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5 ways a government shutdown would affect contractors

Congress and President Donald Trump face an April 28 deadline for enacting legislation to fund the government for the remainder of fiscal 2017. Here’s what government contractors need to know.

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Special elections to fill more congressional vacancies

Republicans have more seats to defend in special elections after a close shave in a dependably GOP Kansas district. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming contests.

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The Trump effect propels House campaigns to record fundraising

Political polarization in Washington produced a fundraising record as donors to both parties flooded U.S. House campaigns with $96.1 million in the first quarter of 2017.

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Seven tips for making a lasting impression with members of Congress

Are some constituents more memorable than others? Do lawmakers and their staff have better mental recall of some constituents and thus inflate their importance? The research says yes, and that lawmakers use mental shortcuts known as heuristics to help them remember constituents and make decisions.

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House Republicans take their own path on Trump’s border wall

President Donald Trump’s promise to build a fortified barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border is about to hit a wall of its own: Members of Congress with different ideas on how to curb illegal immigration.

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NASA would receive $19.5 billion in FY17 under S. 442

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration would be authorized to receive $19.5 billion in fiscal 2017 under S. 442.

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7 special elections to fill open House seats

Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks have triggered a busy spring of elections that in some cases may provide an early gauge of the president’s popularity.

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Tie-breaking Senate vote would be first for a cabinet nomination

Mike Pence may perform a constitutional duty in his third full week as vice president that Joe Biden never did in eight years on the job: Cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate.

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Killing Obama’s rules? Congress has an act for that

Republicans are threatening to wield a little-used power, the Congressional Review Act.