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UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019, 3:58 p.m.

Deal sealed on federal budget, ensuring no shutdown, default

President Donald Trump and congressional leaders announced late Monday they had struck a critical debt and budget agreement. The deal amounts to an against-the-odds victory for Washington pragmatists seeking to …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 28, 2018, 4:27 p.m.

Trump signs spending plan, avoiding government shutdown

President Donald Trump signed an $854 billion spending bill on Friday to keep the federal government open through Dec. 7, averting a government shutdown in the weeks leading up to …


UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 8:35 p.m.

Trump signs $1.3 trillion budget after threatening veto

President Donald Trump grudgingly signed a $1.3 trillion federal spending measure Friday and averted a midnight government shutdown – but only after undercutting his own negotiators and setting off a …


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 10:24 p.m.

Spending bill has money for opioid, fighting wildfires, schools and military

Federal government to spend more on opioid epidemic, wildfires, education and military.


Jeff Fox and Michelle Britton: Federal budget cut threatens IdahoPTV

Once again, the Trump administration has proposed drastic cuts to public media. The president’s 2019 plan proposes to fund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) at $15 million, a 97 …


Wheat growers wary of Trump budget’s changes to crop insurance programs

Washington’s wheat growers are pushing back on President Donald Trump’s budget proposal that once again proposes cuts to crop insurance programs.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 8:58 p.m.

All sides claim budget win; immigration fight looks tougher

Republican leaders, top Democrats and President Donald Trump are all claiming big wins in the $400 billion budget agreement signed into law Friday. But the push to pass the massive …


Samuelson: Budget primer points to problems

Americans should balance the pain of taxes with gains from government. If people want big government, they should pay for it. If they dislike higher taxes, they should cut government.


UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 11:39 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers: Trump budget ‘just a proposal’

Congress doesn’t have to, and probably won’t, follow President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said.


UPDATED: Tue., April 4, 2017, 1:27 p.m.

Trump says he’ll only fund shovel-ready infrastructure jobs

With legislation overhauling taxes and health care on an uncertain path, President Donald Trump returned to the familiar. Trump brought 52 business leaders from New York City to the White …


UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017, 10:47 p.m.

Trump’s budget proposal would cut WSU research, Spokane’s Central City Line

President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget, released Thursday, includes a big defense spending increase and cuts to a number of federal transportation, education, arts and other programs.


Money for rural schools is one of the fights ahead for Congress

Northwest senators push for more federal money for rural schools before Congress quits for the year.


Candidates spin budgetary yarns

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget recently issued an analysis of the promises of Clinton and presumed Republican nominee Donald Trump, and how they would impact the national budget …


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, …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 27, 2015, 8:40 a.m.

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 …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 29, 2015, 2:32 p.m.

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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2013, 7:48 p.m.

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 …


UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2012, 1:15 p.m.

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.


UPDATED: Fri., July 22, 2011, 9:56 a.m.

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 …