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House, Senate budget differences loom large

April 18, 2002 With the fiscal 2003 appropriations process facing more questions than answers, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Young, R-Fla., and Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., met for an hour and a half Wednesday evening for a wide- ranging discussion about the appropriations landscape for the remainder of the 107th Congress. The talks ...

GOP bashes Democrats on supplemental, fiscal 2003 budget

April 16, 2002 Tax--and budget resolution--deadline day may have passed, but Republicans in both chambers and at the White House Tuesday called for fiscal restraint in how Congress responds to the administration's third fiscal 2002 supplemental spending request. They also continued to criticize the Democratic Senate's failure, thus far, to adopt a fiscal ...

Dems continue to rap Ridge for failure to testify on Hill

April 12, 2002 Democrats Thursday continued to criticize Office of Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge's refusal to testify formally before Congress on the administration's $38 billion fiscal 2003 homeland security request. Ridge did meet privately Wednesday with select House appropriators and has another session scheduled for next week. But Senate Majority Leader Tom ...

Senate duo to push deficit reduction measure

April 8, 2002 Although the heat temporarily may be off Congress to raise the $5.95 trillion debt limit since Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill began tapping federal retiree accounts to cover the government's tab, a bipartisan duo of Senate deficit hawks is preparing to attach language to promote fiscal discipline to the debt limit ...

Appropriators to take their time on supplemental spending bill

March 27, 2002 Having waited since December for the administration to ready its second fiscal 2002 wartime supplemental, appropriators are in no mood to rush through consideration of the wide-ranging $27.1 billion emergency funding request the president sent to Capitol Hill last week. House Appropriations Committee aides said hearings on the supplemental are ...

OMB director warns Congress to restrain spending

March 27, 2002 Just days after sending the Bush administration's $27.1 billion fiscal 2002 emergency war supplemental to Congress, Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch Daniels Wednesday called on legislators to continue exercising spending restraint by not adding to the cost of the package. Speaking to a U.S. Chamber of Commerce breakfast, ...

White House says Senate budget proposal shortchanges military

March 20, 2002 The White House Wednesday unleashed its opening gambit as this year's budget battle got underway, suggesting the budget proposal put forward by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., amounted to an effort by Democrats to shortchange the military during wartime. Although Conrad's budget funds some of President Bush's defense ...

Lawmakers may push for increased discretionary spending

March 19, 2002 House Appropriations Committee Majority Staff Director James Dyer on Tuesday indicated that appropriators may push for a higher discretionary spending number than what is provided for in either the Budget Committee's fiscal 2003 budget resolution or President Bush's fiscal 2003 budget. Speaking before a seminar on the outlook for spending ...

GOP's defense hawks threaten to oppose House budget plan

March 18, 2002 Just two days before the fiscal 2003 budget resolution hits the floor, House GOP leaders lack the votes to pass their $2.1 trillion budget resolution, as hardliners on the Armed Services Committee are threatening to vote no unless it guarantees that the entire $10 billion reserve fund for the war ...

House Democrats unlikely to offer their own budget plan

March 15, 2002 As next Wednesday's House floor debate on the fiscal 2003 budget approaches, Democrats appear to have decided to train their fire on the Republican-sponsored budget rather than offer alternatives of their own. Although they have yet to make the final call, both Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., and a Blue ...