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Trump signs spending plan, avoiding U.S. government shutdown

World / Politics Sep 29, 2018

Trump signs spending plan, avoiding U.S. government shutdown

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an $854 billion spending bill on Friday to keep the federal government open through Dec. 7, averting a government shutdown in the weeks leading up to November's pivotal midterm elections. Trump signed the legislation to fund the military and several ...

Business / Economy Aug 31, 2018

Japan's government budget requests for fiscal 2019 hit record high

Budget requests from government ministries and agencies for fiscal 2019 reached a record-high ¥102.5 trillion ($923 billion) amid snowballing social security costs and increasing defense spending, officials said Friday. The figure suggests that the initial general account budget for the year beginning next April could ...

Abe will compile extra budget if needed over rain disasters

National / Politics Jul 21, 2018

Abe will compile extra budget if needed over rain disasters

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government will consider compiling a supplementary budget while examining the damage due to floods and other disasters caused by the recent torrential rains mainly in western Japan. "We'll respond in an appropriate manner, based on needs," Abe told a news conference ...

New Zealand budget aims to deliver on 'Jacinda-mania'

Asia Pacific / Politics May 17, 2018

New Zealand budget aims to deliver on 'Jacinda-mania'

New Zealand's center-left government boosted spending on welfare and public services Thursday in a maiden budget aimed at delivering on the promises made during last year's "Jacinda-mania" election campaign. Health services are the centerpiece of the budget's spending spree, after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's campaign ...

Trump freezes recovery funds for Syria

World Mar 31, 2018

Trump freezes recovery funds for Syria

The White House has instructed the State Department to freeze over $200 million in funds earmarked for recovery efforts in Syria, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The report — which came a day after Trump declared in a speech that the U.S. would be ...