National budgets

September 18, 2019 - 2:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats have blocked debate on the almost $700 billion Pentagon budget and other spending bills amid a feud by the chamber's leaders over the rules of engagement for translating this summer's hard-won budget deal into binding legislation. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer...
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FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo an American flag flies on the Capitol Dome in Washington. On Thursday, Sept. 12, the Treasury Department releases federal budget data for August. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
September 12, 2019 - 2:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government's budget deficit increased by $169 billion to $1.07 trillion in the first 11 months of this budget year as spending grew faster than tax collections. The Treasury Department reported Thursday that the deficit with just one month left in the budget year is up 18...
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In this Sept. 10, 2019, photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., arrives for a news conference following a Senate policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. Fights over abortion and President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall have thrown Senate efforts to advance $1.4 trillion worth of agency spending bills into disarray, threatening one of Washington’s few bipartisan accomplishments this year. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
September 11, 2019 - 11:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fights over abortion and President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall have thrown Senate efforts to advance $1.4 trillion worth of agency spending bills into disarray, threatening one of Washington's few bipartisan accomplishments this year. A government shutdown remains...
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FILE - In this April 9, 2019, file photo, Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats controlling the House are proposing a government-wide temporary funding bill to prevent a federal shutdown at month's end and to give the slow-moving Senate time to act on $1.4 trillion worth of spending bills that fill in the details on this summer's bipartisan budget and debt deal. Lowey says the temporary funding bill would likely extend until "sometime in November." (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
September 09, 2019 - 6:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House are proposing a government-wide temporary funding bill to prevent a federal shutdown at month's end and to give the Senate time to get moving on $1.4 trillion in spending bills to fill in the details on this summer's bipartisan budget and debt deal...
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Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis delivers a speech during the Thessaloniki International Fair at the northern city of Thessaloniki, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. Mitsotakis outlined his economic policies for the next year, as heads of government have traditionally done over the years. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
September 08, 2019 - 1:20 am
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister said financial reforms such as reducing taxes, fighting bureaucracy and attracting investment must be implemented before the country asks its creditors to agree to lower budget surpluses. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis laid out his economic...
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Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, right, flanked by former undersecretary Giancarlo Giorgetti of the Northern League, poses with the bell that traditionally opens the meeting of the cabinet as he starts the first cabinet meeting of his new government at Chigi Palace in Rome, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte forged a new coalition government Wednesday that teams up the populist 5-Star Movement and center-left Democrats in an unusual alliance of rivals to banish for now the specter of early election that likely could have seen the triumph of Italy's fast-rising right-wing forces. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
September 06, 2019 - 11:46 am
ROME (AP) — Italy's new coalition government has been hailed as good news for Europe, as a more Brussels-friendly lineup replaces the populist coalition in which right-wing leader Matteo Salvini and his euro-skeptic League held considerable sway. But unless European countries lend a strong hand to...
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President Donald Trump walks down the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. Trump is returning from Louisville, Ky., where he spoke to the American Veterans (AMVETS) 75th National Convention. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
August 22, 2019 - 4:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing bipartisan opposition, President Donald Trump has scrapped an effort to cut some $4 billion in foreign aid that lawmakers had already approved. A senior administration official and a Democratic congressional aide confirmed the decision Thursday. Both spoke on condition of...
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The federal deficit expected to swell to more than $1 trillion in the next fiscal year.;
August 22, 2019 - 12:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit is expected to balloon to more than $1 trillion in the next fiscal year under the first projections taking into account the big budget deal that President Donald Trump and Congress reached this summer, the Congressional Budget Office reported. The return...
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Italian Deputy-Premier Matteo Salvini opens his arms at the Senate, in Rome, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte on Tuesday announced his resignation, blaming his decision to end his 14-month-old populist government on his rebellious and ambitious deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP)
August 20, 2019 - 7:22 pm
ROME (AP) — As Italy's Premier Giuseppe Conte steps down, the question is whether hardline, anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini can force new elections in hopes of grabbing the premiership. In announcing his resignation Tuesday before the Senate, Conte blamed Salvini for pulling the plug...
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FILE - This July 16, 2019, file photo shows the Capitol Dome in Washington. On Monday, Aug. 12, the Treasury Department releases federal budget data for July. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
August 12, 2019 - 1:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government's budget deficit rose by $183 billion to $867 billion during the first 10 months of this budget year as spending grew more than twice as fast as tax collections. The Treasury Department say the deficit for the current fiscal year through July is up 27% from the...
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