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

View of the U.S. Capitol from the Eastern Market neighborhood
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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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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Federal Workers' Pay Isn't Untouchable For Two Northern Virginia Candidates

Micah Edmond and Don Beyer both say they support the Simpson-Bowles federal budget plan, which would eventually hit federal workers and contractors in the pocketbook.

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Analysis: District Tourism Sees Increases, Despite Sequester Cuts

Sequester cuts forced many D.C. cultural institutions to trim their budgets. As Matt Vasilogambros from National Journal explains, tourism in the District increased despite smaller budgets.

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Pentagon Works To Cut Furlough Days For Civilian Employees

The number of furlough days for civilian Pentagon employees is being trimmed almost in half — from 11 to 6.

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Sequester Cuts Hit Three Smithsonian Buildings

Sequester cuts are filtering their way down to the exhibit level, as Smithsonian officials have announced closures of three exhibit areas.

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Analysis: Federal Budget Plans And The Government Workforce

One of the major sticking points between the House and Senate budget proposals is cuts to the federal workforce. Kellie Lunney breaks down the differences.

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Senate Budget Committee Digs Into Democratic Proposal

The Democratic budget proposal differs from Rep. Paul Ryan's plan heard earlier this week, in that it shields federal workers and raises trillions in new revenues.

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