1. FEDERAL AGENCIES
Another stopgap funding bill threatens to derail programs
Speaking to federal employees this week, Sen. Ben Cardin delivered his usual denunciation of across-the-board sequestration budget cuts. They're inefficient, he said, and dangerous to agency missions. He vowed to fight them. But the Maryland Democrat briefly strayed from the topic at hand to address sequestration's more established, yet overshadowed, fiscal twin: the continuing resolution.