CD260: Failure to Fund with Graham Elwood

CD260: Failure to Fund with Graham Elwood

Oct 9, 2022

Congress has failed to fund the government on time again. In this episode, Graham Elwood joins Jen as she geeks out on all the dingleberries attached to the new law extending Congress’s funding deadline until December 16th.

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Graham Elwood

Government Secrets Podcast with Lee Camp and Graham Elwood

Political Vigilante Podcast

Executive Producer Recommended Sources

“From the Archive: Joe Hickman Blew the Whistle on Burn Pits 5 Years Ago.” August 8, 2022. The Peter Collins Show.

Background Sources

Recommended Congressional Dish Episodes

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FDA User Fees

Katie Hobbins. Oct 3, 2022. “FDA User Fee CR Passed, Questions on Policy and Reform Riders Remain.” Medical Device + Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI).

New Mexico Fire

Ryan Boetel. Sept 29, 2022. “$2.5 billion for fire damage relief included in spending bill.” Albuquerque Journal.

Associated Press. Jun 21, 2022. “US Forest Service admits ‘multiple miscalculations’ caused New Mexico fire.” The Guardian.

Elizabeth Miller and Jason Samenow. May 5, 2022. “Large fires are raging in New Mexico, and the worst may be coming.” The Washington Post.

Republicans and Disaster Relief Funding

Sharon Zhang. Oct 3, 2022. “Every Single Florida House Republican Voted Against Disaster Relief Funding.” Truthout.

Zach Schonfeld. Oct 3, 2022. “Gaetz asks for Florida hurricane aid after voting against CR with FEMA funding.”

Lauren Book. Oct 3, 2022. “Today, President Biden included additional Florida counties as those considered major disaster areas…” [tweet]

Sanjana Karanth. Oct 2, 2022. “Florida Senators Request More Federal Aid Despite Not Voting For Hurricane Relief.” HuffPost.

Anna Skinner. Sept 30, 2022. “Matt Gaetz Votes Against Disaster Relief Days After Hurricane Ian Hits.” Newsweek.

Sergio Bustos. Sept 30, 2022. “Marco Rubio, Rick Scott urge Senate leaders for more funds to recover, rebuild Florida after Hurricane Ian.” Tallahassee Democrat.

Patrick Leahy. Sept 9, 2022. “Hurricane Ian shows reason for FEMA Disaster Relief Fund.” Vermont Biz.

Jackson Water Crisis

Anthony Warren. Sept 30, 2022. “$20 million federal allocation for Jackson water clears House of Representatives.” Jackson WLBT.

Michael Goldberg. Sept 27, 2022. “Funds to aid Jackson’s water system held up as governor rose.” Yahoo News.

Annie Snider and Lara Priluck. Sept 21, 2022. “House appropriators eye as much as $200M for Jackson water crisis.” Politico.

James Brasuell. Aug 20, 2022. “Water Supply Failure in Jackson, Mississippi.” Planetizen.

Continuing Resolution

Aidan Quigley. Sept 30, 2022. “Stopgap funding bill clears House; next stop is Biden’s desk.” Roll Call.

David Hawkings. Sept 7, 2016. “What Is a Continuing Resolution?” Roll Call.


James Bradley. Oct 4, 2022. “Why does a hurricane relief bill have money for Ukraine in it? Seriously.” [tweet]

Emily Cochrane. Sept 29, 2022. “Senate Passes Bill to Aid Ukraine and Avert Government Shutdown.” The New York Times.

Chelsey Cox. Sept 29, 2022. “Senate passes stopgap funding bill to avert government shutdown, provide more Ukraine aid.” CNBC.

Jackie Walorski Crash

Marek Mazurek. Sept 16, 2022. “Crash that killed U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, 3 others due in part to ‘excessive speed.'”


“Appropriations Status Table: FY2023.” Congressional Research Service.

Jeff Sachs

Jeff Sachs on Bloomberg Global Financial News LIVE. Oct 3, 2022. “This is a path of dangerous escalation.”

Bono. Apr 18, 2005. “The 2005 TIME 100: Jeffrey Sachs.” TIME.

Peter Passell. Jun 27, 1993. “Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Shock Therapist.” The New York Times.

Campaign Contributions from the Defense Industry

“Defense: Top Recipients: 2020” Open Secrets.


Craig Whitlock. The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War. Simon & Schuster: 2021.

Spencer Ackerman. Apr 29, 2013. “How the CIA’s Bags of Cash Undermined the Afghanistan War.”

U.S. Infrastructure and Global Rankings

“United Nations Sustainable Development Report Rankings.”

“The Global Competitiveness Report, 2019.”

Contaminated Water in the United States

Gloria Oladipo. Sep 6, 2022. “Toxic arsenic levels make tap water unsafe for thousands in New York City.” The Guardian.

Emily Holden et. al. Feb 26, 2021. “More Than 25 Million Americans Drink From the Worst Water Systems.” The Guardian.

Maura Allaire. Feb 12, 2018. “National trends in drinking water quality violations.” The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 115(9).

Paul Pelosi Chip Stock

Caroline Vakil. Jul 27, 2022. “Pelosi’s husband sells off up to $5 million worth of chipmaker stock ahead of semiconductor bill vote.” The Hill.

Starbucks Unionization

“Current Starbucks Statistics.” Union Election Data.

Laws and Treaties

H.R.6833: Making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2023, and for other purposes

Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate

Protocols to the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949 on the accession of Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic

Vote breakdown

Audio Sources

Jeff Sachs on Bloomberg Global Financial News LIVE

Oct 3, 2022

Jeff Sachs: The main fact is that the European economy is getting hammered by this by the sudden cut off of energy. And now to make it definitive the destruction of the Nord Stream pipeline, which I would bet was a US action, perhaps the US and Poland. This is a speculation — Bloomberg Host: That’s quite a statement. Why do you feel that that was a US action? What evidence do you have of that? Jeff Sachs: Well, first of all, there’s direct radar evidence that US helicopters, military helicopters that are normally based in Gdansk, we’re circling over this area. We also had the threats from the United States earlier in this year that one way or another, we are going to end Nord Stream. We also have a remarkable statement by Secretary Blinken, last Friday in a press conference, he says this is also a tremendous opportunity. It’s a strange way to talk if you’re worried about piracy on international infrastructure of vital significance. I know this runs counter to our narrative, that you’re not allowed to say these things in the West, but the fact of the matter is, all over the world, when I talk to people, they think the US did it. And by the way, even reporters on our papers that are involved tell me privately, “Well, of course,” but it doesn’t show up in our media.

House Session

September 30, 2022
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Senate Session

September 29, 2022

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Senate Session

April 30, 1998

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Music Presented in This Episode

Intro & Exit: Tired of Being Lied To by David Ippolito (found on Music Alley by mevio)

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