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  • House OKs year-end budget deal, sends legislation to Senate

    The House on Friday easily passed a $1.14 trillion spending bill to fund the government through next September, capping a peaceful end to a yearlong struggle over the budget, taxes, …


  • White House and Republican leaders reach budget deal

    The White House and congressional Republican leaders reached a budget agreement late Monday that would resolve the stalemate over paying for federal programs and could end the threat of another …


  • White House and GOP leaders appear close to budget deal

    WASHINGTON – The White House and congressional Republican leaders are close to reaching a bipartisan budget agreement that would resolve the stalemate over government funding and, if implemented, shift the …


  • Murray: No shutdown but budget fight continues

    Budget fight in Congress is far from over, Murray says.


  • Gov’t reopens after Congress ends 16-day shutdown

    WASHINGTON — The government reopened its doors Thursday after a battle-weary Congress approved a bipartisan measure to end a 16-day partial shutdown and avert the possibility of an economy-jarring default …


  • Obama signs deal into law to end shutdown

    WASHINGTON — Up against one last deadline, Congress raced to pass legislation Wednesday avoiding a threatened national default and ending a 16-day partial government shutdown along the strict terms set …


  • Spokane Airports leading legal challenge against FAA closures

    Spokane Airports is at the forefront of an expanding legal challenge to the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to close the Felts Field air control tower and 148 others at small …


  • Risch pessimistic about odds for progress in Congress

    Idaho’s junior U.S. senator sees little hope for breakthrough on some of the thorniest issues confronting Congress and the president this year. “In the short term I’m very, very pessimistic,” …


  • Murray: Senate will pass budget

    WASHINGTON – Count Washington Sen. Patty Murray among those confident the U.S. Senate will pass a budget this spring. The new Budget Committee chairwoman said Wednesday it’s time for her …


  • House OKs GOP budget, rejecting rival plans

    Republicans pushed an election-year, $3.5 trillion budget through the House on Thursday that relies on biting spending cuts and a revamping of Medicare to curb massive federal deficits, drawing a …


  • House GOP unveils budget blueprint

    Conservative Republicans controlling the House unveiled a budget blueprint today that combines slashing cuts to safety net programs for the poor with sharply lower tax rates in an election-year manifesto …


  • Cost estimate for insurance aid prompts questions

    Cost estimates for a key part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law have ballooned by $111 billion from last year’s budget, and a senior Republican lawmaker today demanded …


  • Budget, tax credits lead agendas of region’s lawmakers

    WASHINGTON – With just under a month left in 2011, the federal budget and tax breaks top Inland Northwest lawmakers’ year-end to-do lists. Three of 12 appropriations bills are on …


  • House approves debt-limit bill, sends it to Senate

    The House has approved emergency legislation to avoid an economy-rattling government default and slice federal spending by $2 trillion or more on a vote of 269 to 161.


  • Veteran Republicans keeping options open on debt

    The House’s rabble-rousing Republican freshmen and tea partyers have loudly refused to cut a deal as the GOP battles President Barack Obama over the government’s debt.


  • Rossi’s earmark stance questioned

    Republican Dino Rossi’s latest television commercial repeats an objection to certain types of federal spending known as earmarks that has become a hallmark of his campaign against incumbent U.S. Sen. …


  • Obama: All options on table as deficit panel starts work

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Tuesday that every politically painful choice must be considered – including spending cuts, tax increases, even changing the new health care law – as …


  • Plan spends more, for now

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Monday sent Congress a federal budget for the coming fiscal year that projects a near-record $1.27 trillion deficit, saying he would create a bipartisan …


  • White House: Budget deficit to top $1.8 trillion

    With the economy performing worse than hoped, revised White House figures point to deepening budget deficits, with the government borrowing almost 50 cents for every dollar it spends this year.


  • Congress approves spending plan

    WASHINGTON – The Democratically controlled Congress on Wednesday easily approved a $3.4 trillion spending plan, setting the stage for President Barack Obama to pursue the first major overhaul of the …


  • Democrats forge budget agreement

    WASHINGTON – Congressional Democrats sealed an agreement Monday night on a budget plan that would help President Barack Obama overhaul the health care system but allows his signature tax cut …


  • Congress advances huge budget plan

    WASHINGTON – Congressional Democrats overwhelmingly embraced President Obama’s ambitious and expensive agenda for the nation Thursday, endorsing a $3.6 trillion spending plan that sets the stage for the president to …


  • Democrats prune Obama’s budget

    WASHINGTON – Key Democratic leaders were performing major surgery Tuesday on President Barack Obama’s first budget plan in an effort to bring skyrocketing annual deficits under control, while preserving the …


  • Obama portrays his budget as inseperable from recovery

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama moderated his rhetoric about bonuses to executives at bailed out AIG Tuesday night, saying he was as angry as anyone at the payments but adding, …


  • Obama campaigns for budget

    COSTA MESA, Calif. – Striking a sharp populist tone, President Barack Obama used a town hall meeting here Wednesday to argue that he is “trying to bring balance back to …


  • Obama budget seeks control of federal student loans

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration has proposed a sweeping change in the $85 billion-a-year student loan industry, one that could fundamentally alter the business of lenders such as Sallie Mae. …


  • Combative Obama pledges budget fight

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama challenged the nation’s vested interests to a legislative duel Saturday, saying he will fight to change health care, energy and education in dramatic ways that …


  • Obama plan transfers wealth from richest

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama charted a dramatic new course for the nation Thursday with a bold but contentious budget plan proposing higher taxes for the wealthy and the first …


  • Obama proposes $3.6 trillion budget

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama charted a dramatic new course for the nation Thursday with a bold but contentious budget plan proposing higher taxes for the wealthy and the first …


  • Obama budget takes on farmers

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s budget signals that he is ready to reopen an often-ferocious political battle over farm subsidies, proposing to cut aid to large farms that receive big …

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