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  • Veto of Budget Resolution
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    Veto of Budget Resolution

    The president responded to reporters' questions concerning his decision to veto the continuing resolution passed late on October 5. The president had just met with congressional leaders to…

  • Washington Journal News Headlines and Viewer Calls
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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines and social media were open for viewer comments on the question “Are you concerned about rising debt?”

  • emUp to Our Necksem
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    Up to Our Necks

    Up to Our Necks was the grand prize winner in C-SPAN Classroom’s StudentCam documentary contest. The video was produced by Olivia Hurd, a tenth grader at Jenks High School in Jenks, Oklahoma. The local cable company…

  • Washington Journal Senator James Lankford ROK
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    Wasteful Federal Spending

    Senator James Lankford (R-OK) talked about the 2015 “Wastebook,” Federal Fumbles: 100 Ways The Goverment Dropped the Ball, which highlights examples of unnecessary or excessive spending across the federal…

  • Democratic Leaders News Conference on Budget Deal Vote
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    Democratic Leaders News Conference on Budget Deal Vote

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) met with reporters following the House 266-167 vote in favor of the two-year, $18 billion budget deal…

  • House Debate on Deficit Reduction Bill
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    House Debate on Deficit Reduction Bill

    The House debated a bill to reduce the deficit by about $80 billion. It would repeal of some of the health care law provisions: individual and employer mandates, medical devices tax, and the 40% tax on…

  • John Shaw on Budget Reconciliation and the Debt Limit
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    John Shaw on Budget Deficit Reduction

    John Shaw talked by video from Capitol Hill about the budget reconciliation bill being debated in the House, as well upcoming votes on raising the debt ceiling prior to the November 3,…

  • House Debate on Budget Deficit Reduction Bill Rule
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    House Debate on Budget Deficit Reduction Bill Rule

    House members debated the rule for the consideration of H.R. 3762, Deficit Reduction Reconciliation. Provisions would repeal the individual and employer mandates in the health care bill and…

  • Federal Debt Limit
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    Federal Debt Limit

    Jonathan Nicholson talked by video from Capitol Hill about the House vote later that day on a debt prioritization bill and the upcoming House and Senate votes to raise the debt limit prior…

  • Weekly Republican Address
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    Weekly Republican Address

    Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) delivered the weekly Republican address. A former director of the Office of Management and Budget, he criticized President Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget…

  • Weekly Republican Address
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    Weekly Republican Address

    Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin, a congressional candidate from Arizona, delivered the weekly Republican address. He talked about the concerns of Arizona residents that had not been…

  • Newsmakers Douglas Elmendorf
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    Newsmakers with Douglas Elmendorf

    Douglas Elmendorf talked about a Congressional Budget Office report issued the previous day that suggested the federal budget deficit had fallen to $506 billion, less than one-third of what…

  • Senator Saxby Chambliss RGA on Debt and National Security
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    Senator Saxby Chambliss on U.S. Debt and National Security

    Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) spoke about the impact of U.S. debt on national security. He offered his recommendations for reducing the national debt and the threat it poses to maintaining national…

  • Hearing on LongTerm Budget Outlook
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    Long-Term Budget Outlook

    Douglas Elmendorf testified at a House Budget Committee hearing on the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) annual report on the long-term budget outlook. CBO Director Elmendorf said the report reveals…

  • House Debate on Business Depreciation Bill
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    House Debate on Business Depreciation Bill

    House members debated a Business Depreciation Bill, which would allow businesses to write off 50 percent of their capital investments in the first year instead of depreciating the costs…

  • Washington Journal Shrinking Deficits
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    Budget Deficits

    Maya MacGuineas talked about the Congressional Budget Office report showing that the federal budget deficit fell to $492 billion for fiscal year 2014, a 32 percent decline from 2013. She said that the budget deficit…

  • emDebt and the Economyem
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    Debt and the Economy

    Connor Martin and Angelo Tydings-Lynch’s Debt and the Economy was one of the middle school section second prize-winners in C-SPAN Classroom’s StudentCam video documentary contest. They were eighth graders at…

  • Debate on Debt Limit Increase
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    House Debt Ceiling Debate

    Members of the House debated raising the debt limit.

  • House Debt Limit Bill
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    House Debt Limit Bill

    Ginger Gibson talked by telephone about the House debt limit bill.

  • Hearing on US Economic Outlook
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    Janet Yellen on Monetary Policy and the Economy, Part 3

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen continued her testimony on the U.S. economic outlook for the year and the future monetary policy. She said it would be catastrophic for the U.S. to…

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