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  • Pork aside, budget deal averts crisis

    Pork aside, budget deal averts crisis
    The good news is Congress didn't end its session by committing any obvious harm. No government shutdown, no dramatic changes to health care reform and no sudden roadblocks to President Obama's go-it-alone effort to improve immigration. Plus, some worthwhile Florida projects received funding, too.
  • Congress bestows favors for Florida

    WASHINGTON -- While wrapping up its least productive session in modern history, Congress approved some small-but-significant measures of special concern to Floridians and is expected to renew a sales-tax deduction that affects 2 million Florida families....

    South Florida Democrats split over 'cromnibus' spending bill

    South Florida Democrats split over 'cromnibus' spending bill
    South Florida's Democratic lawmakers split over the massive federal government spending bill. Most voted no because of the many provisions tacked on the legislation that have nothing to do with funding the federal government. But U.S. Reps. Debbie...

    Loss of tax break would sting Florida

    Roughly 2 million Florida families stand to lose hundreds of dollars each next year when they file their federal income-tax returns for 2014 unless Congress acts soon to renew a popular deduction for state and local sales taxes. About one-fifth of...

    `Cromnibus' includes money for Everglades, Hoover Dike

    Eight of ten Florida Democrats in the U.S. House voted against a giant spending bill to keep the federal government funded, despite pleas for passage by the White House.  But 12 of 17 Florida Republicans voted “yes,” while citing funding for...