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Taliban money and fighter jets at issue in Pentagon's $690 billion bill

5/20/2019
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House appropriators this week will take up the biggest of the 12 annual spending bills, the $690 billion Pentagon measure that includes some prickly issues such as funding for Taliban expenses for peace talks with the U.S. and money to give the Pentagon more F-35 fighter jets than it requested, says CQ Roll Call's senior defense reporter John M. Donnelly. He lays out what is likely to happen to the measure that assumes higher spending levels for fiscal 2020.

Duration:00:15:40

Stalemate over disaster aid frustrates states

5/13/2019
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Lawmakers are struggling to find agreement on an aid package to help states recover from natural disasters, says CQ Roll Call's budget and appropriations reporter Kellie Mejdrich. She lays out the issues preventing Congress from passing a disaster aid package.

Duration:00:13:06

Why Trump, Chuck and Nancy face huge hurdles in infrastructure spending plan

5/6/2019
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CQ budget and appropriations editor Peter Cohn games out the prospects of the ambitious $2 trillion infrastructure spending package touted by President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer. And we preview the week ahead in the appropriations process.

Duration:00:15:23

Appropriations Season Begins and the Future of Social Security

4/29/2019
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The writing of fiscal 2020 spending bills begins with the biggest nondefense measure, Labor-HHS-Education. CQ's health care reporter Andrew Siddons previews the bill and the partisan fights it triggers, including on gun violence research. And CQ's tax and finance reporter Doug Sword unpacks the new data on the future of Social Security.

Duration:00:17:37

Progressives Power Play:Pentagon-Level Spending for Nondefense Programs

4/15/2019
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CQ Roll Call's appropriations reporter Kellie Mejdrich unpacks the demands and possible consequences of the Democratic party's progressives, who last week derailed plans to vote on raising the spending caps to prevent across-the-board spending cuts next fiscal year.

Duration:00:12:37

Sen. Grassley Sees Chance to Pass Infrastructure, Drug Price Legislation

4/8/2019
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CQ Budget and appropriations editor Peter Cohn sat down with Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, one of the longest and most influential members of Congress. Grassley says that he sees a good opportunity to work with Democrats on several bipartisan initiatives including on an expansive infrastructure bill and reducing drug prices.

Duration:00:13:59

Divided Democrats May Forgo a Budget Resolution

4/1/2019
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The House Budget Committee may punt on a fiscal 2020 budget resolution to avoid exposing Democratic caucus fissures over tax and spending policy. But an effort to reach a deal to raise spending limits for the coming fiscal year could prove just as dicey, as Lindsey McPherson explains.

Duration:00:12:47

The Crime Victims Fund Is Not Just for Victims

3/25/2019
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A fund designed to help crime victims is also used by lawmakers as an annual budgetary gimmick to help pay for other programs. But the victims fund is starting to run dry, making appropriations decisions tougher, as our tax and fiscal policy reporter Doug Sword explains.

Duration:00:11:24

How Congress Might Rewrite Trump's Budget

3/18/2019
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The president has proposed deep cuts to planned spending in Medicare and Medicaid, while trying to uphold austere limits on nondefense discretionary spending. But Congress is already talking about a rewrite. CQ's Kellie Mejdrich explains what lawmakers might have in mind.

Duration:00:13:46

Spending Deal at Mercy of Trump Budget, Debt Limit and Border Money

3/4/2019
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President Donald Trump's fiscal 2020 budget request, due out next week, is likely to skirt a defense spending cap to boost the military while proposing deep cuts to nondefense programs. CQ's Paul M. Krawzak explains how the White House blueprint is sure to trigger a new showdown over spending limits, along with the need to increase the debt limit and the continuing battle over border wall funds.

Duration:00:15:37

Breaking a Trust to Build the Wall

2/25/2019
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CQ's award-winning defense reporter John M. Donnelly revealed that a Pentagon fund that President Donald Trump wants to use to pay for his wall is nearly depleted, forcing him to look elsewhere in the Pentagon budget for the money. Trump appears poised to break tradition and bypass Congress in this money transfer, and Donnelly says that "would tear a hole in the fabric of cooperation between the White House and the Congress.''

Duration:00:14:56

Trump Ignites New Budget Fights by Targeting Pentagon Programs

2/19/2019
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CQ defense reporter John M. Donnelly spells out how President Donald Trump's emergency action to raid Pentagon accounts to pay for a border wall could affect military facilities and programs already stretched thin.

Duration:00:10:22

Down to the Wire Amid Setback in Government Funding Talks

2/11/2019
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A new snag over immigrant detention policy has thrown a monkey wrench into border security negotiations, as lawmakers look to prevent another government shutdown. CQ appropriations reporter Kellie Mejdrich explains what both sides are seeking and how the Trump administration is softening its demand on border wall funding.

Duration:00:11:12

Congress' Border Wall Funding Emergency

2/4/2019
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Congressional negotiators are working to reach bipartisan agreement on a Homeland Security spending bill that can fend off another shutdown and thwart President Donald Trump's threat of declaring a national emergency, CQ appropriations reporter Kellie Mejdrich tells co-host Jennifer Shutt.

Duration:00:17:16

Congress Looks to Avert Another Shutdown

1/28/2019
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CQ budget and appropriations reporters Kellie Mejdrich and Jennifer Shutt unpack what could happen in the next three weeks as lawmakers and the White House wrestle with how to prevent another government shutdown in three weeks.

Duration:00:15:28

Shutdown Could Cost Federal Workers Second Paycheck

1/22/2019
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The House and Senate are poised to consider legislation that could end the partial government shutdown — if the competing bills had any chance of passing both chambers, explains CQ budget and appropriations reporter Kellie Mejdrich. Listen for the latest details on how lawmakers are greeting President Donald Trump's immigration-related offer.

Duration:00:10:41

Assessing the Bleak Options for Ending the Shutdown

1/14/2019
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As the longest shutdown in modern history enters its fourth week, CQ's fiscal policy reporter Doug Sword assesses the options for ending the spending impasse. But none appear promising, as President Donald Trump rejected the latest proposals.

Duration:00:13:18

How Shutdown Will Sting Across the Board

1/7/2019
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Within days of the government shutdown setting a record, federal agencies, employees and the general public will begin to feel the pain, says CQ budget and appropriations reporter Kellie Mejdrich. She also gives the latest developments in what is turning out to be a prolonged political battle.

Duration:00:16:04

Hell Week Amid Shutdown Fears

12/17/2018
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There is no plan at the moment to prevent a partial government shutdown at the end of the week over President Donald Trump's insistence for $5 billion for a border wall, explains CQ budget reporter Jennifer Shutt. She games out what the options are to fund the government as lawmakers try to guess Trump's next steps.

Duration:00:12:06

Trump's Christmas Wish List: Billions for Wildfire Suppression, Unaccompanied Children

12/10/2018
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Just when lawmakers thought they had breathing room to hammer out a year-end spending deal, President Donald Trump drops a request for an extra $4.76 billion, technically referred to as anomalies. CQ's budget and appropriations team, Kellie Mejdrich and Paul M. Krawzak explain what's at stake for government spending with co-host Jennifer Shutt.

Duration:00:13:38