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House members clash with OMB director at hearing

March 14, 2002 Appropriators of both parties aggressively defended their constitutional role as guardians of the nation's purse strings Thursday and demanded a more open and free flow of information from the executive branch, as they grilled Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch Daniels at a hearing of the House Treasury-Postal Appropriations ...

House budget chair to propose balanced budget—sort of

March 12, 2002 House Budget Committee Chairman Jim Nussle, R-Iowa, and Majority Whip Tom DeLay, R-Texas, Tuesday confirmed that Nussle will present a fiscal 2003 budget resolution that is balanced--except for "what we did in a bipartisan way last week, and have done since Sept. 11," said Nussle. That was a reference to ...

Appropriators begin to flex muscles on spending

March 8, 2002 Although they have yet to take center stage this session, House appropriators have been working behind the scenes to protect their interests as they gear up for the start of the fiscal 2003 appropriations cycle. In the last week alone, they met with Budget Committee Chairman Jim Nussle, R-Iowa, about ...

OMB director blistered Army Corps chief in memo before firing

March 8, 2002 Despite an Office of Management and Budget official's denial that OMB Director Mitch Daniels was involved in the forced resignation of former Army Corps of Engineers head Mike Parker, a frank and sharply worded memo from Daniels indicates he was at least in the loop. A former House member from ...

GOP leaders hopeful of a nominally balanced budget

March 7, 2002 With less than a week before next Wednesday's scheduled House Budget Committee markup of the fiscal 2003 budget resolution, GOP leaders are quietly confident that despite the obstacles, they can produce at least a nominally balanced budget for next year. Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., acknowledged Wednesday that as the House ...

White House briefs Congress on contingency government plan

March 5, 2002 House and Senate leaders Tuesday received a briefing at the White House on the administration's contingency plans to keep essential government functions running in the event of an attack on Washington. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle had told reporters last week he had not been made aware of the East ...

House, Senate face budget maze

March 4, 2002 As Congress gears up for what could be one of the most punishing budget battles in recent memory, top leaders and budget writers in the House and Senate face divergent--but equally complicated--challenges. In the House, GOP leaders and Budget Committee Chairman Jim Nussle, R-Iowa, are intent on producing a balanced ...

GAO chief warns of staggering fiscal challenges

February 27, 2002 General Accounting Office Comptroller General David Walker found a small but receptive audience at the Senate Budget Committee Wednesday when he delivered a sobering assessment of the staggering long-term fiscal challenges the federal budget faces. "Absent substantive reform of the entitlement programs, a rapid escalation of federal spending for Social ...

Balanced budget goal remains difficult

February 19, 2002 Even before the economic stimulus plan died in the Senate earlier this month, House conservatives and Majority Whip Tom DeLay, R-Texas, had begun pushing for Congress to write a balanced budget plan for fiscal 2003--causing no small amount of heartburn for Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., Budget Committee Chairman Jim Nussle, ...

Democrats step up criticism of Bush budget

February 11, 2002 Democrats may not yet have an alternative for President Bush's budget--which the president sent to Capitol Hill a week ago--but they are already armed with their most detailed analyses yet of what he has proposed as they lay the groundwork for their eventual response. Last week, both House and Senate ...