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Treasury-Postal bill still controversial

July 14, 1998 Back in session today, the House plans to kick off what Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, predicted will be a "tough July," with what promises to be another difficult vote on the rule for the FY99 Treasury-Postal appropriations bill--which went down to defeat before the July 4th recess. Armey said...

Senate to focus on appropriations

July 14, 1998 Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., Monday outlined a busy Senate schedule for the month of July that he emphasized will focus almost exclusively on moving fiscal 1999 appropriations legislation. Lott said that, after debating a private property rights bill and a cloture vote Monday, the Senate will turn its...

Senate gears up for busy July

July 8, 1998 Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., Tuesday outlined "a very ambitious schedule" for the month of July that he said will include votes on the next three Mondays and "most Fridays." Speaking to reporters, Lott reeled off a lengthy list of bills he would like to bring up before the...

House conservatives pleased with budget process

June 30, 1998 Despite a couple of bumps in the road to passing fiscal 1999 appropriations bills, most recently the failure last week to pass the rule on the Treasury-Postal measure, House conservatives say they are generally pleased with how the appropriations process is shaping up this year--as well as with appropriators and...

Clinton says he'll sign IRS reform bill

June 25, 1998 President Clinton Tuesday night released a statement indicating he would sign the IRS reform bill approved Tuesday by House-Senate negotiators, even with a reduction in capital gains taxes included. Clinton said: "We need an IRS that reflects American values and respects American taxpayers. This bill goes a long way toward...

House budget protects employee benefits

June 8, 1998 After days of hand-wringing, arm-twisting and nose-counting, the House Friday afternoon passed its version of a fiscal 1999 budget resolution by 216-204. The budget, which would slash federal spending by another $100 billion over the next five years, represents a "historic effort to keep us on the offensive," House Speaker...

Lott, Daschle, disagree on IRS board

May 5, 1998 Despite a bipartisan commitment to expedite Senate consideration of IRS reform legislation this week, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., and Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., nevertheless today found things to disagree over with regard to the bill--namely, the makeup of the oversight board the measure would create and how...

House conservatives propose deeper budget cuts

April 30, 1998 The House Conservative Action Team Wednesday unveiled its own budget proposal, which Rep. David McIntosh, R-Ind., the group's chairman, said reflects conservative principles and offers an alternative designed to influence the fiscal 1999 budget plan being prepared by House Budget Chairman Kasich, R-Ohio. "Our hope is that [Kasich] will pick...

Defense offsets on way out of spending bill

April 30, 1998 Although no final decision was confirmed, conferees on the supplemental appropriations measure Wednesday appeared ready to dump a House plan to offset defense spending and some House conservatives--who had been balking - said they were ready to accept the compromise. "All of the defense appropriation is not offset," Senate Appropriations...

GOP reaction to budget-slashing proposal mixed

April 29, 1998 As House Budget Chairman John Kasich, R-Ohio, began outlining his budget priorities to Republican colleagues Tuesday night, members clearly were divided along ideological lines: Conservatives embraced it, while moderates approached it cautiously. "I know this isn't going to be easy," Kasich said following a meeting of the House Republican Conference....

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