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House GOP mulls retroactive spending cuts

January 14, 2011 With House Republican leaders looking to slash about $60 billion from the budget this year, they are considering retroactively cutting money out of the temporary spending measure that is funding the government through March 4. The idea of retroactively cutting money that has been approved but not yet spent is ...

Shooting won't faze GOP spending agenda

January 11, 2011 House Republicans' plans to cut the budget by about $60 billion are not expected to be affected in the wake of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., despite a likely call for more funding to protect members of Congress, analysts said on Monday. "The American people still voted for ...

Congress sends another continuing resolution to Obama

December 21, 2010 The House Tuesday passed a continuing resolution that would fund the federal government through March 4, sending the measure to President Obama for his signature. The bill was approved 193-165 with little debate. Members of both parties used most of the time to bid an impromptu farewell to retiring Rep. ...

Senate working on short-term funding measure

December 18, 2010 Senate appropriators are working on a short-term continuing resolution to fund the federal government for fiscal 2011 that is expected to run through early next year - a scenario that sets up a spending fight with the White House just as the fiscal 2012 budget process gets underway. According to ...

Congress keeps government open for a few more days

December 17, 2010 This story has been updated from its original version. The House and Senate on Friday approved an extension of stop-gap funding legislation until Dec. 21, a move that put off a possible government shutdown that would have begun midnight Saturday. President Obama signed the measure Saturday. The House will reconvene ...

Democrats give up on omnibus bill, likely avert a shutdown

December 17, 2010 In the end, Democrats blinked, and in doing so likely averted a government shutdown. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Thursday abandoned efforts to pass a $1.11 trillion omnibus spending bill, giving in to pressure from Senate Republicans who criticized the measure. Reid said Thursday night on the floor ...

Senate omnibus spending bill laden with earmarks

December 15, 2010 Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, on Tuesday unveiled a $1.108 trillion omnibus spending package that he hopes to substitute for a House-passed, year-long continuing resolution -- an 11th-hour legislative gambit to close the books on fiscal 2011 appropriations. "While I appreciate the work that the House has done ...

Senate appropriator says he has the votes to pass catch-all spending bill

December 14, 2010 Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, said he believes he has the 60 votes needed to pass a 12-bill omnibus package for fiscal year 2011 spending. He adds that he may have more than 60 votes. The Senate is expected to begin consideration this week of a yearlong continuing ...

Deficit commission finds a few more cuts to make

December 6, 2010 President Obama's deficit-reduction commission will propose saving $1 billion by eliminating overlap in Homeland Security Department grant programs and $100 million by cutting the budget for obsolete international broadcast operations by 10 percent. These are the only two additions to a list of more than $200 billion in proposed cuts ...

Commission sets stage for 2011 budget debate

December 3, 2010 The stage is set for next year's budget-resolution debate, as the leadership of President Obama's deficit commission expects that many of the panel's recommendations will make it into the House's spending blueprint. Even though the 18-member commission's plan failed to win the 14 votes needed for approval and the panel ...