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Senate rejects House funding measure; standoff continues

September 23, 2011 Congress heads into the weekend stuck in another game of government-shutdown chicken after the Democratic-controlled Senate voted to reject a House-passed continuing resolution and lawmakers put off further action until Monday. The Senate voted 59-36 to table the House Republican measure that would have provided $3.65 billion in Federal Emergency...

Shutdown looms as federal funding bill dies in House

September 21, 2011 As Congress wrestles to keep the government funded, a House GOP bill to extend federal funding until Nov. 18 went down to defeat 195-230 Wednesday night, in a dispute over money for disaster relief. The bill's failure was a result of a combination of Democratic and conservative Republican opposition. It...

GOP likely to prevail on limiting disaster aid; expect to avert shutdown

September 20, 2011 Republican Senate leaders are likely to prevail in defeating an amendment adding billions of dollars in disaster aid to a federal funding bill set for House passage, making prospects of a government shutdown unlikely, leadership aides in both parties and a key senator predicted on Tuesday. The Senate GOP leaders...

'Super committee' to hold first organizational meeting on Thursday

September 2, 2011 The heads of the joint select committee charged with identifying $1.5 trillion in deficit cuts over 10 years announced Friday that they will hold a public organizational hearing on Thursday, followed by their first public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The co-chairs of the panel, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and...

Super committee to prep for first hearing

August 31, 2011 The six Democratic members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction will confer by phone on Wednesday afternoon and are expected to discuss both strategy and administrative matters, aides said. The conference call follows a meeting on Tuesday among the six committee Republicans. With Congress set to return next...

Deficit-cutting panel has a fallback option

August 12, 2011 Speculation on a special deficit-reduction committee has focused on the prospect that members will either reach a so-called grand bargain or bog down in gridlock, but it is more likely they will do something in between. Aides to panel members and other sources believe the members may well fall back...

GOP leaders name deficit reduction panel members

August 10, 2011 House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has selected Republican Reps. Jeb Hensarling, Texas, Dave Camp, Mich., and Fred Upton, Mich., to serve on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. Hensarling with serve as co-chair, along with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. Senators Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Rob Portman,...

Reid announces deal to end FAA impasse

August 4, 2011 This story has been updated. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Thursday a deal has been struck to resolve the protracted dispute between Democrats and Republicans over the Federal Aviation Administration. "I am pleased to announce that we have been able to broker a bipartisan compromise between the House...

Obama calls on Congress to end FAA impasse

August 3, 2011 President Obama on Wednesday called on Congress to end the Federal Aviation Administration's partial shutdown, seeking to gain the political upper hand in yet another high-stakes showdown with House Republicans. Obama cited the thousands of FAA workers who have been furloughed and the loss of $200 million a week during...

FAA partial shutdown continues

August 2, 2011 Despite hours of back-and-forth talks among Senate leaders, Majority Leader Harry Reid has thrown in the towel on reaching agreement to end a partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration. Reid was on the verge of ending the standoff Tuesday, but he was unsuccessful in winning support for a House...

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