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Local Impact: Federal Spending and the D.C. Area

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Debate about government spending is playing a key role in the 2012 election season. But discussion on the scope of the federal government takes on special significance in the D.C. area, where nearly everyone has some tie to Uncle Sam. In a special series informed by the Public Insight Network, WAMU 88.5 looks at the economic, political and emotional impacts of some fundamental questions: What role should the government play? And at what cost?
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On Infrastructure Spending, Congress Kicks The Can Down The Road Again

A long-term federal transportation plan remains forthcoming as the House today voted for the twelfth short-term funding patch in just six years.

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Safety On The Rails Faces Funding And Technical Hurdles After Amtrak Disaster

In the wake of the Amtrak derailment that killed 8 and injured hundreds, debate rages over what — if anything — could have been done to prevent it.
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Even After Derailment, Amtrak Funding Facing Major Cuts In Congress

As federal investigators pick through the wreckage of a derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia that left from Union Station, Congress is debating whether to cut Amtrak funding.
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IRS Isn't The Only Place The Phones Are Ringing Ahead Of Tax Day

Members of Congress have been fielding lots of calls in recent weeks as their constituents — and a depleted IRS workforce — try to navigate tax season.

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Getting More Highway Funding Via Corporate Tax Reform: Q&A With Rep. John Delaney

The federal Highway Trust Fund is set to run out of cash again. The Maryland Democrat is pushing for legislation that would shore up the fund with money from new sources.

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Budget Votes Provide A Platform For Maryland's Senate Hopefuls

Wednesday night's budget votes gave Reps. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen a chance to separate themselves politically as they position for the Democratic nomination in Maryland's 2016 Senate race.

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Paycheck Politics And The Homeland Security Bill

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is blasting Republicans who claim that the department's workers can weather a temporary shutdown if Congress can't finish legislation to fund the department by the end of Friday.

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House Conservatives: Homeland Security Bill Is Right Venue For Immigration Fight

Virginia Reps. Dave Brat and Morgan Griffith are among those who want Congress to use the spending legislation to block President Obama's executive actions on immigration.

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For Local Agencies, Homeland Security Spending Fight Is A Big Concern

If Congress can't get a deal on the Homeland Security bill by the end of the week, local and regional agencies — including even the smallest fire departments — could see serious effects on their budgets.

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August Recess Shouldn't Be Automatic For Congress, Lawmaker Says

Republican Rob Wittman of Virgnia has proposed canceling lawmakers' monthlong August recess if they fail to pass the nation's spending bills.

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