National budgets

Portuguese Prime Minister and Socialist Party leader Antonio Costa, center right, with his wife Fernanda Tadeu, center, and Lisbon Mayor Fernando Medina, left, wave to supporters during an election campaign action in downtown Lisbon Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Portugal will hold a general election on Oct. 6 in which voters will choose members of the next Portuguese parliament. The ruling Socialist Party hopes an economic recovery during its four years of governing will persuade voters to return the party to power. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
October 05, 2019 - 8:53 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A frequent question asked in Portugal ahead of Sunday's general election is not whether the incumbent Socialist Party will win, but by how big a margin. Recent opinion polls suggest the Socialists enjoy a 10-percentage-point lead. That's largely thanks to an economic...
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European Central Bank President Mario Draghi addresses European Parliament members at the European Parliament in Brussels, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
September 30, 2019 - 10:32 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says that stimulus measures including negative interest rates will have to stay in place longer if governments do not step up spending to help growth. Draghi was quoted Monday by the Financial Times as saying: "Our policies will...
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European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, right, shakes hands with Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne, left, at EU headquarters in Brussels, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (Johanna Geron, Pool Photo via AP)
September 29, 2019 - 11:00 am
HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's prime minister says no European Union member including Hungary and Poland is directly opposing linking the bloc's financial framework to performance on the rule of law in member countries — a proposal that has so far been fiercely opposed in Budapest and Warsaw. Antti...
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September 27, 2019 - 2:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House are demanding answers from the White House about its moves ordering the Pentagon and the State department to withhold almost $400 million in aid to Ukraine. The chairs of the Appropriations and Budget committee made the request in a letter to Acting...
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September 27, 2019 - 10:27 am
PARIS (AP) — The French government has pledged to cut taxes for households next year to the tune of 9 billion euros ($9.8 billion), a spending boost that has its roots in the yellow vest movement that broke out last winter. Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire presented the 2020 budget to Cabinet on...
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The rising sun divides the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday morning, Sept. 25, 2019, the day after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., declared she will launch a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 26, 2019 - 1:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a temporary government-wide funding bill on Thursday that staves off the risk of a government shutdown through Nov. 21. The measure would buy additional time for lawmakers to work to unclog a $1.4 trillion bundle of yearly spending bills that is hung up amid...
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President Donald Trump tours a section of the southern border wall, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Otay Mesa, Calif,. with the Commanding General of the Army Corps of Engineers Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, left, acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan, far right and acting Homeland Secretary Kevin McAleenan. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
September 25, 2019 - 1:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed a measure that blocks President Donald Trump from using emergency powers to raid the budget for construction projects on military bases as a way to pay for building his fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. Eleven Republicans voted to rebuke the president on a...
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U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to address the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
September 24, 2019 - 11:12 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's Republican allies controlling the Senate are awarding him his full $5 billion request to build about 200 miles (322 kilometers) of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. The wall money is contained in a $71 billion draft funding bill for the Department of...
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., joined at right by Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., pauses during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 18, 2019 - 7:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats Wednesday blocked debate on the almost $700 billion Pentagon budget and other spending bills amid a feud between the chamber's leaders over the rules of engagement for translating this summer's hard-won budget deal into binding legislation. Minority Leader Chuck...
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On this Sept. 12, 2019, photo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks at the Capitol in Washington. The good news is that it doesn’t look like a bitterly polarized Washington will stumble into another government shutdown. But as Democrats controlling the House unveil a stopgap, government-wide spending bill to keep the lights on and pay the troops, there’s scant evidence that power sharing in the U.S. Capitol will produce further legislative accomplishments anytime soon. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 17, 2019 - 4:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House are steering clear of controversy in a short-term, government-wide spending measure that's needed to prevent a government shutdown at the end of September. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has agreed to a White House request to replenish funds for bailout...
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