FILE - People walk outside the U.S Capitol building in Washington, June 9, 2022. The biggest investment ever in the U.S. to fight climate change. A hard-fought cap on out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for seniors in the Medicare program. A new corporate minimum tax to ensure big businesses pay their share. And billions leftover to pay down federal deficits. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

If you’re not surprised there’s not a shutdown, you’re prescient or a prevaricator

To the surprise of just about everybody, the Federal Government is fully functional this Monday, October 2, 2023. Some surprise last-minute votes in both…

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Here’s how many feds would stay on the job – both with and without pay – during an upcoming shutdown

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FILE - A USPS logo adorns the back doors of United States Postal Service delivery vehicles as they proceed westbound along 20th Street from Stout Street and the main post office in downtown Denver, Wednesday, June 1, 2022. USPS plans to substantially increase the number of electric-powered vehicles it’s buying to replace its fleet of aging delivery trucks, officials said Wednesday, July 20, 2022. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

USPS gives its regulator a budget boost – but not enough for ‘increased capacity’

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(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)The U.S. Capitol is seen in Washington, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. To enact President Joe Biden’s expansive domestic agenda this year, Democrats have mapped out a convoluted legislative maze. The party wants to push the new president's multitrillion-dollar plans for supercharging federal infrastructure, climate change and social programs through a Congress in which they have only paper-thin majorities. GOP opposition is certain to be solid. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

How the Ukraine War could gum up federal budget negotiations

Congress has passed just one of 12 bills needed to fund the government next fiscal year. When members return early next month, the question of further…

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After walking down a gravel road to do recon on a fire cresting into the trees, a wildland firefighter grimaces as he walks back to his crew on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, at the Bedrock Fire north of Lenore, Idaho. Lenore is about 30 miles east of Lewiston, Idaho. (Pete Caster/Lewiston Tribune via AP)

White House asks Congress to keep firefighters from falling off the pay cliff

The Biden administration is trying to address some more immediate spending needs through a supplemental request that will come up before Congress can pass…

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FILE - The Department of Homeland Security logo is seen during a news conference in Washington, Feb. 25, 2015. DHS says a looming Supreme Court decision on abortion, an increase of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border and the midterm elections are potential triggers for extremist violence over the next six months. DHS said June 7, 2022, in the National Terrorism Advisory System bulletin the U.S. was in a

Senate committee wants to know more about the ‘future of work’ at DHS

Most DHS employees can’t telework, but Senate appropriators are evaluating the “impact” of alternative work arrangements across homeland security components.

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