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House votes to cut $4B a year from food stamps

September 19, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

The Republican-run House of Representatives voted to cut spending on food stamps for the poor by $40 billion over 10 years on Thursday, defying a veto threat from the White House in the name of fiscal reform. Continue Reading

David Ward, Erskine, Minn., column: To avoid fiscal cliff, U.S.must take Ryan’s sharp turn

August 18, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Under Ryan’s proposal, spending goes from $3.8 trillion to $4.9 trillion over the next 10 years. That is not my definition of austerity. Continue Reading

Liberal group upside over cuts proposals threatens to pull Obama support

July 15, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

A liberal group upset over potential cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security delivered pledges today to President Barack Obama’s national campaign headquarters threatening to pull its support. Continue Reading

OUR OPINION: Earmarks can fulfill local, national interest

December 18, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

In their modern form, earmarks are not a bad way for Congress to “provide for … the general Welfare of the United States,” as the Constitution directs. They’re especially better than the alternatives, most of which are less transparent, less efficient or both. Continue Reading

OUR OPINION: Entitlements, not earmarks, are the key

November 14, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

The federal government is not in trouble because of earmarks.
The federal government is in trouble because of entitlements. That’s what’s prompting the use of the word “unsustainable” when people talk about the federal budget’s growth.
And that’s why all the talk about banning earmarks is a distraction. Continue Reading