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House panel approves supplemental without AmeriCorps funding

July 22, 2003 The House Appropriations Committee approved a $2 billion fiscal 2003 emergency supplemental spending measure on a voice vote Monday night after fending off an amendment by Rep. David Price, D-N.C. that would have added $100 million for AmeriCorps. Price's amendment failed on a 34-24 vote. VA-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee ranking member...

Lawmakers, aides debate role of administration in spending process

July 14, 2003 At first, the following turn of events might seem unremarkable to Washington insiders: After weeks of inconclusive meetings among themselves, top congressional appropriators and leaders head to the White House to try to break a logjam in the appropriations process. With the president's blessing, the group cuts a deal that...

Senate panel unanimous in adding new AmeriCorps funding

July 10, 2003 With little fanfare, the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday added nearly $2 billion in emergency supplemental spending-including $100 million not requested by the Bush administration for the AmeriCorps volunteer program-to the $3.6 billion fiscal 2004 Legislative Branch appropriations bill. The draft spending measure was reported out of committee by unanimous consent...

Senate panel OKs $9B military construction bill

June 27, 2003 With minimal debate and just one technical amendment, the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday approved the $9.16 billion fiscal 2004 military construction bill by unanimous consent. The bill (S. 1357) provides slightly more money than President Bush's fiscal 2004 request of $9.12 billion but $1.5 billion less than fiscal 2003 levels....

Despite regrets, panels approve Labor-HHS spending bills

June 25, 2003 After passionate debates on the cost of tax cuts and the hiring practices of faith-based organizations, the House Appropriations Committee Wednesday reported out its $138 billion fiscal 2004 Labor-HHS spending bill on a straight party-line 33-23 vote. The bill funds a vast array of social programs devoted to education, health...

White House endorses Homeland Security spending bill

June 24, 2003 The White House Tuesday released a Statement of Administration Policy supporting passage of the fiscal 2004 Homeland Security appropriations bill as reported out by House committee. The SAP lists several concerns, however, noting that the bill costs $1 billion more than proposed by the Bush administration. But it does not...

House panel approves fiscal 2004 Labor-HHS approps bill

June 19, 2003 Preferring to voice their objections rather than amend a bill they oppose, Democratic members of the House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee Thursday highlighted what they see as deficiencies in the $138 billion fiscal 2004 Labor-HHS appropriations bill the panel reported out on a 11-7 party-line vote. Appropriations ranking member David Obey,...

House panel puts its stamp on homeland, military construction bills

June 17, 2003 After adopting revised subcommittee spending allocations for fiscal 2003 and 2004, the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday completed its first full committee markup of the 2004 funding cycle, approving by voice vote the $29.4 billion Homeland Security appropriations bill and the $9.2 billion Military Construction spending bill. The committee voted 33-25...

White House, in reversal, to seek more supplemental spending

June 12, 2003 Despite repeated and forceful administration statements that it would not request another fiscal 2003 supplemental spending bill, Vice President Dick Cheney informed House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Young and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, at a meeting Wednesday that the administration plans to request roughly $1.6 billion in...

Cheney signals White House support for spending plan

June 11, 2003 Vice President Dick Cheney left a one-hour meeting Wednesday with House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Young, R-Fla., and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, saying that while the group must still hammer out some details, the administration is on board with appropriators' plan to free up as much as...

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