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Debt ceiling debate may turn ugly

Democrats are urging Republicans not to jeopardize the economy. Republicans have said any bill to raise the debt limit must be paired with significant spending cuts. The Hill's Erik Wasson says they're all getting edgy.

Tags: Federal Drive , Congress , debt ceiling , Erik Wasson

Wednesday - 04/13/2011, 10:31am EDT
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More 'confrontation' ahead after 2011 budget

Republicans have been saying they get three bites at the apple at their attempt to cut spending, said Russell Berman, congressional reporter for The Hill.

Tags: Federal Drive , budget , furlough , Russell Berman , Jolie Lee , shutdown

Wednesday - 04/06/2011, 10:05am EDT
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Shutdown fudge factor may come into play

Seventy two hours or bust? If push really comes to shove, The Hill's Erik Wasson tells Federal News Radio, the House's 72 hour rule could be waived and even a 24 hour CR is seen as better than a shutdown.

Tags: Federal Drive , budget , continuing resolution , shutdown , furlough , Erik Wasson , Suzanne Kubota

Monday - 04/04/2011, 10:08am EDT
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How to backtime the budget

Any budget deal in Congress has to be reached a lot sooner than you might think. The House and Senate need more than just enough time to pass it. Because of that Russell Berman, congressional reporter, says not to be surprised if another continuing resolution is needed to keep the lights on at your agency.

Tags: Federal Drive , budget , shutdown , furlough , CR , Russell Berman , Suzanne Kubota

Wednesday - 03/30/2011, 10:41am EDT
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Libya costs won't blow up the budget

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, in an analysis this month, estimated that the Libyan no-fly zone could cost $100 million to $300 million per week. The Hill's Sam Youngman puts those numbers into perspective for us.

Tags: Federal Drive , Congress , libya , budget , FY 2012 , continuing resolution , Sam Youngman , Suzanne Kubota

Wednesday - 03/23/2011, 10:31am EDT
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Reid: Dems must 'make a sacrifice' for compromise

In floor comments today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) indicated a willingness to compromise with Republicans on a spending bill.

Tags: Harry Reid , Senate , Congress , budget , compromise , shutdown , continuing resolution , Jolie Lee

Thursday - 03/10/2011, 01:19pm EST

Budget battle lines are drawn

House Republicans feel they need two stopgap spending bills for the budget standoff with Democrats. The Hill's Alexander Bolton explains it for us.

Tags: Federal Drive , budget , Congress , shutdown , continuing resolution , Alexander Bolton , Suzanne Kubota

Wednesday - 03/09/2011, 10:31am EST
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GOP's $50B challenge: Compromise or shutdown?

Russell Berman, congressional reporter with The Hill, explains the current state of the budget battle on Capitol Hill.

Tags: budget , Russell Berman , Congress , shutdown , Dorobek Insider

Tuesday - 03/08/2011, 03:22pm EST
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Shutdown reprieve: what's next?

A government shutdown appears to be averted... for now. The Hill's Erik Wasson tells us what's next.

Tags: Federal Drive , Congress , shutdown , budget , Erik Wasson ,

Wednesday - 03/02/2011, 10:31am EST
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