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House debates cost of Kosovo operation

April 16, 1999 The potential price tag on the administration's fiscal 1999 supplemental spending request for the Kosovo operation remained a moving target Thursday, as House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and Democratic leaders offered differing perspectives on how much the Kosovo supplemental should cost and what it should include. While conservative House defense...

House passes supplemental spending bill

March 25, 1999 Republicans got their first taste of the high drama that will flavor the appropriations process this year when the leadership- backed supplemental "emergency" spending bill came perilously close to failing on the floor Wednesday evening. When the 15-minute voting time had expired on the bill, Republicans had fallen short of...

Senate clears supplemental; fight expected in House

March 24, 1999 The Senate Tuesday cleared a $1.8 billion a bill to provide supplemental "emergency" appropriations for disaster assistance to Central America, aid to Jordan and farm relief. But when the $1.2 billion House version of the supplemental hits the floor today, its fate could be determined by an amendment by Rep....

Surplus surges; could ease budget work

March 5, 1999 Going into a budget meeting Thursday afternoon, GOP leaders received some good news from CBO Director Dan Crippen, as he told the House Budget Committee today that federal revenues continue to increase. House and Senate leaders want to agree on an fiscal 2000 budget outline, but are struggling with how...

House GOP leaders say they may bust budget caps

February 25, 1999 House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and Majority Whip Tom DeLay, R-Texas, Wednesday separately indicated Congress may bust the budget caps when writing the fiscal 2000 budget resolution. "When you look at the reality of the budget, there's some probability that we have to look at" the caps, said Hastert, adding:...

House panel to move on supplemental funding

February 23, 1999 Action on the Clinton administration's $1 billion fiscal 1999 disaster and foreign aid supplemental appropriations request will be the first order of business for the House Appropriations Committee this week-as the Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee will hold a hearing Wednesday on emergency supplemental funding for hurricane victims in Central America...

DoD pay raise tops Senate agenda

February 19, 1999 Senate leaders have been piecing together an agenda for the next four to five weeks that is intended to demonstrate the Republican Party's commitment to moving legislation on defense, education, and taxes-areas important to voters and key Republican constituencies. Among the first bills out of the gate when Senators return...

House GOP wants spending disputes settled early

February 9, 1999 WILLIAMSBURG, Va.-With last year's end-of-session omnibus spending package serving as a model for how not to run things, House Republican leaders are making speedy and orderly passage of spending bills a top priority for the 106th Congress, a point driven home at the Republicans' retreat here this past weekend. "I...

GOP decries spending plans, insists on tax cuts

February 1, 1999 Republican leaders today continued to rally around a major tax cut proposal while criticizing the White House for proposing what they see as excessive spending in its fiscal 2000 budget plan. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., released a statement containing some conciliatory elements, saying that Social Security reform must be...

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