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GOP leaders iron out budget differences

April 13, 1999 House and Senate GOP leaders and budget chairmen Monday hammered out final details of the fiscal 2000 congressional budget resolution, agreeing to include Senate Budget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici's Social Security "lockbox" provision and a combination of the House and Senate Medicare language. But the agreement includes no instructions on...

GOP looks for relief from budget caps

April 9, 1999 While congressional Republicans have adopted budget resolutions that provide for a modest tax cut and spending restraint in fiscal 2000, few budget writers expect they will have to live within those limits. In fact, most concede they are counting on the CBO to give them additional money for tax cuts...

Supplemental spending bill may face fatal impasse

April 2, 1999 The first major bill of the 106th Congress, the fiscal 1999 supplemental spending package, has hit a major impasse-with the Senate going in one direction, the House in another and the Clinton administration in yet a third. While Senate sources appear willing to let the aid package drop altogether, House...

Rehnquist: Leave judiciary out of census debate

March 30, 1999 Facing a funding cutoff June 15 because of the fight between Republicans and the Clinton administration over the use of sampling in next year's census, Supreme Court Chief Justice Rehnquist has urged House and Senate appropriators to exempt the judiciary from the fight. "The judicial branch should not, and does...

House to allow votes on four budget plans

March 25, 1999 The House Rules panel was expected Wednesday afternoon to make only three alternative budget resolutions in order for this week's budget floor debate: the Democratic alternative by Budget ranking member John Spratt, D-S.C.; the Blue Dog Coalition budget by conservative Democrats, and President Clinton's budget request. Conspicuous by its absence...

House budget chair: We won't break the caps

March 19, 1999 An optimistic House Budget Chairman John Kasich, R-Ohio, told reporters Thursday that appropriators should be able to make the discretionary spending cuts needed to stay under the fiscal 2000 spending cap of $536 billion set in the fiscal 2000 budget resolution for both defense and non-defense programs, while also increasing...

Budget chiefs set fiscal 2000 spending plans

March 17, 1999 The fiscal 2000 House budget resolution unveiled Wednesday by House Budget Committee Chairman John Kasich, R-Ohio, hews closely to the document laid down Tuesday by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici, R-N.M., although it includes a smaller increase for education and less specificity on tax cuts than Domenici's mark. Both...

Kasich changes tune on anti-shutdown measure

March 15, 1999 Known by his colleagues for his high-octane energy level and peripatetic approach to legislating, House Budget Committee Chairman John Kasich, R-Ohio, may want to keep better track of the various trial balloons he releases at one time. Last month, following a speech to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Kasich...

OMB chief slams supplemental spending bill

March 12, 1999 Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew Thursday said he would recommend a veto of the $1.2 billion fiscal 1999 supplemental appropriations bill being considered by the House Appropriations Committee because it would offset the new spending by cutting $800 million in foreign affairs funding. "Taken together, these rescissions...

House struggles to hike spending, stay within caps

March 11, 1999 With the ambitious goal of sticking to the fiscal 2000 spending cap central to the GOP budget outline, House appropriators and budget writers are struggling to figure out how to get from the current year spending level of $565 billion to the Office of Management and Budget-set cap of $538...

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