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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.

Farm Bill Talks Show Promise for 2014 Passage

Despite a rocky journey that’s taken more than two years, the principal negotiators in a farm bill conference showed new signs of optimism Wednesday — but not for passing a final bill before January.

We Ain't Broke | Commentary

America is not broke. Our country is making great strides toward energy independence and to position itself as the world’s largest oil producer. For the first time since early 1995, U.S. oil production exceeded imports, and it will surpass Saudi Arabia’s output by 2020.

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House GOP Appropriators in a Budget Conference Pickle

Democrats on both sides of the Capitol wonder if House Republicans would be able to pass a one-year continuing resolution that holds spending at the sequester levels of $967 billion, a number being pushed by hard-line conservatives who count among them Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

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Some Lawmakers See Bipartisan Potential in Manufacturing Measures

Offshoring became a mantra for corporate America in the past decade, as companies shifted production abroad to save on wages and overhead. Now, a halting recovery in manufacturing employment in the United States — fueled by low domestic energy costs and rising wages in emerging economies — has pushed the industry to the front of a new bipartisan drive to spur job creation before the 2014 elections.

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Tom Cole: Custodian of America's 'Crown Jewels'

At 8:15 a.m. Friday, Rep. Tom Cole sat in his Rayburn office poring over a briefing on the spending bill that supports the roof over his head, the Capitol Dome and other iconic structures around the campus.

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Earmark Ban Hits Lobbyists' Influence on Spending Bills

If the lobbying world of K Street was as powerful as its public image, earmarks would be back in full force in Congress — or, maybe, they never would have gone away.

For Some, Absence of Earmarks Brings 'Pure Insanity'

The number of clients looking for help navigating the appropriations process has taken a sharp decline. Last year, about 3,500 clients retained lobbyists for help in budget and appropriations matters, according to Lobbying Disclosure Act data compiled by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.




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