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Vulnerable Democrats Push for Local Priorities in Budget
Congress
Vulnerable Democrats Push for Local Priorities in Budget

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne of Iowa was slow to get behind a $1 trillion infrastructure bill after the Senate passed it last month. It wasn't the price tag that tripped up the Democrat from a... Read More

U.S. Could Hit Debt Limit by Next Month
Congress
U.S. Could Hit Debt Limit by Next Month
2021-09-13 13:38:17
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON -- The Bipartisan Policy Center, a D.C.-based think tank, released an analysis on Friday projecting that the United States’ debt limit “X Date” will likely arrive between mid-October and mid-November of this year. The so-called x date represents the... Read More

House Leaders to Make Second Try at Budget Vote Tuesday
Political News
House Leaders to Make Second Try at Budget Vote Tuesday
2021-08-24 13:08:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The House will reconvene at noon Tuesday to take a second stab at ending a stalemate with 10 centrist members over a $3.5 trillion budget framework.  Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., and the other holdouts don’t necessarily oppose the... Read More

Democrats Eye Immigration Action in Budget, But Outlook Hazy
U.S. Senate
Democrats Eye Immigration Action in Budget, But Outlook Hazy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats and immigration advocates are staring at their best chance in years to overcome Republican opposition and give millions of people in the U.S. without legal authorization a way to become citizens. Their goal is to... Read More

Biden's Budget Seeks Bigger Investments And Expanded Authority For FDA
Federal Budget
Biden's Budget Seeks Bigger Investments And Expanded Authority For FDA
2021-06-02 19:28:23
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- The Biden Administration's 2022 budget, released at the end of last week, seeks significant spending increases for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  The fiscal year 2022 budget request sets out $6.5 billion for the FDA, an increase of... Read More

All Aboard! Biden to Help Amtrak Mark 50 Years on The Rails
Transportation
All Aboard! Biden to Help Amtrak Mark 50 Years on The Rails

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden, once a regular Amtrak rider, is set on Friday to help the nation's passenger rail system celebrate 50 years of service.As a U.S. senator, Biden was a fixture on Amtrak trains between his home... Read More

Pace of Spending for Pandemic Aid? Try $43,000 Every Second
Federal Budget
Pace of Spending for Pandemic Aid? Try $43,000 Every Second

BALTIMORE (AP) — To pay out his coronavirus relief package, President Joe Biden must spend an average of $3.7 billion every day for the rest of this year. That's $43,000 every second of every day until midnight chimes on 2022.   For the... Read More

Lawmakers a Step Closer to Averting Dec. 11 Government Shutdown
Congress
Lawmakers a Step Closer to Averting Dec. 11 Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON — Top appropriators reached bipartisan agreement Tuesday on a framework for an omnibus spending package that would avoid a partial government shutdown next month. The compromise forged between the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations committees sets spending allocations for the... Read More

Concord Coalition Weighs U.S. Deficit Against Pandemic’s Effect on Health Care Policy
Think Tanks
Concord Coalition Weighs U.S. Deficit Against Pandemic’s Effect on Health Care Policy
2020-11-13 15:41:56
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - With over 10.5 million Americans so far infected with COVID-19, the U.S. health care system’s focus has understandably been on strategies for combating the virus. Yet when the nation is finally able to shift back to handling longer-term... Read More

New Government Run Health Insurance Option Could Be More Expensive Than Initial Projections, Study Shows
Health
New Government Run Health Insurance Option Could Be More Expensive Than Initial Projections, Study Shows
2020-11-05 22:10:36
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON -- With Congress considering significant health care reforms, including creating a government-run health insurance plan called the public option, a new study shows that it could be significantly more expensive than previously estimated. The study, released by Lanhee J.... Read More

Committee for Responsible Federal Budget Estimates True Cost of Campaign Plans
Political News
Committee for Responsible Federal Budget Estimates True Cost of Campaign Plans
2020-10-12 14:33:43
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON -- The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, an independent non-profit organization, released its anticipated report on the estimated costs of both Trump’s and Biden’s campaign plans last week. Not surprisingly, they are very expensive plans.  Both candidates have... Read More

DRIVE LESS Act to Reduce Federal Spending on Government Vehicles Has Bipartisan Support
Federal Budget
DRIVE LESS Act to Reduce Federal Spending on Government Vehicles Has Bipartisan Support
2020-10-09 14:49:05
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON. – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., James Lankford, R-Okla., and Angus King, I-Maine, reintroduced their bipartisan legislation to save taxpayer dollars by reducing the federal funding available for the acquisition and leasing of new federal vehicles. The Domestic Reduction... Read More

Senate Votes to Advance Stopgap Spending Bill
Congress
Senate Votes to Advance Stopgap Spending Bill
2020-09-29 21:36:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted to advance a stopgap spending bill Tuesday night, the penultimate step to avoiding a government shutdown at midnight Wednesday. The vote to limit debate on the measure paves the way for a final vote in... Read More

CBO Long Term Outlook Report ‘Doesn’t Look Good’
Federal Budget
CBO Long Term Outlook Report ‘Doesn’t Look Good’
2020-09-28 13:48:52
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The Congressional Budget Office recently released two new outlook reports. These projections are an update of the U.S. deficit, debt, spending, and revenue over the next decade and beyond, given current laws in place. The pair of reports... Read More

US Budget Deficit Hits All-Time High of $864 Billion in June
Federal Budget
US Budget Deficit Hits All-Time High of $864 Billion in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government incurred the biggest monthly budget deficit in history in June as spending on programs to combat the coronavirus recession exploded while millions of job losses cut into tax revenues. The Treasury Department reported Monday... Read More

Budget Hawks Urge Lawmakers to Address COVID-19 Crisis, But Heed Its Lessons
Federal Budget
Budget Hawks Urge Lawmakers to Address COVID-19 Crisis, But Heed Its Lessons
2020-03-25 16:19:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Despite the fact the White House and Senate were able to reach a deal on a roughly $2 trillion stimulus bill early Wednesday, the U.S. economy is still facing a huge shock to its system, the president of... Read More

Blue Dogs Press Budget Committee to Produce a Budget
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs Press Budget Committee to Produce a Budget
2020-03-06 17:41:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition is calling on the House Budget Committee to live up to its name and produce a budget this year, in spite of the fact spending caps have been set through the end of the... Read More

Pentagon Proposal to Defund Stars and Stripes Sparks Uproar
Military
Pentagon Proposal to Defund Stars and Stripes Sparks Uproar
2020-02-18 13:25:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A Pentagon proposal to cut funding for Stars and Stripes is causing an uproar among media organizations and reporters covering the Defense Department who contend the independent newspaper remains a vital source of information for military personnel stationed... Read More

Blue Dogs Pan Trump Budget Proposal, Call for Bipartisan Effort to Fix It
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs Pan Trump Budget Proposal, Call for Bipartisan Effort to Fix It
2020-02-11 18:33:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's $4.8 trillion election year budget plan was largely panned on Capitol Hill and elsewhere Monday as just the latest example of a lack of fiscal discipline in the nation's capital. Trump’s fiscal 2021 plan does... Read More

Key Takeaways From Trump’s Budget Proposal
Federal Budget
Key Takeaways From Trump’s Budget Proposal

President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.8 trillion spending blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year that proposes billions more for defense and a U.S. mission to Mars but would cut deeply into other operations including the Environmental Protection Agency. The proposal,... Read More

Trump to Propose $4.8 Trillion Budget, Big Safety-Net Cuts
Political News
Trump to Propose $4.8 Trillion Budget, Big Safety-Net Cuts

President Donald Trump will propose a $4.8 trillion budget on Monday, with sharp cuts to safety-net programs and international aid, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing a senior administration official. The proposal would cut non-defense spending by 5% to $590... Read More

Blue Dogs Push for End to Budgeting by Continuing Resolution
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs Push for End to Budgeting by Continuing Resolution
2020-02-04 21:28:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats Monday called for an end to federal budgeting by temporary, continuing resolution, throwing their support behind a measure requiring Congress to pass all appropriations bills on time. H.R. 5226, the Funding... Read More

Blue Dogs Call on Congress to Put Forward a Budget
Congress
Blue Dogs Call on Congress to Put Forward a Budget
2020-01-14 16:06:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The co-chairs of a Blue Dog Coalition panel on fiscal responsibility and government reform blasted an assertion by a powerful committee chairman Monday that the House might just want to skip passing a divisive budget resolution this year.... Read More

Senate Clears Final Spending Package, Wraps for the Year
Federal Budget
Senate Clears Final Spending Package, Wraps for the Year

WASHINGTON — The Senate cleared two spending packages totaling $1.4 trillion Thursday, sending the measures to President Donald Trump ahead of a Friday deadline. Debate over the massive packages was tucked in between floor speeches about the House’s Wednesday vote... Read More

House Approves $1.4 Trillion Spending Plan
Political News
House Approves $1.4 Trillion Spending Plan
2019-12-17 21:46:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House voted Tuesday to pass a $1.4 trillion government-wide spending package, despite a disagreement over $1.4 billion for President Donald Trump's wall along the U.S. Mexico border. The two-bill package ballooned to some 2,371 pages after several... Read More

Gun Violence Research Could Be Funded by Congress for First Time in Two Decades
Guns
Gun Violence Research Could Be Funded by Congress for First Time in Two Decades

WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators agreed to spend $25 million to study gun violence in America next year, the first time in more than two decades that federal funds will be dedicated to researching the contentious issue. The National Institutes of... Read More

Appropriators Reach Spending Agreement, Fend Off Possible Government Shutdown
Federal Budget
Appropriators Reach Spending Agreement, Fend Off Possible Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats reached agreement “in principle” Thursday on $1.37 trillion in government funding, staving off the possibility of another shutdown just a week before spending is set to run out, according to Appropriations Committee leaders. The deal... Read More

Blue Dogs, Republicans Call for Agreement to Fund Government Through End of Fiscal Year
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs, Republicans Call for Agreement to Fund Government Through End of Fiscal Year
2019-12-13 14:56:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan coalition of House members sent a letter to House and Senate leadership Thursday calling for an agreement that will fully fund the federal government through the end of fiscal year 2020. The letter was signed by... Read More

Blue Dogs Support Taking a Bite Out of Skyrocketing National Debt
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs Support Taking a Bite Out of Skyrocketing National Debt
2019-12-11 19:59:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats on Thursday threw their support behind H.R. 5211, The Sustainable Budget Act of 2019, which would create a fiscal commission charged with balancing the federal budget within a decade. The bill... Read More

House Pushes ‘Dozen Bills or None’ Approach to Spending Talks
Federal Budget
House Pushes ‘Dozen Bills or None’ Approach to Spending Talks

WASHINGTON — House Democratic leaders are insisting that all 12 overdue spending bills for the current fiscal year must be finalized before any of them can reach the floor, according to sources familiar with strategy talks. The demand for some... Read More

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