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GOP leaders upset by supplemental bill

May 13, 1999 Angry House Republican leaders are drawing a line in the sand in their struggle with the Senate over the fiscal 1999 disaster-defense supplemental, as are frustrated fiscal conservatives. According to GOP sources, the leadership will pull out the agricultural aid section of the package and pass it as a separate...

Rubin resigns Treasury post; Summers to succeed him

May 13, 1999 Speculation that had been circulating around Washington for months became reality Wednesday, as President Clinton announced Treasury Secretary Rubin would step down in early July. Rubin's protege, Deputy Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, will be nominated to replace him. Rubin-who began his tenure with the administration in January 1993 as head...

White House may accept super-size supplemental

May 10, 1999 As the only legislative train on the fast track to the White House, the fiscal 1999 emergency supplemental has grown from a $1 billion disaster aid package for Central American hurricane victims to a $13 billion vehicle to fund U.S. military and humanitarian operations in Kosovo, give the military a...

Federal Y2K czar offers upbeat assessment

April 22, 1999 All federal government mission-critical computer systems are expected to be year 2000-compliant "well before the end of the year," according to a new assessment by the President's Council on the Year 2000 Conversion. The report was unveiled Wednesday at a news conference by Council Chairman John Koskinen, who reported that...

Armey: DoD needs more money now

April 20, 1999 House Majority Leader Dick Armey Monday issued a letter stating President Clinton's expected $6 billion supplemental request for funding for the operation in Kosovo is inadequate because the endeavor is depleting other military resources. "Even $10 billion would be insufficient to begin fixing six years of Clinton-Gore neglect of our...

Surplus surges; could ease budget work

March 5, 1999 Going into a budget meeting Thursday afternoon, GOP leaders received some good news from CBO Director Dan Crippen, as he told the House Budget Committee today that federal revenues continue to increase. House and Senate leaders want to agree on an fiscal 2000 budget outline, but are struggling with how...

Top Hill leaders go to the White House

February 24, 1999 For the first time since the summer of 1997, President Clinton today met with the Republican and Democratic congressional leadership at the White House-discussing a range of domestic policy issues and the situation in Kosovo. After the meeting, none of the congressional participants noted any significant agreements. But it appeared...

Feds lead the way on Y2K, official says

February 12, 1999 Although anxiety is mounting across the nation about the potential fallout from the year 2000 computer problem, it is unlikely there will significant blackouts in any crucial industrial sector, according to the nation's top federal overseer of efforts to make U.S. computers Y2K-compliant. "I do not think there will be...

White House ready to negotiate on budget caps

February 5, 1999 White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairwoman Janet Yellen indicated Wednesday that the Clinton administration stands ready to negotiate with Congress new levels for the spending caps imposed by the 1997 budget agreement. While noting that President Clinton's budget for fiscal 2000 abides by the caps and pay-go rules, she...

As trial opens, White House rebuts charges

January 14, 1999 As the Senate prepared to hear opening statements in the impeachment trial of President Clinton, the White released a 130-page memo rebutting the House case against the President. The White House "trial memorandum" reiterates previous arguments that the charges against President Clinton are unproven and do not rise to the...

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