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House looks to pass full fiscal year CR

December 3, 2010 With a dwindling calendar in the lame-duck session to finish legislative business, House Democrats are expected to get the ball rolling next week by trying to pass a continuing resolution that would fund the federal government through the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year, Democratic and Republican congressional sources ...

House passes bill to fund agencies two more weeks

December 1, 2010 With many legislative priorities still waiting for action, the House Wednesday approved legislation that would continue funding federal government programs, most at fiscal year 2010 levels, through Dec. 18. The measure, which passed 239-178, would extend the current continuing resolution, which expires Friday, for just over two weeks. The CR ...

Earmark ban fails in Senate

November 30, 2010 The Senate Tuesday morning defeated an attempt from Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., to ban earmarks through fiscal 2013. Coburn and McCaskill sought to attach the ban -- which would be binding, unlike the voluntary moratorium Republicans recently adopted in the House and Senate -- to a ...

House, Senate eye short-term funding extensions

November 29, 2010 Facing a December 3 deadline, the House and Senate this week will take up a short-term continuing resolution to keep the government funded through about December 17, increasing odds the lame-duck session will spill into the week before Christmas. The Senate will take up a two-week CR after completing action ...

Vote looms for earmarks ban

November 23, 2010 The Senate will next week vote on a binding, three-year earmark moratorium, but in order to offer the ban the Senate must first vote to suspend its rules, which will require 67 votes to pass -- a difficult hurdle to clear. The ban is sponsored by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., ...

Lawmakers grappling with best strategy for keeping government running

November 18, 2010 Democratic leaders are attempting to get on the same page on how to fund the government, but mixed signals among Senate and House Democrats and the White House are casting some doubt on the only must do business in the lame duck: funding the government. Senate Democratic leaders are aiming ...

GOP earmark ban could pose problems for omnibus

November 16, 2010 Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, said Tuesday that he could have a fiscal 2011 omnibus spending package ready to take to the floor in 24 hours, but he acknowledged that Republican plans for a moratorium on earmarks could make the bill more difficult to pass. "I am hoping ...

Senate majority leader goes easy on deficit-cutting plan

November 12, 2010 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Thursday he was pleased that the co-chairmen of the president's fiscal commission unveiled their budget proposal on Wednesday, but indicated that the plan would need to be changed before it would get his support. "I thank the leaders of the bipartisan debt commission ...

Senate battle over earmark moratorium heats up

November 11, 2010 An earmark moratorium fight pitting Senate Republican leaders against earmark opponents led by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., is heating up as the factions have begun touting dueling whip lists showing they hold an advantage. One earmark advocate on Wednesday cited a tally showing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who ...

Fiscal commission leaders back spending cuts, tax increases

November 10, 2010 The chairmen of President Obama's fiscal commission proposed a sweeping collection of spending cuts and tax increases Wednesday in a bid to jolt the panel's 16 other members out of their Republican and Democratic orthodoxies. The proposals are believed to include proposed reductions in future Social Security benefits -- an ...