budget

CD171: 2,232 Pages

In a special crossover episode of The David Pakman Show on YouTube, hear the infuriating story of how the 2,232 page “omnibus” government funding bill became law , discover a provision snuck into law that further erodes privacy rights, learn why only some stoners and legit medical marijuana patients are protected by the omnibus, and hear about some strange provisions that appear to give free reign to the intelligence agencies for the next six months. Read More

CD169: Fiscal Recklessness

Another shutdown, another dingleberry-filled temporary funding law! In this episode, learn about the new law that reopened the government after the 6 hour shutdown by providing funding until March 23 and be one of the few people in the country who will know about the random goodies that hitchhiked their way into law. Miranda Hannah joins Jen for the thank yous.

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CD127: The Fast Act (The Transportation Funding Law)

Transportation: We all need it, and Congress funded it. In this episode, we take a detailed look into the FAST Act, which funds our national transportation network for the next five years.

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CD110: Government Funding Crisis of 2015

Government shutdown ahead! On December 11th, the government is scheduled to run out of money. In this episode, hear the story of how we ended up on the brink of a shutdown (again) and what you can expect in the next few weeks (hint: A huge must-sign bill that includes lots of corporate favors).

We also take a look at the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, signed into law in November, which raised the debt ceiling and set the overall budget amount for the giant government funding bill to come.

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CD086: The CRomnibus Hearing


In this special episode, Matt Acalin joins Jen to watch the only hearing that will ever take place regarding the 1,603 page “CRomnibus”, which funds most of the government for 2015. Read More

CD075: The April Bills


This episode highlights the bills that passed the House of Representatives in April including a bill that makes it tougher for wage slaves to get health insurance, a bill that gives away weapons to other countries, a bill written for the banks that lets them gamble with risky financial products, and more. Read More

CD073: Amtrak


In this bonus episode, we look into the state of passenger rail service in the United States by examining the history and current condition of Amtrak, the only choice for passenger rail service in the nation. Read More

CD061: State of the Budget


This episode is a mash-up of the State of the Union and the 2014 budget. We compare the impression President Obama gave us about what to expect for this upcoming year with the reality of what was funded in the last-minute and little-examined budget which he signed into law just two weeks before the speech. Read More

CD013: Surveillance, Stupidity, & Drones


The House passes a surveillance bill masked as pediatric research and then wastes our time. Also, highlights from the leaked legal justification for the Obama Administration’s “lawful” drone bombing of American citizens. Read More

H.R. 444: Require a Plan Act

The “Require a Plan Act” was such a waste of time, I can’t even believe I have to write about it. It requires President Obama to submit a second budget if his first one for 2014 isn’t balanced, even though the budget is 100% Congress’ job. Read More