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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...

House passes government funding bill for three more weeks

March 15, 2011 The House on Tuesday passed a stopgap funding bill that would cut $6 billion from current discretionary spending levels and keep the government operating through April 8. The House action comes as pressure increases on House Republicans, Senate Democrats and the White House to find a compromise on spending for...

New continuing resolution shows GOP’s strong hand

March 11, 2011 Fiscal years have now collapsed into fiscal weeks. With no sign of a compromise on the horizon, House Republican leaders have taken the initiative and will unveil another stopgap funding bill on Friday that will cut roughly $6 billion from current discretionary spending levels and continue to fund the government...

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...

Wednesday's spending votes will lay markers

March 9, 2011 Senators will make their case for competing visions of how to fund the government on Wednesday afternoon, getting a chance to lay markers with two votes that will help determine where negotiations go from here. The Senate is scheduled to vote on a Republican plan to fund the rest of...

Republicans reject White House offer on funding deal

March 4, 2011 House and Senate Republican leaders Friday morning assertively dismissed the White House's offer to cut another $6.5 billion in discretionary spending for the remaining seven months of this fiscal year, saying that level of spending reduction is not enough to meet budget-cutting goals. "Unfortunately, it is little more than the...

Spending bills face new roadblocks in Senate

March 4, 2011 Eight Republican senators, including Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and John McCain, R-Ariz., put their colleagues on notice with a letter Thursday announcing their intent to block any legislation that doesn't meet certain criteria, including a requirement that all new spending must be offset with cuts to lower priority spending. "As...

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...

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...

Reid says Senate will pass two-week spending extension this week

March 1, 2011 The Senate will consider a two-week stopgap bill "within 48 hours" to fund the federal government before turning its attention to a longer-term continuing resolution for fiscal 2011, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Tuesday. Reid's move came as the House on Tuesday approved a two-week CR, despite White...

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