Indian Affairs

Schatz applauds return of White House policy council on Native American affairs

U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement on today’s announcement that Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice will soon convene the first White House

State Budget

Spending to skyrocket under budget deal

BY E.J. McMAHON The details apparently would get rancid if exposed to daylight, but Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders have announced the broad outlines of their budget deal for fiscal 2022, which began April 1. The final budget bills, including the all-important


A Forced March to Electrification for New York?

BY EDWARD RING The New York State Assembly this week adopted a bill requiring that all new passenger cars and trucks sold in the state be “zero-emissions”—that is, fully electric-powered—by 2035. Sponsored by the Assembly’s Environmental Conservation Committee chair, Steve

White House

Ready or not: The state of America’s military

BY GARY J. SCHMITT The General Accounting Office (GAO) just released a report detailing “readiness” levels for the US military. Readiness is measured by each of the services with respect to a unit’s ability to fight and accomplish the missions assigned to


Ten ways Congress can push back against China

BY DAN BLUMENTHAL The Senate is set to consider a raft of bipartisan legislation promoting competition with China. We have long argued that the US has been in a one-sided fight against an aggressive and insecure Chinese Communist Party, and bipartisan congressional efforts


McCUSKER: Biden budget stalls national security

BY ELAINE McCUSKER Last week, the Biden administration released a massive American Jobs Plan. In contrast, today the administration announced a proposed cut to the Defense Department budget. As recommended by the bipartisan Commission on the National Defense Strategy, the Department