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Data: House Committee on Appropriations; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is being targeted for the largest collective earmark request in the country, according to a detailed breakdown of overall requests released by the House Appropriations Committee.

Why it matters: House appropriators are trying to balance bipartisan momentum for infrastructure investment with "pork-barrel" spending's checkered political history. The data dump is an effort to provide transparency for what are now termed "community project funding" requests.

  • The Appropriations Committee released details on nearly 3,000 requests.
  • House members are limited to 10 requests each, according to committee guidelines, but there's no overall dollar limit.
  • The Texas ZIP Code leading the U.S. in terms of earmark requests is home to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the country's fourth busiest.
  • While it's targeted for the most funding in terms of the sums requested, there's no guarantee each of the three requests made for it — filed by three different lawmakers — will be fulfilled.

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Updated Aug 9, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Senate Democrats release $3.5 trillion budget resolution

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (right) and Budget Committee Chair Bernie Sanders. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Monday released the full text of Democrats' $3.5 trillion budget resolution, which the Senate is expected to pass without any Republican votes as early as this week.

Why it matters: Passing the resolution is the first significant step to enacting Democrats' plans to overhaul the country's climate, child care and health care laws through the budget reconciliation process.

The hard math behind America's labor shortage

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Congressional Budget Office; Chart: Axios Visuals

Yes, the pandemic has created unusual temporary labor market dynamics. But in the bigger picture, the 2010s were a golden age for companies seeking cheap labor. The 2020s are not.

The big picture: In the 2010s, the massive millennial generation was entering the workforce, the massive baby bo0m generation was still hard at work, and there was a multi-year hangover from the deep recession caused by the global financial crisis.

Advocates fret Roe v. Wade's 49th anniversary could be its last

Photo: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Women's March Inc

As Saturday marks the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court's landmark decision that legalized abortion access in the U.S., advocates warn the ruling is "more at risk now than ever."

The big picture: The Supreme Court in December heard a challenge to a Mississippi 15-week abortion ban that could throw Roe's survival into question, or at least narrow its scope.