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GOP leaders abandon fiscal responsibility

Politics | Conservatives voice anger over Washington’s runaway tab
by Evan Wilt
Posted 2/15/18, 04:10 pm

WASHINGTON—Fiscal conservatives are still reeling from last week’s federal budget deal, with no spending pivot in sight.

The government shut down for a few hours last week after Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., delayed leaders on both sides from agreeing to a two-year budget agreement that busted mandated spending caps and added another $300 billion to the taxpayer tab.

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Partial audit uncovers lax Pentagon accounting

Politics | Although the military appears to have trouble tracking its money, lawmakers are ready to give it more
by Evan Wilt
Posted 2/08/18, 04:50 pm

WASHINGTON—As Congress prepares to bust the federal budget with $300 billion in new spending, some of which is earmarked for the military, a new report shows the Pentagon is struggling to keep track of the funds it already has.

Politico reported Monday on an audit that found the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), one of the Pentagon’s largest departments, failed to properly document more than $800 million in spending.

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Immigration rift threatens DACA deal

Politics | The ideological divide among Republicans continues to grow as the clock runs out
by Evan Wilt
Posted 2/01/18, 02:11 pm

WASHINGTON—Lawmakers are a week away from another government funding deadline and about a month away from needing to act on the expiring status of those protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program—with no deal in sight.

A schism between the House and Senate has deepened as lawmakers grapple with partisan divides on immigration and a White House sending mixed messages to Capitol Hill. Getting a deal on DACA was never going to be easy, but with the current political landscape, it now appears intractable.

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