Government spending

Delegates stand during the closing session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, Thursday, May 28, 2020. China's ceremonial legislature has endorsed a national security law for Hong Kong that has strained relations with the United States and Britain. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
May 28, 2020 - 10:16 am
BEIJING (AP) — China’s legislature endorsed a national security law for Hong Kong on Thursday that has strained relations with the United States and Britain and prompted new protests in the territory. The National People’s Congress approved the bill as it wrapped up an annual session that was held...
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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2019, file photo, soldiers from China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy let out a yell as they march in formation during a parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China in Beijing. China will boost defense spending by just 6.6% in 2020, the lowest rate in years as it battles an economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus outbreak, the government said Friday, May 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
May 21, 2020 - 10:30 pm
BEIJING (AP) — China will boost defense spending by just 6.6% in 2020, the lowest rate in years as it battles an economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus outbreak, the government said Friday. The figure is down from the double-digit percentage increases of just a few years ago that have given...
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An elderly man recovers from a respiratory illness in a special section built for COVID-19 patients at the INERAM, a hospital specializing in respiratory diseases, in Asuncion, Paraguay, Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Paraguay is one of the least hit countries by COVID-19, with 11 deaths confirmed by the Health Ministry. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
May 13, 2020 - 9:53 pm
U.S. states are beginning to restart their economies after months of paralyzing coronavirus lockdowns, but it could take weeks until it becomes clear whether those reopenings will cause a spike in COVID-19 cases, experts said Wednesday. The outbreak’s trajectory varies wildly across the country,...
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FILE - In this March 3, 2020 file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell pauses during a news conference in Washington. Powell provided a bleak outlook for the U.S. economy in remarks Wednesday, May 13, and urged Congress and the White House to act further to offset the damage from the viral outbreak. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
May 13, 2020 - 3:48 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell warned Wednesday of the threat of a prolonged recession resulting from the viral outbreak and urged Congress and the White House to act further to prevent long-lasting economic damage. The Fed and Congress have taken far-reaching steps to try to...
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FILE- In this May 30, 2018, file photo the East Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington is seen under stormy skies. The federal government piled up a record deficit in April, traditionally a month of big budget surpluses. The sea of red ink is being created by a drop in revenue and a massive increase in spending to fund efforts to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. The Treasury Department said Tuesday, May 12, 2020 that the government racked up a shortfall of $737.9 billion last month. That was more than three times larger than the previous record monthly deficit of $235 billion set in February. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
May 12, 2020 - 3:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government piled up a record deficit in April, traditionally a month of big budget surpluses. The sea of red ink is being created by a drop in revenue and a massive increase in spending to fund efforts to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. The Treasury Department said...
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FILE - In this April 2, 2019, file photo, Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg addresses the media as he arrives at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia. Treasurer Frydenberg said the country faces a “sobering” economic outlook due to the effects of the coronavirus and said it would have the largest deficit in its history when a revised budget is released in October. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk, File)
May 12, 2020 - 3:41 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's treasurer said Tuesday the country faces a “sobering” economic outlook due to the effects of the coronavirus and will have its largest-ever deficit when a revised budget is released in October. The 2020-21 federal budget was due to be released Tuesday. But the...
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FILE - In this March 7, 2020 file photo, a man walks past a banner showing Saudi King Salman, right, and his Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, outside a mall in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia announced Monday, May 11, 2020, it is tripling taxes on basic goods to 15% and will cut spending on major projects by around $26 billion as it grapples with blows from the coronavirus pandemic and low oil prices on its economy. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)
May 11, 2020 - 2:47 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia announced Monday it was tripling taxes on basic goods, raising them to 15%, and cutting spending on major projects by around $26 billion as it grapples with blows from the coronavirus pandemic and low oil prices on its economy. Saudi citizens will...
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FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol are seen in Washington, at sunrise. Congress is considering ways to govern from afar during the coronavirus pandemic. Lawmakers are talking this week about whether it's possible to conduct virtual committee meetings, particularly to oversee how the $2.2 trillion stimulus money is being spent. And they're considering ways to pass virus-related legislation without requiring every lawmaker to be present. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
April 10, 2020 - 1:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government's budget deficit for the first half of this budget year totaled $743.6 billion, up 7.6% from last year, and well on its way to topping $1 trillion even before the impacts of the coronavirus were felt. The Treasury Department reported Friday that the deficit...
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FILE - In this March 28, 2018 file photo, former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn speaks at a news conference in Oklahoma City. Coburn has died. He was 72. A cousin tells The Associated Press that he died early Saturday, March 28, 2020. Coburn had been diagnosed with prostate cancer years earlier. The Oklahoma Republican railed against federal earmarking and earned a reputation as a political maverick. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
March 28, 2020 - 2:10 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn was stubborn as a mule and conservative to his core. But the Oklahoma family doctor, known for railing against federal earmarks, didn’t let political differences dictate whom he called friends — even if it didn’t sit well with some of his supporters...
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FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2020, file photo, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., walks at the Capitol in Washington. The nation's fiercest fiscal conservatives are largely embracing the massive economic rescue package moving through Congress. In many cases, those conservatives who support the $2 trillion coronavirus spending bill are the very same who raged against the $800 billion economic stimulus package backed by the Obama administration after the 2008 financial crisis. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
March 28, 2020 - 7:43 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Republicans who have spent the past decade howling about the danger of ballooning deficits embraced the coronavirus rescue package approved by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump, shrugging off past concerns about spending in the face of a public health crisis. In many...
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