Congress must pass a spending measure by midnight Friday or more than a half-million federal employees will be furloughed. Negotiations continue between Republicans and Democrats to avoid a government shutdown. Among the issues tied to the spending measure are an extension of the federal payroll tax cut, renewing unemployment benefits, and forcing the Obama administration’s hand on the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada.
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“We’ve been through these games many times before. Lawmakers are policy tinkerers. The goal of both major political parties is to buy votes today with promises that people tomorrow will have to pay for. Nothing of substance will change.”
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