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The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

By |2015-11-04T15:22:41+00:00November 4th, 2015|Categories: Personal Planning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, legislation that raises the federal debt limit and establishes the framework for a two-year budget deal. The legislation, needed to avoid an impending default on U.S. debt, also contains multiple unrelated provisions, including an elimination of two Social Security retirement benefit [...]

The U.S. Government Shutdown Explained

By |2013-10-01T19:26:03+00:00October 1st, 2013|Categories: Personal Planning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Congress failed to agree on a spending bill for the fiscal year starting October 1, 2013, resulting in the first government shutdown since 1995. According to the Congressional Research Service, this is the 18th time the federal government has shut down as a result of a failure to agree on an annual appropriations bill. Most shutdowns [...]

Understanding "Sequestration"

By |2013-02-28T15:21:21+00:00February 28th, 2013|Categories: Personal Planning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

If you like political drama, you're in luck. It seems like just yesterday the news was filled with references to the fiscal cliff. Now, coming to theaters everywhere, is "sequestration." Look for more political confrontation to unfold as sequestration gets under way. What exactly is sequestration? "Sequestration" refers to a series of automatic, across-the-board spending cuts [...]