President Trump threatens shutdown as Congress works towards a deal

Jul 31, 2018
In tweets and in statements to the press, Trump says he’s willing to force a government shutdown over funding for a border wall. But Congress is actually making better progress than usual.
President Donald Trump.
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Will federal funding fix help prevent forest fires?

Jun 5, 2018
The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources is holding a hearing on the 2018 Wildland Fire Outlook and Wildland Fire Management Programs today. This comes just a few months after a so-called “fire funding fix” was included in the omnibus spending bill. Last year the costs to fight wildfires exceeded $2 billion. Click the […]

Why budgets of federal agencies are “use-it-or-lose-it”

Mar 27, 2018
Federal agencies are now trying to figure out how to spend billions of dollars in the next six months. President Donald Trump signed the $1.3 trillion spending bill Congress sent him last week, unleashing funding for fiscal year 2018, which is already half over. It’s a use-it-or-lose it situation for federal agencies. Click the audio player […]