Worse than a government shutdown? Beware hidden poison pills in GOP spending bill

(Credit: AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

The U.S. House and Senate have given themselves another reprieve, this time for two weeks, to come together on a spending package for fiscal year 2018.

Much of their challenge, appropriately, will be reaching consensus on the size of the new budget and how much money will be allocated for competing priorities, such as defense versus domestic programs. But negotiators also will be challenged by lawmakers’ tendency to use big appropriations bills as a...

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