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House subcommittees finally get spending allocations

June 11, 2003 Capping off nearly seven weeks of protracted negotiation among House GOP leaders, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, and ultimately President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, the House Appropriations Committee has finalized its 302(b) subcommittee allocations for fiscal 2004. This year's budget...

Hill leaders reach deal on fiscal 2004 spending levels

June 6, 2003 In a matter of minutes Thursday, the bicameral congressional leadership and Appropriations Committee chairmen worked out a tentative deal to break the logjam that has delayed the start of the fiscal 2004 appropriations process for more than six weeks. The four want to use up to $3 billion from defense...

White House may step in on appropriations bills

June 5, 2003 In an indication of increased involvement by congressional leaders in the appropriations process this year, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., wants to convene a bicameral meeting as early as Thursday with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Young, R-Fla., and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Ted...

Outgoing OMB chief laments lack of progress in cutting government

May 23, 2003 Looking back on his term at the helm of the Office of Management and Budget, Director Mitch Daniels expressed disappointment that the Bush administration had not made greater progress in paring the size of government. "We did not make nearly the headway we should have made in affecting individual programmatic...

Lack of senior officials at Homeland Security stymies Congress

May 12, 2003 Created only months ago, the House and Senate Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittees nevertheless have hit the ground running with a flurry of hearings, with members saying that the only significant impediments they face are those posed by the Bush administration. The Homeland Security Department has yet to fill many senior...

House appropriators gird for spending battles

May 5, 2003 Already struggling to divide $784.5 billion in discretionary spending among hungry subcommittees, House appropriators say their job has been made even harder by a fiscal 2004 budget resolution they charge cheats them out of as much as $7.6 billion. Although House and Senate Appropriations committees face cash shortages, House appropriators...

Bush signs $79 billion war spending package

April 16, 2003 Twenty-three days after he requested extra funds, President Bush Wednesday signed into law a $79 billion supplemental bill to cover the costs of war in Iraq. The fiscal 2003 supplemental spending package includes $62.6 billion for operations in Iraq; $8.2 billion for international assistance programs and an Iraq relief and...

Conferees work to wrap up war supplemental

April 11, 2003 Conferees on the nearly $80 billion fiscal 2003 war supplemental appropriations bill Friday adopted just one amendment-on Defense Department notification to Congress about spending from the Defense Emergency Reserve Fund-during the hour they met before recessing for House votes. With the prospects for a quick end to the conference in...

House, Senate leaders seek to break logjam on war spending bill

April 10, 2003 With appropriators unable to resolve their differences over what the House charges are extraneous "pork barrel" provisions in the Senate version of the fiscal 2003 war supplemental appropriations bill, the issue appears to have been kicked up to the leadership level. Following a meeting Thursday of Senate committee chairmen, Agriculture...

House, Senate pass war supplemental spending bill

April 4, 2003 The House and Senate Thursday night approved separate versions of a fiscal 2003 war supplemental spending bill that with amendments totaled almost $80 billion. Senators voted 93-0 to approve their version of the supplemental. The House vote was 414-12. During Senate floor debate Thursday, the chamber added $105 million to...

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