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Whipping the debt ceiling vote

April 25, 2011 Congress is likely to raise the debt ceiling some time before the July 4th recess, but probably lacks the votes to do so in either chamber unless the vote is paired with a commitment to spending cuts. National Journal compiled a "whip list" below detailing the stated position of senators...

Congress passes bill funding government through September

April 14, 2011 The Senate, acting shortly after the House, voted 81 to 19 to pass a continuing resolution funding the federal government through the end of September, effectively ending a months-long fight that nearly shut down the government this week. President Obama is expected to sign the bill by Friday, but Washington...

Loud opposition unlikely to scuttle budget deal

April 12, 2011 Loud opposition from some Republicans to a six-month spending deal that averted a government shutdown will enable conservatives to blow off some steam but is unlikely to stymie passage of the bill before the latest short-term funding measure expires at the end of Thursday. Staffers with the House and Senate...

Budget deal faces one last hurdle

April 11, 2011 As it moves to the next budget battle, Congress still faces the pesky task of legislating an end to the last one. All the sighs of relief that followed last week's deal to keep the government open will do little to alter the reality that once again lawmakers have to...

Reid: We have a deal -- almost

April 8, 2011 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Thursday morning that he and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, have agreed on a deal to cut about $38 billion from current spending levels, but added that Republican insistence on including a policy rider blocking federal funding for Planned Parenthood, is the only...

GOP passes futile one-week spending measure

April 7, 2011 With an eye to protecting themselves politically in case of a government shutdown, House Republicans passed legislation on Thursday that would fund the federal government for another week and pay for the Department of Defense through the rest of the fiscal year. But the bill, which passed the House 247...

Reid expects shutdown, constituents say; White House announces new meeting

April 7, 2011 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told some Nevada constituents at a breakfast on Thursday that he expects a government shutdown after little progress was made in staff-level talks Wednesday night, according to five people who attended the meeting. "He said he anticipates a shutdown," said one constituent. "He was...

Progress reported in spending deal talks

April 6, 2011 Negotiators working on six-month funding measure to avert a government shutdown on Saturday morning are reporting progress from talks on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, according to people close to the negotiations. The movement appears to the result of willingness by Democrats to entertain total cuts approaching the $40 billion...

GOP opposition spells trouble for OMB nominee

April 6, 2011 While Congress wages multiple budget and spending fights, the Senate Budget Committee on Tuesday reported out the nomination of Heather Higginbottom for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget on a party-line 11-10 vote that spells trouble for her confirmation chances. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs...

Behind closed doors, Boehner tells GOP frosh how a shutdown works

April 1, 2011 House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in a closed-door meeting Thursday afternoon, exhorted freshman Republicans to "keep up the rhetoric" in the fight over funding the government this year and predicted that Democratic senators will give in to pressure from their constituents to make cuts. "The more you keep on them,...

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