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White House issues veto threat on military construction, veterans measure

July 30, 2008 The White House Wednesday threatened to veto a spending measure for veterans and military construction unless Congress finds offsets in other spending bills that would amount to $2.9 billion -- the sum exceeding President Bush's fiscal 2009 budget request. Furthermore, if Congress cannot find offsets for that measure, the White ...

White House: Budget deficit will reach $482 billion

July 28, 2008 The Bush administration Monday projected that the budget deficit for fiscal 2009 would be $482 billion, more than the record $413 billion deficit recorded for fiscal 2004. The figure includes the $151 billion economic stimulus package enacted in February and would total 3.3 percent of gross domestic product. That compares ...

Senator holds out hope for finishing spending bills

July 11, 2008 Despite a pre-emptive veto threat from the White House and signs that Democratic leaders are resigned to a continuing resolution until possibly next year, Senate Appropriations Chairman Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., urged Senate leaders to schedule votes for the 12 annual spending bills. "I have urged the bipartisan leadership to make ...

Senate leader predicts continuing resolution heading into 2009

July 10, 2008 The Senate could finish work on two of the 12 annual appropriations bills before Congress passes a continuing resolution that could fund the federal government until a new president takes over next year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Thursday. "I don't think we are going to have a ...

House spending bill markups at a standstill

July 10, 2008 The regular order for the appropriations process inched closer to oblivion Wednesday as House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., shot down the possibility of any movement from his panel. "There aren't going to be any markups," he said. The rift stems from the fracas that took place during the ...

Montana senator takes appropriations route to protect state phrase

July 7, 2008 Senate Finance Chairman Committee Max Baucus, D-Mont., took steps to continue a restriction on the trade-marking of the phrase "Last Best Place" --often used in reference to Montana -- when he inserted language into the fiscal 2009 Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved before recess. The battle ...

Bush signs $162 billion war spending bill

June 30, 2008 President Bush signed into law Monday a war supplemental spending package that includes nearly $162 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in addition to an increase in veterans' education benefits and a 13-week extension of unemployment insurance. "This is a responsibility we all share, not as Republicans or ...

OMB head cheers Senate passage of war-funding bill

June 27, 2008 Office of Management and Budget Director James Nussle said Friday President Bush will sign a war supplemental spending package cleared by the Senate late Thursday, praising the legislation as "a victory for our men and women in uniform." He said Bush will decide when to sign the package once he ...

House approves supplemental, but fate of deal in Senate is unclear

June 20, 2008 Congress took a major step toward completing work on a war supplemental spending bill when the House approved a package Thursday evening that includes nearly $162 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, an increase in veterans' education benefits and a 13-week extension of unemployment insurance benefits. The spending ...

Senate committee sets discretionary fund allocations for agencies

June 19, 2008 The Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday approved the 302(b) allocations for the 12 fiscal 2009 appropriations bills, including $487.7 billion for the Defense Department, which is about $4 billion less than the $491.7 billion requested by President Bush. Overall, the panel doled out $1.013 trillion for the bills, which would be ...