Trump administration, Congress agree on spending levels: Mnuchin

Reuters | July 18, 2019

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday that the Trump administration and congressional leaders have agreed on broad spending levels for the next two fiscal years, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would not confirm there was a deal. Mnuchin said he hoped Congress could pass a comprehensive spending package including a debt limit hike before lawmakers August recess to avoid cash flow problems that could begin in early September.

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In an effort to modernize internet connectivity in under-funded classrooms, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to invest $2 billion over the next two years to push Obama administration’s ConnectED initiative which aims to bring high speed internet and Wi-Fi access to 99% of America’s students.

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In an effort to modernize internet connectivity in under-funded classrooms, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to invest $2 billion over the next two years to push Obama administration’s ConnectED initiative which aims to bring high speed internet and Wi-Fi access to 99% of America’s students.

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Bidscale | August 17, 2022

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