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House chair: We'll make the funding deadline

October 5, 1998 Notwithstanding threats made by various involved parties, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bob Livingston, R-La., today said he remains confident funding negotiators can cut the deals needed to resolve the remaining contentious issues this week. "I think we can work it out," Livingston said, following a bicameral meeting with Republican and ...

Gingrich: GOP will keep government open

October 2, 1998 Making it clear Republicans will not shut down the government, House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., today left open the possibility of passing a series of continuing resolutions-possibly lasting until after the election-but appropriators quickly shot down that idea, saying they are intent on finishing their work next weekend. Gingrich said ...

Congress may miss target adjournment date

October 1, 1998 The 105th Congress should miss its targeted adjournment date of next Friday, Oct. 9, by only a day or two, although that will mean working part of the Columbus Day weekend, according to both House and Senate Republican leadership aides. But the aides said they still hope to adjourn in ...

White House: We don't want a shutdown

September 30, 1998 White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles Tuesday sent a letter to House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., saying that President Clinton will do all he can to avoid a government shutdown, but will not "shy away from a fight" over his "budget priorities." "In a series of letters, you have ...

Senate to push spending bills

September 9, 1998 Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., said Tuesday that the Senate will first take up the fiscal 1999 Interior appropriations bill this week, even with the possibility that Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis., may offer their campaign finance reform bill as an amendment. ...

Capitol police issue security guide

August 10, 1998 As the Capitol Hill community continues to cope with the shooting deaths of two Capitol Police officers killed last month in the line of duty by a gunman believed to be a paranoid schizophrenic, the Capitol Police are circulating a fact sheet on security to offices throughout the Capitol. Titled, ...

Hill leaders gird for final push

August 3, 1998 With the conclusion of the 105th Congress in sight, leaders of both chambers are winnowing their lists of "must-pass" legislation that must move before the projected sine die adjournment date of Oct. 9. And with the exception of fiscal 1999 appropriations bills, those lists are pretty short because of the ...

Security tightened in wake of Hill shootings

August 3, 1998 With Capitol Hill still reeling from the loss of two Capitol Police officers in last Friday's shootings, the security presence around some congressional leaders has been beefed up even as others plan no changes. Most notable among the changes is the presence of security around House Minority Whip David Bonior, ...

Congress plans appropriations bill spree

July 24, 1998 As the countdown to the August recess begins, both houses of Congress are focused on making progress on their FY99 appropriations work, with the House pledging to pass all 13 spending bills and the Senate committed to doing eight. Next week, the House will consider suspensions and continue to debate ...

Projected budget surplus grows

July 16, 1998 Even without counting the Social Security surplus, the budget will be in balance in 2002 using new CBO projections released Wednesday. The new figures foretell a much brighter fiscal future than was envisioned just five months ago. The projected surplus for this year is $63 billion, rising to $251 billion ...