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Biden: Parties agree on figure for overall budget deal

March 31, 2011 Congressional leaders appear to be pulling back from the brink of a government shutdown on April 8, as House Republicans and Senate Democrats appear to be inching closer toward a spending compromise in private even as they keep up a public war of words. Leaving a meeting with Senate Democratic ...

Senate considers deal to reduce confirmations

March 30, 2011 A measure that would cut the number of executive nominees needing full Senate confirmation from roughly 1,400 to about 1,000 is advancing in the Senate. Senate Rules Committee Chairman Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and ranking member Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., on Wednesday introduced the bill, which was conceived as part of a ...

With revolt brewing, House GOP backs off budget deal

March 29, 2011 House Republican leaders are back where they started in negotiations over funding the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year. Concerned about a revolt by the conservative, tea-party wing of the party, GOP leaders have pulled back from a tentative deal to cut roughly $30 billion in cuts ...

Issa threatens to subpoena government watchdog officials

March 22, 2011 House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is stepping up his probe of a government watchdog agency, threatening to subpoena officials after they refused to turn over records related to a January report. The Office of Special Counsel, which enforces federal workplace rules, in January released a ...

House GOP, White House ramp up talks on budget deal

March 16, 2011 Talks between the House Republicans and administration are accelerating as both sides push for a deal in the next two weeks to avert a government shutdown. The negotiations are under way on several levels. Conversations between Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew and House Appropriations Republican staff have ...

Dems still looking for path on spending

March 10, 2011 Competing Republican and Democratic plans to cut discretionary spending and fund the remainder of the fiscal year failed to pass on Wednesday, a development that Democrats hope will at last refocus negotiators to find middle ground. But the GOP unity in the votes appeared more likely to fuel Republican unwillingness ...

Reid aims for Tuesday test votes on GOP, Dem spending measures

March 4, 2011 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Friday that he will hold votes on Tuesday afternoon on a House-passed measure to fund the government for the rest of the year and an alternative Democratic bill that tracks a White House proposal to cut current spending by about $6.5 billion. Democrats ...

GOP leaders surprised by White House entry into budget-cutting talks

March 2, 2011 President Obama and Senate Democrats called for the White House to lead talks with congressional leaders over a bill funding the government for the rest of fiscal year, a move that appeared to catch Republican leaders off guard. The move came in the wake of Senate passage Wednesday, on a ...

Senate passes stopgap funding bill, averts shutdown

March 2, 2011 The Senate voted 91-9 Wednesday to pass a continuing resolution extending federal government funding for two more weeks, averting a government shutdown and handing House Republicans an early win in what looks likely to be long series of budget battles with Democrats. President Obama is expected to sign it quickly, ...

Shutdown threat abates -- for now

March 2, 2011 The Senate was scheduled to vote Wednesday morning on a two-week continuing resolution, sending the stopgap measure to the president and putting off the threat of a government shutdown until after St. Patrick's Day. Senate action comes on the heels of House passage of the two-week CR, which passed on ...