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Littoral Combat Ships Shore Up Support, Despite Their Costs and Questions

The woes and ultimate truncation of a major Pentagon weapon acquisition program has become a Washington cliche.

Stating What Our Union Needs | Commentary

On Tuesday, President Obama will take the podium for the State of the Union address and lay out his legislative vision for 2014. An hour or so later, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington will respond on behalf of the Republican Party. In our previous lives as the Democratic governor of Virginia and the Republican governor of New Jersey, we have had the honor of delivering that response in 1986 and 1995, respectively.

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After Cutting to the Bone, a Little Relief for House Members and Committees

Three years of continuously shaving committee spending and cutting congressional office budgets have taken a toll on House operations, but leaders indicate they want to provide mild relief.

Spend Smarter, Not More | Commentary

This week, the government will run out of expenditure authority, but Congress is working to advance actual spending bills before the Wednesday deadline.

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AOC a Winner Among Legislative Branch Agencies in Omnibus

Preparations for the two-year Capitol Dome restoration brought renewed attention to deteriorating conditions of one of the world’s most iconic structures in late 2013, perhaps inspiring a funding package that would allow those projects to continue.

Employment Numbers Will Set Jobs Debate

The latest employment report out of the Bureau of Labor Statistics provided a case study in the difficulty of using the headline numbers to assess the jobs market and peg fiscal and monetary policy to the numbers.

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Lawmakers Will Tackle Packed Agenda Before Recess

In what has become a familiar scenario, the House and Senate have a full legislative plate and only until Jan. 18 to clean it, with a potential government shutdown on the line.

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For Poverty, Tax Code Debate Offers Little Consensus

With the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s declaration of a “war on poverty” triggering new congressional debates on fiscal issues, prominent members of both parties are trumpeting plans to limit poverty. For Democrats, the Wednesday anniversary is entwined with questions about income inequality, a theme the White House says it will emphasize this year.

Defense Budget Process for Fiscal 2015 Likely to Be More Stable

At least some of the uncertainty that plagued the fiscal 2014 defense budget process likely will be removed from the fiscal 2015 debate.

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Appropriators Keep Defense Cuts Close to the Vest

House and Senate Defense appropriators have been closely holding a secret, at the core of which lies the fate of hundreds of Pentagon programs facing billions of dollars in reductions from fiscal 2014 plans.

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Spending Bill On Track to Avert Shutdown

If it weren’t clear already that lawmakers — especially Republicans — want to avoid another government shutdown, the overwhelming optimism Monday that Congress will pass an omnibus spending measure for the first time in two years tips their hand.

Airlines Seek to Deny Funding for Overseas Customs Station

The dispute about Norwegian Air Service’s request to expand service to the United States piggybacks on the fight by American air carriers and their pilots to deny funding in fiscal 2014 spending legislation for a U.S. Customs and Border Protection preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi’s international airport.

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D.C. Budget Autonomy Advocates Celebrate New Law

In addition to commemorating the new year, local activists on Wednesday celebrated a milestone in the District’s fight for budget autonomy. A new law initiated by an April ballot referendum unlinks the local budget from the congressional appropriations process. The law, which was supported by 83 percent of D.C. voters, went into effect at midnight Wednesday.

Budget Deal Highlights Congress' Dishonesty | Commentary

Last week the long-awaited budget deal created by the House and Senate conference committee was made public. The deal fell far short of what is necessary for America to avoid a fiscal crisis, and even fell short of the low expectations fiscal conservatives have for Congress’ ability to reduce spending.

Not All Savings Are Created Equal | Commentary

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 is a reflection of the achievable: It is incremental and the product of a deeply divided government. For those concerned with the fiscal trajectory of the nation, there is more to like than dislike.

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Appropriators Finally Get Their Chance

Reading local newspaper editorials from coast to coast, you might get the sense that Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., have averted a January government shutdown.

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Budget Deal Is Better Than Nothing for Weakened Obama

This isn’t the budget deal President Barack Obama has been seeking for the past three years. It’s certainly not the deal he might have been able to conjure a year ago, when he had Republicans desperate to extend the expiring Bush tax cuts. But for a weakened president under water in the polls and facing the prospect of endless stalemate in Congress, it appears to be better than nothing.

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State, Local Hiring Are Finally Joining the Recovery

The latest employment numbers show a job market that is still in slow recovery, but one underlying trend suggests the economy may have finally turned a corner, raising hopes for broader improvement in 2014.

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Are Republicans Preparing to Block The Congressional Budget Deal?

House and Senate negotiators have unveiled their budget blueprint to partially undo the sequester, but ardent defenders of 2011’s automatic spending cuts sought to undercut the agreement even before it was announced.

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Nita Lowey, Carrying the Banner for Appropriations

Since being named to the bicameral budget conference committee this fall, New York Democrat Nita M. Lowey has used her position on the 29-member panel to push the concerns of not only Democrats but appropriators from both sides of the aisle.

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