Jack Fitzpatrick

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

Even as it debates a trillion here and a trillion there, Congress hasn’t overlooked some of the close-to-home issues like federal pay.

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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

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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

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

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(AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteFILE - In this Aug. 3, 2020, file photo dark clouds and heavy rain sweep over the U.S. Capitol in Washington. At least a government shutdown is off the table. But as lawmakers straggle back to Washington for an abbreviated pre-election session, hopes are fading for a pandemic relief bill, or much else. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Congress to separate continuing resolution talks with new coronavirus relief

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(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)FILE - In this May 3, 2020, file photo, light shines from inside the U.S. Capitol dome at dusk on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

House able to finally start taking up some normal business

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Democrats plan to oppose White House 2021 budget request and more

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2019 budget bills unlikely from Congress before FY 2018 ends, but Senate going to try

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