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 The House Appropriations Committee has adopted a spending blueprint that demands deep cuts from President Obama's domestic budget but keeps alive the hope that the panel can still move its spending bills through Congress this summer while searching for a compromise.

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  Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) joined 161 of their GOP colleagues in the House and Senate urging the Interior Department to pursue a more aggressive schedule that it currently envisions in its proposed coastal drilling plan for the five years that start in 2017.

 

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 Lawmakers have a short window of time left before the current FAA authorization expires, and the controversies are mounting and battle lines are clearly being drawn on privatizing air traffic control and taxing airline fees.

 

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal the estate tax and a bill to let taxpayers deduct taxes paid to state and local governments, but it's unlikely that either bill will go anywhere.

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The deadline to reauthorize highway programs is fast approaching. Lawmakers have to renew the authorization for transportation programs by the end of May, but likely have until sometime in July to address the funding issue.

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Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), former chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has released the text of his proposal to overhaul the air traffic control system — essentially privatizing the FAA’s air traffic functions.

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With only 45 days to go before a May 31 deadline to reauthorize highway programs, there is scant evidence that lawmakers are zeroing in on an agreement to renew and fund programs for a multi-year deal.

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House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) sent a letter to small business leaders this week asking for ideas on how to cut the effective tax rate for businesses that file on the individual side of the tax code.

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House and Senate negotiators are working to produce a final budget, but problems remain with defense funding and the logistical headaches of assembling a spending blueprint. The original deadline of April 15 has arrived, and Republicans doubt they can get a final deal passed this week.

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While Congress has done little about the growing number of loopholes that make the estate tax easy to avoid, legislators are now slated to hold a vote on repealing the estate tax, even though Democrats have highlighted the relatively low number of households actually subject to the tax.

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