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Apr 1, 2014 — House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's latest plan is likely to play a familiar role — as fodder for both parties' congressional campaigns this fall.
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Mar 4, 2014 — The president's blueprint is not expected to have a much of an impact on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers already have a two-year deal on spending.
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Jan 16, 2014 — The wide-ranging federal spending bill will prevent any gaps in government funding as well as take some of the sting out of automatic spending cuts. The House approved it Wednesday.
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Jan 15, 2014 — In a bipartisan compromise, lawmakers approved the 1,582-page spending bill. The Senate is expected to follow suit later this week.
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Dec 26, 2013 — The bipartisan spending measure eases mandatory sequestration cuts over the next two years and the defense authorization gives the Pentagon nearly $527 billion for fiscal 2014.
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Dec 20, 2013 — The military has come under fire for how it investigates and handles cases of unwanted sexual contact among its personnel. Under new rules, commanders won't be able to dismiss court-martial findings and victims will have more protections.
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Dec 18, 2013 — The deal, with much less drama than past spending votes, is OK'd by a simple majority nearly a week after the House approved the measure.
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Dec 17, 2013 — Republican Sen. Tom Coburn is out with his annual account of "wasteful and low-priority spending." He says he's tallied up nearly $30 billion from 2013 alone.
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Dec 12, 2013 — Democrats and Republicans both have problems with the package, but passage is expected in the House on Thursday. The Senate is likely to do the same next week. Rep. Paul Ryan says the deal brings "some semblance of bipartisanship."
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Dec 11, 2013 — The agreement by the budget committee chairmen is no grand bargain. It's more like a minibargain. All the really hard stuff was sidestepped because the ideological rift between Washington Democrats and Republicans made it impossible to include those items.
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