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OMB director lambastes war spending bill

May 21, 2008 Office of Management and Budget Director James Nussle Wednesday denounced the supplemental spending bills emerging from the House and Senate, saying that President Bush will reject them and that the Defense Department will soon have to take drastic measures to address the absence of needed funding. But Nussle, who spoke...

Bush's plan to halve earmarks getting mixed reviews

January 28, 2008 President Bush will veto fiscal 2009 appropriations bills that do not halve the number and cost of earmarks and will issue an executive order Tuesday directing federal agencies to ignore future earmarks that are added in report language rather than actual legislation. "If they're going to be in legislative language,...

Pork reigns supreme at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue

December 20, 2007 President Bush rarely misses a chance to demand that Congress temper its enthusiasm for earmarks, regularly insisting that pork-addicted lawmakers wean themselves from the practice. But among the most compulsive earmarkers, Bush stands out as the most prolific practitioner of them all, according to preliminary statistics compiled by Taxpayers for...

Bush: Congress should pass one-year continuing resolution if budget talks fail

December 14, 2007 President Bush Friday signed a new one-week continuing resolution, but called on Congress to approve a yearlong CR if it fails to finish the fiscal 2008 appropriations bills this year. "It would be disappointing if members of Congress did not finish their work by the holidays," Bush told reporters. "But...

House Dems accuse White House of censoring federal scientists

December 10, 2007 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Democrats issued a draft report Monday accusing the White House of censoring federal scientists, editing reports and otherwise politicizing global warming talks. The committee Wednesday will vote on the report, which is being released during the final week of U.N. climate change talks in...

Bush demands vote on Defense funding

December 3, 2007 President Bush Monday demanded that Congress pass an Iraq war funding bill that he can support, saying Congress should remain in session until the legislation is finished. Bush put the Iraq funding supplemental at the top of what he described as "nearly a year's worth of unfinished business" that Congress...

Bush vetoes Labor-HHS bill, blasts Democrats over spending

November 13, 2007 President Bush Tuesday vetoed the $151 billion Labor-HHS appropriations bill, launching what is sure to be a contentious and possibly lengthy appropriations standoff with Congress. The president rejected the measure at the White House before departing for New Albany, Ind., where he slammed Democrats for what he described as their...

Bush nominates former North Dakota governor as Agriculture secretary

October 31, 2007 President Bush on Wednesday tapped former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer to serve as Agriculture secretary. "Ed Schafer's the right choice to fill this post," Bush said during an appearance with Schafer at the White House. "He was a leader on agricultural issues during his eight years as governor of...

Bush says he will veto 'three-bill pileup'

October 30, 2007 Using some of the sharpest rhetoric of his presidency, President Bush attacked congressional Democrats Tuesday on an array of fronts, charging them with wasting time while seeking to raise taxes and overspend. Bush, who spoke following a White House meeting with House Republicans, derided as a "cynical political strategy" a...

Administration says deficit at lowest level in five years

October 11, 2007 The Bush administration announced Thursday that the fiscal 2007 budget deficit was $163 billion, a decline of $85 billion from last year and the lowest level in five years. At an estimated 1.2 percent of gross domestic product, according to the administration, the deficit is half the 40-year average deficit...

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