Government Shutdown
There is a need to pass a bill extending routine government funding after a stopgap bill expires March 27. Without an extension, a partial government shutdown would occur. Congress must pass this spending bill, called a continuing resolution or “CR,” which would continue spending after Sept. 30, 2013, the end of the 2013 fiscal year. As it stands now, the government’s legal authority to borrow more money runs out in mid-October, 2013. According to the Bipartisan Policy Center, if that date arrived on October 18, the Treasury “would be about $106 billion short of paying all bills owed between October 18 and November 15. The congressionally mandated limit on federal borrowing is currently set at $16.7 trillion. The debt limit has been raised 13 times since 2001 and has grown from about 55 percent of Gross Domestic Product in 2001 to 102 percent of GDP last year.

Illegal Immigration Is Stable

from The Wall Street Journal,

The debate over border wall spending has become hardened recently because both parties are playing to their bases. It's making a compromise difficult.

p> Cracking down on illegal immigration was a central piece of President Donald Trump’s campaign for the White House and is now at the center of his his fight with Congress over funding for a wall on the border with Mexico. Republicans and Democrats have different views on the extent of the problem associated with undocumented immigrants and how to address the issue. Mr. Trump says it is an important contributor to crime and a big cost to the government. Democrats say he overstates the problem. Here is a look at some of key numbers behind U.S. immigration:

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