Must-do bills in a divided Congress could lead to shutdown

An early December government shutdown is a real possibility, since a divided Congress can’t agree on military spending, Democrats insist on help for young immigrants and President Donald Trump’s position can change with each lawmaker he talks to. Most of Washington is focused on overhauling the nation’s tax code, but lawmakers face a combustible mix of must-do and could-do items, […]

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Partisan clash on Obamacare raises specter of government shutdown

Democrats accused President Trump of trying to sabotage the nation’s health-care system through his decision to halt payments to insurers meant to shore up the system, while Republicans countered Sunday that Trump is just pushing for a hard bargain. Trump’s decision, announced Friday after months of criticizing the payments as an insurance industry bailout, will throw in doubt the private insurance […]

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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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