AUTHOR ARCHIVES

Alex Brown

Alex Brown Alex Brown is a Technology reporter for National Journal.
Results 1-10 of 79

Ted Cruz Thinks NASA Spends Too Much Worrying About Climate Change

February 24, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If Ted Cruz is NASA's Grim Reaper, he doesn't talk like it. To hear the new chairman of the Senate's Space, Science, and Competitiveness Subcommittee talk about NASA is to hear none of the budget-slashing zeal that comes out when he talks about, say, the IRS. Instead, he talks at ...

Ted Cruz's Mission for NASA: More Space, Less Earth

February 24, 2015 If Ted Cruz is NASA's Grim Reaper, he doesn't talk like it. To hear the new chairman of the Senate's Space, Science, and Competitiveness Subcommittee talk about NASA is to hear none of the budget-slashing zeal that comes out when he talks about, say, the IRS. Instead, he talks at ...

Democrats Say a Short-Term DHS Bill Would Be Terrible. They May Vote for It Anyway.

February 24, 2015 For weeks, Democrats in Washington have warned that any short-term funding measure to keep the Homeland Security Department open would be irresponsible—and even dangerous. But they may well vote for it anyway. With just days until the agency's funding expires, some lawmakers have privately floated a short-term continuing resolution as ...

Why Democrats Won't Cave on Immigration to Avoid a Shutdown

February 19, 2015 Just a few months ago, Democrats couldn't get far enough away from President Obama's immigration policy. At the behest of red-state members, leadership pushed the White House to hold off on an executive action until after Election Day, worried that it would be the noose around the necks of the ...

Democrats Hit GOP Over National Security in Homeland Funding Bill Fight

February 5, 2015 The latest Capitol Hill spending fight, Democrats say, isn't just about the haphazard way in which Congress goes about funding the government. It's about Paris, the Islamic State—even 9/11. With Republicans seeking to use the Homeland Security Department spending bill to counteract President Obama's orders on immigration, Democrats are trying ...

Democrats Flip the Script on Security Spending

February 5, 2015 The latest Capitol Hill spending fight, Democrats say, isn't just about the haphazard way in which Congress goes about funding the government. It's about Paris, the Islamic State—even 9/11. With Republicans seeking to use the Homeland Security Department spending bill to counteract President Obama's orders on immigration, Democrats are trying ...

Obama Will Warn Republicans Against Homeland Security Shutdown

January 29, 2015 PHILADELPHIA—President Obama will strike a defiant tone today at a gathering of House Democrats, calling on Congress to roll back sequestration cuts and jabbing Republicans for threatening funding for the Homeland Security Department. Obama plans use the party retreat to preview his budget proposal, which will be released Monday. While ...

Obama, GOP Agree the US Needs New War Powers To Fight ISIS

January 14, 2015 Two weeks into a year already marked by a spate of veto threats, President Obama and congressional leaders met Tuesday with pledges to work together—and plenty of time spent parsing who's obstructing whom. Following a morning huddle at the White House attended by nearly 20 members of Congress, both Republicans ...

Obama, Hill Leaders Far Apart at White House Meeting

January 14, 2015 Two weeks into a year already marked by a spate of veto threats, President Obama and congressional leaders met Tuesday with pledges to work together—and plenty of time spent parsing who's obstructing whom. Following a morning huddle at the White House attended by nearly 20 members of Congress, both Republicans ...

The Best Bills That Went Nowhere in Congress

December 26, 2014 For a Congress that struggled to pass even the most basic of bills, the 113th didn't lack for imaginative proposals. Squelched in committee, locked in legislative logjam, and buried in obscurity were bills that would do everything from eliminating federal agencies to micromanaging D.C. traffic enforcement. As the year draws ...