Congress returns to face funding deadline

Sep 9, 2019
A busy agenda, including a looming deadline for a spending deal, awaits lawmakers returning from their summer recess.
The House of Representatives and Senate have about a dozen working days to hammer out 12 separate spending bills. Above, the U.S. Capitol.
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Congress moves ahead with deal to avoid shutdown

Feb 14, 2019
President Trump says he will sign the spending bill, and declare a “national emergency” to build a border wall.
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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 […]

We dodged another government shutdown

Mar 23, 2018
It was a busy week in Washington.
President Donald Trump gestures to the $1.3 trillion spending bill passed by Congress early Friday, with Vice President Mike Pence, center, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, left, at the White House.
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DACA students are not yet living the dream

Mar 23, 2018
The $1.3 trillion spending bill doesn't include a permanent solution for people brought into the country illegally when they were children.
Dozens of immigration advocates and supporters attend a rally outside of Trump Tower along Fifth Avenue in August  in New York City.
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After another shutdown, she's changing her definition of uncertainty

Jan 22, 2018
Lisa Goldenberg, president of the Delaware Steel Co., on how "the bar's been pushed way out."
The U.S. Capitol at dusk on Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C.
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House backs temporary spending bill to avert a shutdown

Dec 21, 2017
The wrap-up measure allows Republicans controlling Washington to savor their tax-package win this week.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and Rep. Michelle Lynn Lujan Grisham (D-NM) participate in a House Rules Committee meeting as negotiations continue on funding the government to avert a shutdown at midnight on Friday night, at the U.S. Capitol on December 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
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While you slept, the government stopped

Oct 1, 2013
Congress did not strike a deal last night on a spending bill, which means a government shutdown is now in effect.