3 results for tag: spending


State Dept. wants more taxpayer money to cover FOIA requests from Clinton email scandal

Hillary Clinton’s emails aren’t just a hot topic this election season—they’re a taxpayer expense thanks to an extra flood of Freedom of Information Act requests that has the State Department scrambling. In the wake of controversy over Clinton’s private email server, State Department officials have asked for a major increase in their record-keeping budget. The Washington Examiner reports: Heather Higginbottom, deputy secretary of state for management and resources, said Tuesday in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the State Department received 22,000 FOIA requests in 2015. That was a significant uptick ...

GOP leaders still sparring with Democrats over long-term spending package, preparing stopgap bill

House Republican leaders are endeavoring to avoid a government shutdown by creating a short-term spending bill that will go to a vote Friday, multiple sources say. The bill would keep the government funded until Republicans and Democrats can come to an agreement on a longer-term spending package. Politico has the details: GOP leaders are still wrestling with how long the new bill would fund the government for, but several aides on both sides of the aisle said it would extend spending authority until sometime from Dec. 16 to Dec. 18. The stopgap is necessary because Republicans and Democrats have not reached agreement on a long-term spending ...

House, Senate strike tentative deal to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank, extend pricey highway bill

Congressional negotiators from both the House and Senate Tuesday came to a tentative agreement on a $305 billion highway bill that would extend federal transportation funding for five years and reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. The Hill has the details: The resulting 1,300-page bill, paid for with gas tax revenue and a package of $70 billion in offsets from other areas of the federal budget, comes just days before transportation spending is set to expire on Dec. 4. The measure calls for spending approximately $205 billion on highways and $48 billion on transit projects over the next five years. It also reauthorizes the controversial Export-...