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Grants Database Urged

March 28, 1997 Picking up where the House's new "Truth in Testimony" rule left off, the Heritage Foundation is urging freshman Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, to sponsor legislation that would create an Internet database of all federal grants and procurement contracts. The Truth in Testimony rule requires that witnesses who are slated to...

Gored by an Old Law

March 11, 1997 "The Executive Mansion is besieged, if not sacked," a gaggle of critics in the Senate declared, "and its corridors and chambers are crowded each day with the ever-changing, but never-ending, throng." No, this purplish declaration didn't come from anybody in a lather over the courting of money givers by Bill...

Crashing Computers

March 3, 1997 In the mid-1980s, officials at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), prompted by the need to handle an ever-growing mountain of tax returns more efficiently, decided to overhaul the agency's aging computers. Give us enough money, they told Congress, and we'll not only bring in $40 billion in extra tax revenues...

Keeping the Revolution Alive

February 10, 1997 Did someone say the Republican fervor for revolution is fading in Congress? That's certainly not happening in the Senate, where members of the classes of 1994 and 1996 continue to storm the barricades. On Jan. 29, Rod Grams of Minnesota reintroduced a bill to eliminate the Energy Department. The next...

Rare Reports on the Web

January 13, 1997 If anyone other than a Member of Congress asked the Congressional Research Service (CRS) for copies of the reports the agency writes, the answer would be an emphatic "no." But a Washington-based science interest group called the Committee for the National Institute for the Environment somehow has managed to make...

Sen. Thompson's Busy Month

December 23, 1996 It's been a busy month for Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., the incoming chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee. Assigned to chair hearings into alleged campaign finance violations during the presidential campaign, Thompson has been picking his top aides and preparing to go public with the investigation as early as February,...

Bah, Humbug!

December 20, 1996 Those libertarian grumps at the Cato Institute even use Santa to pursue their ideological Clauses, uh, causes. To their holiday cards -- which feature the requisite red sleigh and a bag full of toys -- the Cato crusaders have added the caption: "Santa will be a little late this year."...

Promises, Promises

December 14, 1996 provocative and disturbing chapter of a soon-to-be-published book by the redoubtable Brookings Institution has been making the prepublication rounds in Washington. Titled ``The Unfulfillable Promise,'' the chapter is a woeful portent of forthcoming federal budgets. Surprisingly, however, the ``unfulfillable promise'' is not the stuff of welfare, medicare or social security,...

The House's Net Dilemma

December 9, 1996 When the House Republican Conference late last month approved a new House rule that requires committees to put their documents on the Internet, it created a quandary that only lawyers could love. The proposed rule directs each House committee to "make its publications available in electronic form." But online activists...

GOP Cure For FDA's Ills

December 9, 1996 If they're planning to pick an agency insider to replace Food and Drug Administration commissioner David A. Kessler, White House officials may face a battle on Capitol Hill. Several of Kessler's deputies -- Michael Freidman, Mary Pendergast and William Schultz -- appear to be in the running. But congressional Republicans...

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