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Senate weighs biennial budget proposal

January 28, 1999 While House members and senators expressed bipartisan desire to reform the annual budget process at Tuesday's joint hearing of the Senate Budget and Governmental Affairs committees, they also grappled with the usual House-Senate split over going to a biennial budget and appropriations cycle. Rep. Jim Nussle, R-Iowa, a member of...

Debate on supplemental spending to open

January 26, 1999 House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., may see his current leadership honeymoon come to an abrupt end this week when he confronts the likely first test of his speakership: how to handle the Clinton administration's fiscal 1999 supplemental appropriations request, which could cost around $2.8 billion. Between conservative Republicans' lingering bruised...

Republicans blast Clinton budget proposals

January 19, 1999 With the White House previewing multiple new fiscal year 2000 spending proposals and congressional appropriators and budgeteers worried about staying under increasingly tight budget caps, the Clinton administration can expect another year of partisan budget battles on Capitol Hill. Since the beginning of the month, the administration has rolled out...

Senate GOP prepares to unveil agenda

January 14, 1999 Senate Republicans met Wednesday, not to discuss impeachment, but to work on the legislative agenda for the 106th Congress that they plan to announce early next week. Senators said they will propose five bills centering around education, retirement and Social Security, tax cuts, national security, and anti-crime and anti-drug efforts....

Key Senator calls for lifting spending caps

January 14, 1999 Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, Wednesday kicked off the fiscal 2000 appropriations season by calling for raising the discretionary spending caps established in the 1997 balanced budget law to accommodate increased defense and education spending. Stevens also reiterated his commitment to getting the FY2000 appropriations bills finished on...

Lott pushes budget, appropriations changes

January 7, 1999 Following last year's protracted budget and appropriations battles that many Republicans considered disastrous to their policy agenda as well as to their electoral prospects, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., Wednesday proposed several Senate rules changes to keep controversial and non-germane legislative riders out of the appropriations bills and the...

Key House panels could see changes

January 6, 1999 After the 106th Congress is sworn in today and Rep. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., is formally elected speaker, the first order of legislative business will be consideration of several rules changes which could modify key committes with oversight over federal operations. One proposed change would allow the House Government Reform Committee...

GOP leaders huddle as 106th Congress nears

January 4, 1999 House Chief Deputy Majority Whip Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., expected to be nominated for speaker Tuesday by the GOP Conference, and the new House GOP leadership team today continued to prepare for the 106th Congress, with a leadership meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. today. At sessions today and Tuesday, Hastert is...

House moves toward impeachment vote

December 18, 1998 House leaders struck a deal Friday to extend debate on the impeachment of President Clinton into Saturday, when votes will be cast that likely will trigger a Senate trial next year. The agreement for 14 hours of debate was reached after Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde, R-Ill., began the debate...

GOP leaders try for impeachment vote Saturday

December 17, 1998 Attempting to finish the deliberations over impeachment of President Clinton, sources said this afternoon that House Republican leaders are proposing to start at 10 a.m. Friday and to allot 16 hours for the historic debate. The plan is to debate the four articles of impeachment adopted last week by the...

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