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Winners and losers in Donald Trump’s first budget plan

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Military spending would get the biggest boost in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget. Environmental programs, medical research, Amtrak and an array of international and cultural programs — from Africa to Appalachia — would take big hits, among the many parts of the government he’d put on a crash diet. The budget proposal out Thursday is a White House wish list; it’ll be up to Congress to decide where money goes. If Trump gets his way, there will be more losers…

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Bookended by tragedy, Joe Biden’s storied career nears the end

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Joe Biden‘s storied political career will come to an end much the way it started nearly half a century ago: shaped by crushing personal tragedy that shook his deep-seated confidence in his own ability to lead. In deciding not to run for president, Biden turned away from months of intensive preparations and countless hours that had put him on the verge of a third presidential campaign, with almost everything ready to go except the candidate himself. “Unfortunately, I believe we’re…

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On C-SPAN, David Jolly calls Democrats’ criticism on Amtrak funding irresponsible and offensive

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Last Wednesday, House Republicans voted to cut part of Amtrak’s budget, less than a day after a train crash outside of Philadelphia resulted in eight deaths and more than 200 injuries. Democrats criticized Republicans, pointing to the train tragedy as a prime example of the dangers of shortchanging the nation’s transportation needs. However, the cut would apply only to Amtrak’s capital spending, and wouldn’t touch funding levels for safety and operations. The measure still needs to clear the full House and Senate before it would…

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Bill Nelson files Senate bill to help Amtrak crash victims

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson filed legislation today that will aid the victims of last week’s deadly Amtrak derailment outside of Philadelphia. Nelson’s bill seeks to remove the two-decade-old cap on damages, set by federal law at $200 million, for passenger rail liability following accidents. If passed, Nelson’s bill would increase the cap to $500 million per accident or incident unless regulation determines a different minimum level of financial responsibility is “necessary or sufficient.” The amendment would be effective for any…

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