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Powerful Senate Democrats and Republicans back earmarks

November 5, 2010 Senate Democrats and Republicans don't agree on much, but they appear to have found common ground in favor of the practice of congressionally directed spending, also known as earmarking. Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, has been a strong advocate of earmarks and reiterated his support Friday in a statement...

Lewis blasts Senate GOP's rumored omnibus

November 5, 2010 In what could be a preview of clashes between Republican purists and pragmatists, the top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday blasted plans by Senate Republicans to collaborate with Democrats and push through a $1 trillion catch-all spending bill. "Any effort by you or the present Democrat leadership...

Divided 112th Congress likely to struggle with budget and spending process

November 4, 2010 With the Republicans set to take the majority in the House next year, Tuesday's election left a dark cloud over the budget and appropriations process for next year, according to budget experts. Even if the Republican-led House and the Democratic Senate both manage to pass budget proposals next year, they...

Senator doubtful deficit panel will reach required consensus

October 21, 2010 Citing the charged partisan atmosphere expected to follow the mid-term elections, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., cast doubt Thursday that the president's deficit commission would be able to agree to a package of tax increases and spending cuts that would bring down the deficit to 3 percent of gross...

Earmark reformers expect more allies in new Congress

October 20, 2010 A coalition of earmark reformers believes that its goal of increased transparency and accountability will strike a chord with what is expected to be a surge of members in the next Congress who are hostile to earmarks. "We know that the next Congress is going to be more ... anti-earmark...

Deficit tops $1 trillion for the second year in a row

October 15, 2010 The federal budget deficit will surpass $1 trillion for the second year in a row, the Treasury Department and Office of Management and Budget said Friday. The deficit for fiscal 2010 came in at $1.29 trillion, which was $122 billion (9 percent) lower than in the previous year. The figure...

Budget office puts fiscal 2010 deficit at $1.3 trillion

October 8, 2010 The Congressional Budget Office Thursday put the budget deficit for fiscal 2010 at about $1.3 trillion, or 8.9 percent of the gross domestic product -- the second highest shortfall as a share of the economy since 1945. The $1.3 trillion figure was $125 billion less than the $1.4 trillion shortfall...

Republicans urge no earmarks in catch-all spending bill

October 6, 2010 More than 50 Republicans, including House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other GOP leaders, Tuesday sent a letter to House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., beseeching her not to include any earmarks in catch-all omnibus spending legislation Democrats hope to pass after the election. "We write to urge...

Senate Republicans want continuing resolution to go to February

September 29, 2010 Senate Republicans want the must-pass bill to keep funds flowing to federal programs after the fiscal year ends Thursday to last until February, rather than the Dec. 3 date that Democrats have planned. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, said Wednesday that the amendment is one of two that...

House and Senate in familiar continuing resolution endgame

September 24, 2010 Passing stop-gap legislation to fund the federal government beyond the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year will likely be the last order of business before Congress adjourns for the midterm elections. Leaders are pressing to finish work next week. "We can't go home until we have a continuing resolution,"...

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