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A $3.5 Trillion Question: What Is Budget Reconciliation? Here's An Explainer

September 16, 2021
Kelsey Snell, Eric McDaniel | NPR
Senate Democrats are working on a massive $3.5 trillion economic plan that, if passed, would make sizable federal investments in child care, immigration and climate change programs.
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President Signs Spending Stopgap Measure, Averting Government Shutdown

October 1, 2020
Kelsey Snell | NPR
President Trump signed a short-term spending bill into law early Thursday, about an hour after current funding levels expired and averting a federal government shutdown. Hours earlier the Senate voted 84-10 to approve the bill, which extends current funding levels and keeps the federal government open through Dec 11.
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House Passes Short-Term Funding Bill To Keep Government Running

September 23, 2020
Susan Davis | NPR
A stopgap funding bill to keep the government running through Dec. 11 passed the House 359-57 late Tuesday evening, with one lawmaker voting present. The bill was temporarily delayed over a heated dispute regarding farm aid.
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House, Senate on collision course over government funding as shutdown looms in nine days

September 22, 2020
Erica Werner | The Washington Post
House Democrats unveiled a short-term spending bill on Monday that Senate Republicans immediately denounced, raising the prospect of a government shutdown weeks before the November election.
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White House Asks Congress for Billions to Fight Coronavirus

February 25, 2020
Maggie Haberman, Noah Weiland, Emily Cochrane | The New York Times
The Trump administration, after weeks of pleading from lawmakers, asked Congress on Monday to allocate $1.25 billion in new emergency funds to bolster its coronavirus response.
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Trump proposes $4.8 trillion election-year budget with big domestic cuts

February 10, 2020
Erica Werner, Jeff Stein | The Washington Post
The White House is proposing a $4.8 trillion election-year budget Monday that would slash major domestic and safety net programs, setting up a stark contrast with President Trump’s rivals as voting gets under way in the Democratic presidential primary.
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Ahead Of Shutdown Deadline, Congress To Vote On Spending Bill

December 17, 2019
Kelsey Snell | NPR
After months of stalled negotiations, congressional leaders reached a deal on a $1.3 trillion spending package that would fund the government through September 2020.
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Congress returns to a gun debate and fight over funding the government

September 9, 2019
Manu Raju, Lauren Fox | CNN
Congress returns Monday from a month-long recess struggling to resolve the difficult politics of gun control while trying to avoid yet another government shutdown in the Trump era.
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‘We’re like Thelma and Louise’: Republicans shrug at deficits under Trump

July 24, 2019
Robert Costa, Mike DeBonis | The Washington Post
In 2011, with the nation still climbing back from the Great Recession, Republicans threatened global markets by refusing to raise the federal debt limit unless President Barack Obama and the Democrats agreed to steep across-the-board spending cuts for years to come. Eight years later — and $7.7 trillion more in debt — President Trump and GOP lawmakers have agreed this week to lift the debt ceiling again without a fuss, and with hundreds of billions in new spending on top of it.
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