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April 28, 1998 At separate news conferences Monday, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., and Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., squared off over what the defense-disaster relief supplemental should include and whether it should be offset. Lott suggested provisions on the guaranteed student loan program, crop insurance for farmers and agricultural research could...

The "Black Helicopter Caucus"

October 13, 1997 Of all the images House members invoke during floor debates, one of the most vivid is the specter of United Nations black helicopters looming on the horizon, poised to overrun U.S. soil as the agents of some shadowy New World Order internationalist regime. This week, as the House debated a...

Stripped-Down Supplemental Fails

May 23, 1997 Despite pleas from Republican and Democratic members from Midwest and Plains states hit hard by the recent devastating floods, the House leadership late Thursday rejected a pared-down version of the $8.4 billion FY97 disaster supplemental spending bill. The leadership then recessed the House to preserve its negotiating leverage on contentious...

Budget Clears Two More Hurdles

May 20, 1997 The bipartisan budget agreement survived two more legislative hurdles Monday night, as the House Rules Committee sent the measure to the floor and the Senate Budget Committee fought off several attempts to alter the deal and finally approved it intact. The Senate panel approved the budget resolution 17-4, after approving...

Budget: It's a Deal

May 16, 1997 Two weeks after he and others initially announced a budget deal, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., said Thursday night that the final details on the accord had been worked out, a move that will allow the House Budget Committee to mark up its budget resolution today. The Senate panel...

Shutdowns and Supplementals

April 30, 1997 With the FY97 disaster relief and supplemental spending bill due before the Senate Appropriations Committee this afternoon, Senate Minority Leader Daschle and OMB Director Raines both warned Tuesday the measure will be vetoed if it includes a so- called automatic continuing resolution provision. At least three other provisions Republicans want...

Budget Talks Stall

April 16, 1997 With their meeting shortened by House and Senate floor action, negotiators made little progress on the budget Tuesday, as Republicans insisted they have a Friday deadline for reaching a budget accord. "It wasn't a big success story today," Senate Budget Chairman Domenici said after the meeting. Asked if a deal...

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