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GOP aims for Tuesday consideration of short-term spending bill

February 25, 2011 House Republican leaders are set to unveil their proposal for another stopgap spending bill that cuts $4 billion from current discretionary spending levels and keeps the government running for two more weeks while Democrats and Republicans negotiate a compromise for the remainder of the fiscal year. The House is likely ...

Lawmakers play down shutdown, but solution is elusive

February 22, 2011 Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said she believes that an extension of the current stopgap spending measure will likely be needed as House Republicans and Senate Democrats negotiate a deal on spending for the rest of the fiscal year. But Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. -- in a nod to similar comments ...

Wisconsin governor says he won't compromise with unions

February 20, 2011 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said Sunday morning that he would not compromise with unions and absentee Democrats in the state Senate over his plan to limit state workers' right to collective bargaining. The 14 Senate Democrats, who have fled to Illinois to stall a vote on the governor's proposal, ...

House votes down effort to deny step increases; passes spending bill

February 19, 2011 After several long days of arduous debate, the House early Saturday morning passed a $1 trillion GOP bill that funds government operations for the remainder of the fiscal year, cuts about $60 billion in discretionary spending, and sets up a standoff with the Democratic-led Senate that threatens to shut down ...

House votes to cut alternate F-35 engine backed by speaker

February 16, 2011 In a significant victory for the Pentagon, the House voted 233-198 Wednesday to ax the controversial F-35 Joint Strike Fighter second-engine program that the White House and military have long contended is unnecessary and too costly. The much-anticipated vote came after both sides mounted a fierce lobbying battle, focusing particularly ...

Defense-related spending bill amendments progress

February 16, 2011 The House moved forward on Tuesday on a handful of amendments to the defense portion of legislation on the House floor that would fund the remainder of the fiscal year and cut about $60 billion from current levels, as President Obama threatened to veto the measure. It appeared late Tuesday ...

White House threatens to veto 2011 funding measure

February 15, 2011 The threat of a government shutdown looms a little larger in Washington Tuesday afternoon after President Obama officially threatened to veto legislation currently being considered by the House that would fund the government for remainder of the 2011 fiscal year. House Republicans want to cut about $60 billion from current ...

F-35 second engine under fire in spending debate

February 15, 2011 As the House begins debate on legislation to fund the remainder of the fiscal year, opponents of a provision allocating $450 million for the controversial "second-engine" program for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter are hoping to convince GOP freshmen to support their amendment to kill the funding. A vote on ...

House GOP releases spending plan with $100 billion in cuts

February 11, 2011 House Republican leaders unveiled legislation Friday night designed to fund the rest of the fiscal year, which includes $100 billion in discretionary spending cuts compared with President Obama's fiscal 2011 budget request. "This evening, on behalf of House Republicans, Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers [R-Ky.] introduced a continuing resolution that will ...

House-Senate gulf on spending for the rest of 2011 grows

February 11, 2011 The chasm between what the House and Senate find acceptable on federal spending widened on Thursday when House Republicans appeared to coalesce around seeking $100 billion in cuts compared to President Obama's fiscal 2011 budget request. The GOP-controlled House and Democratic-controlled Senate were already far apart when House appropriators last ...