking in Details, Senators Say

Senators demanded more details about President Donald Trump’s plan to revamp the federal government as an administration official said the White House was looking into carrying out about a third of the recommendations without congressional approval.

“The proposals are at varying degrees of specificity,” said Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The administration’s plan contains about 32 proposals, of which 10 to 12 are under review this summer to determine whether they may be able to be done in whole or in part without legislation, Weichert said.

Democrats Object as Transit Grants Get the Gateway Treatment

Critical rail and bus rapid transit projects could be collateral damage in the Trump administration’s crusade against the Gateway Project, Democratic appropriators said in response to a letter by the agency overseeing transit grants.

Parties Split on Trump Plan to Merge Government Agencies

The Trump administration’s plan to reorganize the federal government drew skepticism at a House oversight hearing from Democrats doubtful that the administration has the best interests of the federal workforce in mind, while Republicans praised any move to improve bureaucratic inefficiency.

In/Site: Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS)

On Thursday, June 21st, Bloomberg Government will hosted a client-exclusive breakfast with Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS). Senator Moran is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and chairman of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Subcommittee. The conversation covered a wide range of topics, including FY19 appropriations, VA reforms and the farm bill.

Senate Sends Trump Message on Drones, Transit in Spending Bill

President Donald Trump’s administration should follow the lead of Congress on transportation priorities, Senate appropriators made clear in a spending bill and accompanying committee report.

Pentagon Renovation

New Money, Old Secrecy: Pentagon Keeps Troop, Budget Data Tight

The Pentagon will be the beneficiary of a big cash infusion as lawmakers divvy up the spoils from a spring congressional funding accord. Yet more money hasn’t meant more transparency in how it’ll be spent, and lawmakers overseeing the defense budget have aided some of the secrecy.

Kill the Zombies? FEC Mulls What to Do About Undead Campaigns

Donors, nonprofits and a lawmaker are urging the Federal Election Commission to make it harder for a dead political career to keep feeding, zombie-like, at the money left in a dormant campaign account.

Airports Hurt by Trump Mar-a-Lago Travel Could Soon See Relief

Airports and businesses could get paid when they have to close for President Donald Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Lago or his other vacation spots.

OMB To Give Agencies New Guidelines for Guidance Docs: Source

The Office of Management and Budget is set to publish as early as this week more specific directions to agencies about issuing guidance documents, according to a source familiar with the discussions.