Federal deficit

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    Deficits, debt still on the radar screen

    Al Weaver of the Washington Examiner reports that one leading U.S. senator disputes the notion that his congressional colleagues have lost sight of the federal government’s long-term budget problems. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, this week rejected the argument that Republicans no longer care about the debt,…
    Mitch Kokai, February 14, 2018
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    Tackling federal spending

    Editors at National Review respond to the spending increases in the latest federal budget deal. Congress has reached a consensus on spending — spend! — and the Trump administration is broadly inclined to agree: On the heels of a $1.5 trillion tax cut, congressional Republicans joined up with…
    Mitch Kokai, February 14, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on approval of a bill to address N.C. public school class size requirements, the state elections and ethics board, and a $58 million fund tied to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Way also reports on state Treasurer Dale Folwell’s call for a…
    Mitch Kokai, February 14, 2018
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    Fixing Congress’ dysfunction

    Susan Ferrechio of the Washington Examiner details a new group designed to help Congress get its act together. As part of a bipartisan spending deal, lawmakers last week voted to create a new congressional committee charged with trying to find a solution to years of spending dysfunction on…
    Mitch Kokai, February 13, 2018
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    Dems not sure about Republicans following their prescription

    Robert Donachie of the Daily Caller examines congressional Democrats’ interesting reaction to their Republican counterparts’ budget plan. Democrats have long championed running budget deficits and ramping government spending to kickstart the economy. Now that Republicans are doing just that, Democrats aren’t so sure. For years, the prevailing Democratic…
    Mitch Kokai, February 13, 2018
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    To The Moon, Alice!

    Donna Martinez, February 12, 2018
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    Looking beyond the shutdown fight

    Jibran Khan writes at National Review Online that debate about a government shutdown distracts observers from the nation’s “sorry fiscal state.” The recurring shutdown and short-term-funding debates have let Democrats and Republicans run through debate points about immigration and their views of the president. But lost in an…
    Mitch Kokai, February 8, 2018
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    Scrapping the debt limit

    James Capretta argues for the American Enterprise Institute that it’s time to get rid of the federal debt limit. The federal government has a major debt problem, but the solution is not the current statutory limitation on government borrowing, which is counterproductive and could inadvertently cause permanent damage…
    Mitch Kokai, February 5, 2018