Budgets & Deficits

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Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, has been absent from the Senate since the middle of last month. He returned to Washington just as the Senate prepares to vote on the 2018 budget resolution. (Zach Gibson/Bloomberg)

Thad Cochran returns to the Senate after health issues

By Melissa Quinn |
The senator's office said Tuesday he is still being treated for urological issues and continues to be under medical supervision.

Natural disasters lighten Republican attitude on deficit spending

By Susan Ferrechio |

Congress has responded to the recent hurricanes and wildfires with more than $50 billion in disaster aid and more is on the way, reversing y...

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That $4.9 billion 'loan' to Puerto Rico is probably a gift

By Pete Kasperowicz |

While it's called a disaster loan, most of the loans under the program are never repaid.

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Senate, having done virtually nothing all year, is on vacation again

By Jason Pye |

How can you go on vacation when you have gotten nothing done, have broken campaign promises, and have not gotten the budget to the floor for...

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