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Last week of legislating before Congress departs for August recess

Between the defense authorization bill, work on a potential infrastructure package and annual spending legislation, members of Congress are hoping to get…

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House committees are spending the week working on ‘the normal kind’ of budget bills

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House Democrats working towards infrastructure package

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If you thought federal contract spending shot through the roof last year, you’re right

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Biden administration’s skinny budget for the civilian side looks like a triple double X

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Congress hints, Postal Service reform might be a real possibility this year

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.(AP Photo/David Goldman)FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2011 file photo, a U.S. Army soldier walks past an American Flag hanging in preparation for a ceremony commemorating the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, at Forward Operating Base Bostick in Kunar province, Afghanistan. The final phase of ending America's “forever war” in Afghanistan after 20 years formally began Saturday, May 1, 2021, with the withdrawal of the last U.S. and NATO troops by the end of summer.(AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Pulling troops from Afghanistan is easy — everything else, not so much

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In some ways you have to pity Congress, trying to spend trillions it doesn’t have

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(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)FILE - In this March 30, 2019, file photo the Dome of the U.S. Capitol Building is visible as cherry blossom trees bloom on the West Lawn in Washington. Washington health officials recommended on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, that all “non-essential mass gatherings, including conferences and conventions,” be postponed or canceled through the end of March, a move that could imperil the popular Cherry Blossom Festival. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The burners are lit, but the budget debates on Capitol Hill are just warming up

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(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)FILE - This April 2, 2021, file photo shows bridges spanning the Allegheny River in downtown Pittsburgh. Republicans in Congress are making the politically brazen bet that it’s more advantageous to oppose President Joe Biden’s ambitious rebuild America agenda than to lend support for the costly $2.3 trillion undertaking for roads, bridges and other infrastructure investments. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

That proposed infrastructure bill has a little something for everybody, including your agency

We now know what’s going to be occupying Congress for the next few weeks or months. For a look inside that infrastructure bill and a few other matters,…

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(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)FILE - This July 16, 2019, file photo shows the Capitol Dome in Washington.  The U.S. government's budget deficit hit $735.7 billion through the first four months of the budget year, an all-time high for the period, as a pandemic-induced recession cut into tax revenues while spending on COVID relief measures sent outlays soaring. The Treasury Department reported Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021,  that the deficit so far for the budget year that began Oct. 1 is 89% higher than the $389.2 billion deficit run up in the same period a year ago.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

After a decade-long hiatus, earmarks appear to be headed back to the Congressional appropriations process

Both parties in the House have agreed to participate in the new earmarks process that proponents say include some safeguards to prevent abuses.

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Will Congress ever return to the normal budget process? Whatever that is

Once they’re past the extra spending bill that includes pandemic relief, Congress could start to regard the regular old budget – you know, the stuff that keeps your agency going.

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