Budget debates dominated the conversation on Capitol Hill this week as lawmakers scrambled to avoid a government shutdown. At the time of this posting, lawmakers had yet to reach a deal and time is short. Federal funding runs out at midnight on Friday. With preparations for furloughs, building closures, and contingency plans for re-opening, the latest shutdown showdown blocked out other work. Military Times’ Leo Shane III, The Hill’s Melanie Zanona, and Government Executive’s Tom Shoop joined Francis for this edition of the Federal Beat.
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