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Democrats want to redirect war aid

March 1, 2007 House Democrats, already trying to use the $100 billion supplemental war funding package to stall President Bush's plan to send more ground troops to Iraq, said Wednesday they want to use the money to refocus on Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism. While Bush has frequently called Iraq the "central ...

Bush calls for additional $143 million for ocean research

January 26, 2007 The Bush administration announced Friday that its fiscal 2008 budget would include $143 million in new funding requests for oceans projects and also proposed a plan identifying ocean research priorities for the next 10 years. "President Bush has a bold vision to clean up our oceans and coastlines," said Commerce ...

Dems plan Iraq contract hearings in first oversight step

January 19, 2007 In a sign that the Bush administration is entering a period of intense scrutiny from the new powerbrokers on Capitol Hill, a leading Democrat with oversight responsibility will announce next week a wide-ranging probe of government contracts for rebuilding Iraq. On Tuesday, the day of President Bush's State of the ...

Bush admits errors, but orders more troops to Iraq

January 11, 2007 President Bush took responsibility Wednesday night for mistakes made in Iraq but rebuffed calls for phasing out U.S. involvement and outlined a new policy that includes sending an additional 20,000 American troops to the country. "To step back now would force a collapse of the Iraqi government" and would require ...

Bush wants earmarks cut in half for fiscal 2008

January 3, 2007 President Bush on Wednesday said Congress must reduce its use of earmarks, proposing that lawmakers cut by at least half "the number and cost" of earmarks in the fiscal 2008 appropriations bills. Renewing an effort he had pursued only half-heartedly since early in his administration when his calls to reel ...

Bush to announce revised Iraq policy before Christmas

December 8, 2006 President Bush is planning to outline a revised Iraq policy before Christmas, White House officials said Friday. Bush has not yet determined what the policy will be and is continuing a series of meetings with administration, congressional and other experts in what the White House describes as an effort to ...

OMB chief: Administration won’t box in GOP legislators

December 4, 2006 Although he must deal more closely than ever with Democratic lawmakers who have seized control of Congress, President Bush will not act to marginalize Republicans by "triangulating" them, according to a top presidential adviser. "This president is not interested in triangulating, period," said Office of Management and Budget Director Rob ...

Lame duck session likely to last until at least mid-December

November 9, 2006 The Senate is slated to return next week for a jam-packed legislative week, then adjourn until early December to finish the remaining work of the 109th Congress, a senior aide to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said Thursday afternoon. Frist and Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., are working with ...

Congress presents hurdles for activist president's agenda

November 8, 2006 The Democratic takeover of the House, and perhaps the Senate, throws a formidable monkey wrench into President Bush's grand designs for domestic policy during the final lap of his presidency. Bush's plans for revamping the tax code and entitlement programs, already ambitious, now face an even more difficult path. But ...

Bush continues to step up campaign travel

October 31, 2006 The White House on Tuesday said President Bush will make campaign appearances in Missouri and Iowa Friday while Vice President Cheney will travel to Idaho for an event in the city of Hayden. The White House political shop is keeping the president's schedule for the final days of the campaign ...