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The new spending includes: $110 billion on roads, bridges and major projects; $66 billion on passenger and freight rail; $39 billion on public transportation; $25 billion on airports; and the rest on ports, waterways, electric vehicles, road safety and broadband.

Both Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, the senators who negotiated a bipartisan infrastructure bill, have claimed the legislation is “paid for” - but a budget watchdog group says the bill only pays for about half of the $548 billion in new spending. Read more»

You don’t need a fortune teller to know that a business-backed group is twisting its cherry-picked facts in its latest ad attacking any increase in the federal minimum wage. Listen for the tip-off phrase: “up to.” Read more»

U.S. Rep Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers blamed the Affordable Care Act for a recent loss of health care jobs, but she based her comment on a reported December downtick that was preliminary and miniscule at that, and that economists say had nothing to do with the new health care law. Read more»

The first half of the Obamacare open enrollment period is over, and yesterday, federal health officials announced sign-up figures from the first three months. Read more»

A pothole in Evanston, Illinois

Sequestration—the automatic across-the-board cuts that started earlier this year—are a disaster for the American people. Unless lawmakers act, it’s going to be even worse in 2014. Read more»

Border Patrol agents and a CBP Field Operations Officer talk at a border crossing in San Ysidro, Calif.

The House voted on Thursday this week to fund Department of Homeland Security operations for fiscal 2014, the latest in a string of votes to reopen specific agencies in a strategy that Democrats deride as “cherry-picking” areas of the government. Read more»

Protesters being arrested last month during a demonstration at the U.S. Capitol in support of comprehensive immigration reform. The rally was one of a series in recent weeks aimed at keeping pressure on lawmakers to pass reform.

Advocates are planning 177 events in more than 150 cities Saturday, which they are calling the National Day for Dignity and Respect. Dawn Le, deputy campaign manager of Alliance for Citizenship, one of the organizing groups, said the day aims to pressure House leaders to move on immigration reform. Read more» 3

Arizona Farm Bureau President Kevin Rogers said farmers iwll not be hurt immediately by the lack of a federal farm bill, but that Congress will have to act soon.

The budget was not the only significant legislation that died Monday between a deadlocked House and Senate – the farm bill also expired at midnight, leaving farm programs, crop supports and food stamps up in the air. Read more»

The federal health law's individual mandate, one of the key building blocks of the insurance overhaul, remains controversial as the October start date approaches for enrolling in new online marketplaces. Individuals who don't get insurance through work will shop for insurance on these websites for policies that will take effect in January. Read more»

We’ve been batting down bogus claims about the Affordable Care Act for years, since 2009, when legislation was still in the debate stage. But they’ve been increasing in intensity in recent months as we approach Oct. 1, the date the insurance exchanges will be open for business for those buying their own insurance, mainly with the help of federal subsidies. Read more»

President Obama claimed that all of the currently uninsured would be able to get coverage on the exchanges “at a significantly cheaper rate than what they can get right now on the individual market” even without federal tax credits. But even Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has said that younger Americans would likely pay more on the exchanges, while those who are older would likely pay less. Read more»

Deficits over the last 20 years. (Note: The years showing as negative numbers are years of budget surpluses.)

In recent speeches, President Obama has repeatedly claimed that “our deficits are falling at the fastest rate in 60 years.” The White House says he’s referring to the decline in the deficit as a percentage of the nation’s economy from 2009 to 2012. But that’s not the “fastest rate” of deficit reduction in 60 years. It fell at a faster rate from 2004 to 2007. Read more»

House Speaker John Boehner, among other Republicans, wrongly tweeted that a recent “study” found “74% of small businesses will fire workers, cut hours under #Obamacare.” Actually, no more than 13 percent of the small businesses surveyed said that. Read more»

Immigration Reform Rally 2010

The barrier that divides the U.S. House and Senate plans for immigration reform looms as large as the double-layered border fence that lines much of the Texas-Mexico border. Read more»

The first page of HR3200, the Health Care Reform bill.

A new analysis on the Affordable Care Act prompts Republicans and the White House to trade misleading claims about the law’s impact on insurance premiums. Predictably, one side says they’ll go up; the other says they’ll go down. But both are stretching the facts, just as they’ve been doing since 2010, before the law was even enacted. Read more»

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