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Last Week

Both the House and Senate passed federal appropriations, ensuring government funding through FY 2015 and no shutdowns. Both passed with overwhelming majorities, with the House passing it 359-67 and the Senate passing it 72-26-2. Now both sides will be turning to increasing the debt limit, which Treasury Secretary Lew warned this week will need to be increased before the end of February rather than March, which had early been the projection. In addition, with 33 Democratic votes, the House passed legislation that would increase transparency in operation of American Health Benefit Exchanges. Specifically, it would require the secretary of Health and Human Services to publish weekly reports on the various operating elements of the Affordable Care Act. In addition to the Omnibus, the Senate also debated amendments to a flood insurance bill. more

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