Hill Republicans trying to avert a shutdown need Democrats — and Trump

Congressional Republicans are working aggressively to craft an agreement intended to keep the government open past April 28, but their bid to avert a shutdown hinges on courting Democrats wary of President Trump and skirting the wrath of hard-line conservatives and Trump himself. The murky path forward on government funding sparked unease Wednesday within the business community and at the […]

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In Trump’s future looms a familiar shutdown threat

Add a potential government shutdown to embattled President Donald Trump’s growing roster of headaches. Beneath the capital’s radar looms a vexing problem — a catchall spending package that’s likely to top $1 trillion and could get embroiled in the politics of building Trump’s wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and a budget-busting Pentagon request. While a shutdown deadline has a few […]

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Shutdown may be averted, but Washington’s budget plans are still a mess

In this budget season, Washington doesn’t have a problem with the vision thing. The president wants to make community colleges free, launch an ambitious public works program and plow $3 billion into the international Green Climate Fund. Republican appropriators want an even bigger military budget. The president of the American Enterprise Institute has advocated a package of tax credits to […]

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Boehner, GOP settle on strategy to prevent Oct. 1 shutdown

Top House Republicans hope to convince their members to keep the government open by using a fast-track process known as reconciliation to try to defund Planned Parenthood. House Republican leaders are planning to target Planned Parenthood’s funding by immediately drafting a fast-track reconciliation bill, according to a senior House GOP aide. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his lieutenants will lay […]

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Federal Agency Announces Temporary Shutdown of Hacked Database

Hackers linked to China are believed to have stolen records for as many as 18 million current and former employees (WASHINGTON) — The federal personnel agency whose records were plundered by hackers linked to China announced on Monday the temporary shutdown of a massive database used to update and store background investigation records after newly discovering a flaw that left […]

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House Democrats Save DHS From Shutdown, Republicans From Themselves

With just hours to go before a midnight deadline, Congress passed a one-week extension to fund the Department of Homeland Security and prevent sending 30,000 government employees home on furlough. The vote ended a tumultuous day in the House as Republican Speaker John Boehner and his aides lost control of their right flank, failing to deliver a three-week funding measure […]

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