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House narrowly approves budget over Republican protests

June 5, 2008 The House Thursday voted 214-210 to approve the fiscal 2009 budget resolution, including $1.013 trillion in discretionary spending to be doled out among the 12 annual appropriations bills. House action on the bill came after the Senate approved the compromise measure 48-45 Wednesday. Enactment of the budget -- a nonbinding ...

Senate passes fiscal 2009 budget resolution along party lines

June 4, 2008 The Senate by a 48-45 vote approved a compromise fiscal 2009 budget resolution Wednesday that would cap discretionary spending at $1.013 trillion, $21 billion more than President Bush requested. The House is expected to take up the measure Thursday. If approved by both houses, it would be the first time ...

Senate could vote soon on budget resolution

June 3, 2008 The Senate could act on the compromise fiscal 2009 budget resolution as soon as Wednesday, possibly before the House, according to Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D. "We hope to do it Wednesday or Thursday... perhaps before the House," Conrad said. He pointed out that Senate Democratic leaders would ...

Virginia senator: McCain 'missing the boat' on veterans' benefits bill

May 27, 2008 Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., said Tuesday that opponents of his revamped GI Bill, including presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain of Arizona, were "missing the boat" by ignoring the fact that a large majority of soldiers leave after their first enlistment. "Seventy-five percent of the Army and 70 percent ...

Senate OKs war supplemental bill with veterans' benefits

May 22, 2008 The Senate approved Thursday a two-part supplemental spending package that included $165 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as increased veterans' benefits and an extension of unemployment insurance and other domestic spending. The first amendment, including the veterans' education and other domestic spending, was approved by ...

White House threatening to veto war supplemental bill

May 15, 2008 The White House issued a veto threat Thursday against the emergency supplemental war funding package because the bill would impose limitations on military commanders in the field, provide unrelated domestic funding and raise taxes. The $183.7 billion package, expected to pass the House Thursday, consists of three distinct amendments. The ...

Senator says negotiators have reached deal on budget resolution

May 13, 2008 Senate and House budget writers have reached a compromise on a budget resolution that could be taken up by both bodies as soon as next week, said Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D. "We reached agreement," Conrad said Monday. "We reached agreement on Friday night." Conrad declined to give ...

House Democrats to hash out war funding floor strategy

May 5, 2008 A supplemental spending bill that would fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could be on the House floor as soon as Thursday, according to House Democratic leadership sources, while Senate appropriators continue plans to mark up the measure. A final decision to move ahead will be based on reaction ...

Bush sends request for war supplemental to Congress

May 2, 2008 President Bush Friday detailed his request to Congress for $70 billion in fiscal 2009 for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including $66 billion for the Defense Department and $4 billion for the State Department and other international operations. OMB said the president's request "provides the necessary resources for ongoing ...

Opinions divided over chances for final budget resolution

April 29, 2008 As Democratic budget leaders move toward a more crucial stage in negotiating a final budget resolution, opinions are mixed on their chances to pass a fiscal blueprint this year. One former House Appropriations Committee staffer believes the spending panel will ultimately move forward with a "deeming resolution" which would by ...