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Congress Passes Budget That Funds Government Through May 5

Congress Passes Budget That Funds Government Through May 5

WASHINGTON (AP) — With just hours to spare, Congress easily approved a short-term spending bill Friday that would prevent a partial federal shutdown over the weekend. But on President Donald Trump’s 99th day in office, lawmakers were leaving until next week without completing two other measures he’s coveted: A Republican health care overhaul and a […]

Democrats: Dropping Border Wall Demand Will Lead to Budget Deal

Democrats: Dropping Border Wall Demand Will Lead to Budget Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump could avert the risk of a government shutdown this weekend by stepping back from his demand that lawmakers fund his promised border wall with Mexico in a must-pass spending bill, Congress’ two top Democrats said Monday. “If the president stepped out of it, we could get a budget done […]

Ill. Fails, Again, to Pass Budget, Putting Families and Schools at Risk

Ill. Fails, Again, to Pass Budget, Putting Families and Schools at Risk

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois appears poised to enter a second year without a budget after lawmakers finished their legislative session without agreement on a spending plan, setting up a November electoral showdown while public schools and social service providers brace for an uncertain future. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s suggestion for a last-minute, short-term budget […]

Ill. Lawmakers Consider Stopgap Way to Fund Homeless Shelters

Ill. Lawmakers Consider Stopgap Way to Fund Homeless Shelters

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois homeless shelters struggling to get by without state aid during the budget stalemate could get a much-needed financial boost through specialty scratch-off lottery tickets. A bipartisan measure pending in the Illinois Legislature would create a new $3 scratch ticket and designate all the proceeds beyond administrative costs and prize money […]

Five Things to Know if Parts of DHS Close Friday

Five Things to Know if Parts of DHS Close Friday

WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at expected consequences if lawmakers don’t solve the budget impasse that could shut parts of the Homeland Security Department at midnight Friday night: NOT SO DIRE There’s plenty of overheated rhetoric from the administration and its allies in Congress about the U.S. letting down its guard against security threats. In […]

New Definition of Inflation Could Hurt Working Families

New Definition of Inflation Could Hurt Working Families

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s proposal to change the way the government measures inflation could lead to fewer people qualifying for college grants and anti-poverty programs, reduced benefits for seniors and veterans, and higher taxes for low-income families. If adopted across the government, the new inflation measure would have far-reaching effects because so […]

As Budgets Improve Some States are Socking Away the Cash

As Budgets Improve Some States are Socking Away the Cash

PHOENIX (AP) — States starting to turn the corner on their Great Recession budget woes are taking the cautious approach, socking away millions of dollars in rainy day funds rather than restoring spending for education, health care and social services. At least 21 states, including Arizona, Michigan and Ohio, are putting parts of their surpluses […]

Return to Sender

Return to Sender

ARKANSAS – On a recent morning, a small crowd gathered in the freshly swept parking lot of the Lambrook, Ark., post office, a simple brick building with white trim. Word had spread quickly through the rural community of fewer than 100 residents that a meeting was being called that evening to talk about the U.S. […]