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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: White House punts on shutdown deal

April 5, 2011 House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., on Tuesday accused the White House of making a government shutdown more likely by "rejecting" a House Republican offer to keep the government funded for one more week. A White House meeting with congressional leaders produced no deal on a short-term spending measure ...

House GOP to offer one-week stopgap spending measure

April 5, 2011 House Republican leaders planned to go to the White House on Tuesday for negotiations on spending armed with another stopgap spending proposal to keep the government running beyond Friday's midnight deadline for avoiding a government shutdown. The new measure was being described on Monday night as a "hybrid" continuing resolution, ...

Obama calls Hill leaders to White House for talks on avoiding shutdown

April 4, 2011 President Obama is calling congressional leaders to the White House on Tuesday to try and forge a last-ditch deal on a spending plan to avert a federal government shutdown at midnight Friday. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama's face-to-face meeting with House Speaker Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, Senate Majority ...

Reid predicts budget will omit many policy riders

April 1, 2011 As Senate Democrats and House Republicans continue negotiating a spending measure for the rest of this fiscal year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, R-Nev., said on Friday he doesn't expect many of the policy riders now in the House-passed bill to survive in the final agreement. "We are going to ...

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 ...

Democrats say only $6 billion separates sides in budget talks

March 30, 2011 The difference between a government shutdown or not might come down to just $6 billion in a $3 trillion-plus budget. Senate Democrats asserted on Tuesday that the two sides are only $6 billion apart from a deal to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends ...

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 ...

Obama signs three-week stopgap spending bill

March 18, 2011 President Obama signed legislation on Friday that will cut $6 billion from current discretionary spending and fund the government for another three weeks. The bill was passed by the Senate on Thursday and the House on Tuesday. It gives House Republicans, Senate Democrats, and the White House additional time to ...

Three-week funding measure headed to president

March 17, 2011 The Senate on Thursday sent President Obama legislation that would cut $6 billion from current discretionary spending and fund the government for another three weeks beyond Friday when the current stopgap spending bill expires. Along with avoiding a government shutdown, the new short-term continuing resolution, which passed 87 to 13, ...