Congress is unlikely to pass agency appropriations bills in a contentious election year, expert predicts.
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CBO chief tells senators using TARP money to offset jobs bill would add to the deficit, but jobs package could stimulate the economy and in turn reduce the deficit.
Pay/go amendment requires any mandatory spending increases or tax cuts to be offset.
Employee organizations applaud overall message in State of the Union address, but raise some concerns about proposals to keep budgets in check.
Objectives identified by agencies played role in cuts, increases to federal programs.
Lawmakers express mixed feelings about effectiveness of president's plan to to freeze nonsecurity discretionary spending.
President is expected to focus on jobs and a new-found emphasis on fighting deficit spending in speech.
Budget cuts targeting personnel at the counterterrorism center have been canceled in wake of attempted bombing on Christmas Day.
USDA secretary's new appointees do not require Senate confirmation.
But federal management issues play a small role in president’s first State of the Union address.