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Week Ahead in Washington

Congress has left Washington for a two-week break, but lawmakers look to lay the groundwork for a busy spring agenda when they return. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said he hopes to reach what so far have been elusive bipartisan breakthroughs on immigration, infrastructure, and budget caps. McConnell said that talks have begun among his staff, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) staff, and the White House on a two-year deal […]

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The Week Ahead in Washington | April 5, 2019

Democratic legislators in the House will be working on priorities for internet regulation and fiscal 2020 spending next week, while the Senate returns to confirm more of President Donald Trump’s nominees under an expedited process after Senate Republicans jettisoned the Senate’s deliberative process for executive nominees this week. The House could also take up legislation also supported by Senate tax writers to overhaul the IRS as tax day approaches April […]

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AI Funding in the FY2020 Budget

The federal government is poised to invest roughly $4.9 billion in unclassified artificial intelligence and machine learning-related research & development in fiscal year 2020. The number of AI-related programs has ballooned compared with fiscal 2019. The Defense Department (DoD) plans to allocate $4 billion toward artificial intelligence and machine learning R&D activities in fiscal 2020, a sizeable increase above fiscal 2019 spending levels. The cornerstone of the Pentagon’s AI program, […]

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The Democratic Medicare for All Proposal

The Medicare for All Act of 2019 introduced by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and 106 House Democrats would create a universal, single-payer health program. The bill (H.R. 1384) would provide comprehensive health-care benefits at no cost to patients, replacing health insurance. However, the measure does not include provisions to pay for the program, though Rep. Jayapal said she is considering several options including increasing corporate taxes, increasing income taxes on […]

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