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The bill cuts $6 billion from the current federal budget and keeps the government operating through April 8.
Governors and lawmakers trying to deal with big gaps in state budgets face the same dilemma as their counterparts in Washington: everyone wants to see deficits brought under control, but few proposals to achieve that command a majority.
It will take years to sort out the winners and losers in Wisconsin in the aftermath of the bitter struggle to limit the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions.
The exercise in democracy, happening in more than 1,200 cities around the world, lets ordinary people directly decide how a portion of their municipal budget is spent.
Events in Wisconsin demonstrated that elections have consequences -- and that state government can touch people's lives in a more direct and personal way than the federal government in Washington.
Political naivete and tin ears are the threads running through the saga of Vivian Schiller, forced out as NPR's CEO on Wednesday, and Ron Schiller, no relation, who quit as NPR's top fundraiser on Tuesday.
President Clinton, working with a Republican Congress, balanced the federal budget in 1999 and again in 2000 -- producing surpluses both years.
The impasse means that lawmakers will continue negotiations ahead of a March 18 deadline. That's when the current short-term spending measure expires and the government could shutdown without a new agreement.
With time running short on the latest temporary budget, Majority Leader Eric Cantor called for President Obama to get directly involved in talks seeking a compromise on spending cuts.
We were shocked, too. But a bill in Congress would freeze salaries of lawmakers and the president in the event of a budget impasse.
Nikki Haley became a political star on the national scene and in her home state of South Carolina with her tea party-fueled campaign for governor. Now, that she has the job, she is trying to make her mark.
McConnell said that “this is the perfect time to tackle entitlement reform” because both political parties now share power – and responsibility – in Washington.
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