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U.S. construction spending up a strong 1.4 percent in October

U.S. construction spending surged 1.4 percent in October, the best gain in five months, with all major categories of building posting gains.

Tax-cut debate ignores budget reality

We’ve been through enough cycles of power change in Washington, D.C., to say with certainty that neither political party is serious about balancing the budget.

U.S. construction spending up 0.3 percent in September

U.S. construction spending increased 0.3 percent in September as the biggest advance in government building activity in four months offset weakness in other areas.

Amazon, Facebook and Google beef up lobbying spending

Facebook, Google and Amazon bolstered their lobbying spending in the past three months as Washington takes a closer look at the market power of some of America’s biggest tech companies.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 12:20 p.m.

GOP budgets to permit first steps on tax overhauls

Congressional Republicans on Wednesday kicked off debate on House and Senate budget plans that promise slashing cuts to social programs – but whose real purpose is to grease the skids …

U.S. construction spending rebounded 0.5 percent in August

U.S. construction spending rebounded in August after two months of declines, helped by strength in home building, nonresidential construction and state and local government construction.

Madrid tightens grip over Catalan spending to quash vote

MADRID – Spain’s central authorities have increased their control over Catalonia’s regional spending to make sure that no funds are diverted to paying for a suspended independence referendum, the country’s …

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 4:43 p.m.

House passes $1.2 trillion spending bill

The Republican-led House on Thursday passed a sweeping $1.2 trillion spending bill that provides billions more dollars for the military while sparing medical research and popular community development programs from …

U.S. construction spending drops 0.6 percent in July

U.S. construction spending fell in July for the third time in four months as strength in home construction was not enough to offset weakness in nonresidential building and government projects.

McConnell says ‘zero chance’ Congress will fail to raise debt ceiling

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Monday that there was “zero chance, no chance” Congress would fail to raise the debt ceiling by late September, though he offered no …

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 2:48 p.m.

Defense to get historically high share of research budget

The Pentagon and other security agencies’ outsize consumption of federal research money would grow further under Republican plans, while nondefense research spending would drop, sometimes dramatically, a new congressional report …

Robert J. Samuelson: Health care debate emotional, not rational

What we want as individuals (unlimited care) may not be good for the larger society (overspending on health care).

U.S. retail sales slide 0.3 percent, biggest drop in 16 months

Americans cut spending at gasoline stations, department stores and electronics shops in May as retail sales registered their biggest drop in 16 months, a cautionary sign for the economy.

UPDATED: Wed., June 7, 2017, 2:07 p.m.

Canada to increase military spending 70 percent in 10 years

Canada’s defense chief says the country plans a sharp increase in military spending.

Trump team defends budget; lawmakers have serious doubts about plan

President Donald Trump’s budget chief delivered a spirited defense of the plan’s deep spending cuts, but his agriculture secretary offered only a half-hearted endorsement of proposed reductions to farm subsidies …

Montana U.S. House race sparks record campaign spending

Campaign spending ahead of Thursday’s special election to fill Montana’s only U.S. House seat continued to surge deep into record territory, with at least $17 million flowing into the race …

UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017, 7:11 p.m.

Trump signs $1 trillion spending bill, keeps government open

President Donald Trump signed his first piece of major legislation on Friday, a $1 trillion spending bill to keep the government operating through September.

UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017, 6:28 p.m.

Senate OKs bill to fund government through September

The Senate voted on Thursday to approve a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund government through September, preventing the risk of a government shutdown.

UPDATED: Wed., May 3, 2017, 2:47 p.m.

House passes $1.1 trillion government spending bill, sends to Senate

The House easily passed a $1.1 trillion governmentwide spending bill on Wednesday, awarding wins to both Democrats and Republicans while putting off until later this year fights over President Donald …

Samuelson: Gap between expectations, taxation too wide

Our wants and needs from government exceed our willingness to be taxed.

UPDATED: Mon., May 1, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

Congressional spending compromise includes protection for Washington’s marijuana industry

Congress is scheduled to vote on a $1 trillion spending package this week that will keep in place a restriction on the Justice Department from using its share to go …

UPDATED: Sun., April 30, 2017, 10:40 p.m.

Lawmakers tap unspent campaign money for suits, meals, decor

Since the election, more than a dozen state lawmakers have spent thousands of surplus campaign money on suits, flights, meals, charities and office furnishings, according to a review of state …

UPDATED: Tue., April 25, 2017, 9:02 p.m.

Shutdown? New president, same old government brinkmanship

There’s an unconventional new president in the White House. And the Republicans now have a new lock on both ends of Washington’s Pennsylvania Avenue. But the capital city is still …

City Council seeks more control of how Police Department uses seized funds

The panel is set to vote on a bill Monday that will put the spending of money seized from suspected criminals under their authority and require regular public reports.

Obama-era law could help Democrats block Trump’s budget

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump proposed an ambitious budget Thursday morning, calling for severe cuts across most of the federal government and a major increase in military spending. It would …

U.S. construction spending drops 1 percent in January

Builders cut back on construction spending in January by the largest amount in nine months, with weakness stemming from the biggest reduction in government activity in nearly 15 years.

Consumers spend less than forecast as inflation bites

Consumer spending rose less than projected in January as rising prices pinched Americans’ wallets, leading inflation-adjusted purchases to fall by the most since 2009. The 0.2 percent advance in spending …

House passes stopgap measure as senators raise objections

A day ahead of a government shutdown deadline, the House easily passed a stopgap spending bill to keep federal agencies running through the end of April. The legislation’s fate in …

GOP adds $10B for wars, $4B for disasters to stopgap spending bill

Congress is quickening its pace toward adjourning late this week, marching toward a final vote on legislation boosting medical research and speeding drug approvals and readying a separate stopgap spending …

For Trump’s economic plan, boosting supply is key

The challenge is to spend money in ways that boost supply, making the economy more productive in the longer term.