Budget

7:08am

Thu March 28, 2013
Politics

As Colorado's Economy Improves, Lawmakers Wrangle Over The Budget

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There’s only one absolute requirement for Colorado lawmakers at the capitol. During the annual legislative session they must pass a budget.

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3:41pm

Fri March 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Saturday Mail Delivery: Safe For Now?

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 4:25 pm

Veteran USPS letter carrier Michael McDonald gathers mail to load into his truck before making his delivery run in the East Atlanta neighborhood on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in Atlanta.
David Goldman AP

4:32pm

Thu March 21, 2013
It's All Politics

NRA-Driven Gun Provisions Pass Along With Spending Bill

Customers shop for guns at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store in Tinley Park, Ill., in January. One of the gun provisions in the spending bill prevents the Justice Department from requiring gun dealers to conduct an inventory to see if guns are lost or stolen.
Scott Olson Getty Images

The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve a temporary measure to keep the government funded through the end of September. Government shutdown averted.

But it turns out the continuing resolution didn't just address spending. It contains six measures that limit how federal agencies deal with guns.

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11:20am

Thu March 21, 2013
The Two-Way

House OKs Bill To Keep Government Funded Through September

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 3:02 pm

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The House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that avoids a federal shutdown and keeps the government open through the end of the 2013 fiscal year, which winds up Sept. 30. The Senate approved the same measure Wednesday, so the bill now goes to the president for his signature.

The New York Times characterizes the measure, which passed the House on a 318-109 vote, this way:

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3:10am

Thu March 21, 2013
Politics

House, Senate Budget Plans Offer Different Future

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 11:36 am

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., holds a copy of his budget plan during a news conference last week. On Thursday, the Republican-controlled House narrowly passed the measure. The Senate is not expected to follow suit.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan's House GOP budget balances in a decade and re-shapes Medicare. That is, it would if the measure passed by the House on Thursday ever became law — which it won't.

Washington Sen. Patty Murray's Democratic budget raises almost $1 trillion in taxes by closing loopholes and adds $100 billion in new spending on infrastructure. But it won't become a reality, either.

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