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Senator rips Bush budget's accusations of micromanagement

February 7, 2002 Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., Thursday pointedly dressed down Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill during a Budget Committee hearing over a cartoon contained in President Bush's fiscal 2003 budget and comments that O'Neill recently made disparaging congressional rules. Holding up Bush's budget, Byrd expressed disgust with an old editorial...

House conservatives to make case for balanced budget

February 6, 2002 With the economic stimulus package set to be pulled from the Senate floor Wednesday, House conservatives are increasingly optimistic they can make a case for a balanced budget in fiscal 2003. Conservatives point out that although the $2.13 trillion 2003 budget President Bush submitted to Congress Monday projects an $80...

OMB defends budget priorities before congressional skeptics

February 5, 2002 Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch Daniels Tuesday offered a vigorous defense of the $2.13 trillion budget before the Senate Budget Committee Tuesday, where Budget Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and panel Democrats proved a skeptical audience. Republicans, led by Budget ranking member Pete Domenici of New Mexico, heartily endorsed...

Hill budget office releases spending outlook

January 31, 2002 The Congressional Budget Office Thursday released the full text of its annual budget and economic outlook, filling in the gaps from the preview CBO Director Crippen gave congressional budget committees last week. The report provides new information on homeland security spending, the impact of last year's $1.35 trillion tax cut...

Congress wraps up fiscal 2002 spending bills

December 20, 2001 The House completed the fiscal 2002 appropriations cycle Thursday morning with an overwhelming 408-6 vote for the 13th and final spending bill--the $317 billion Defense and $20 billion anti-terrorism supplemental package--after a scant five minutes of debate. Voting against the bill were Reps. John Conyers, D-Mich; Bob Filner and Barbara...

House, Senate ready to finish remaining spending measures

December 20, 2001 If the first session of the 107th Congress is not one for the history books by the end of the day, it will not be because of appropriators. The House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to approve the fiscal 2002 Labor-HHS and Foreign Operations conference reports and House leaders planned to put...

House, Senate conferees wrap up final two spending bills

December 19, 2001 Conferees wrapped up work Tuesday on the two largest annual spending bills--Defense and Labor-HHS--setting the stage for House votes today on the $123 billion Labor-HHS bill and Thursday on the Defense and Foreign Operations bills, the last fiscal 2002 bills. While Senate sources hoped that chamber also could adopt the...

Final agreements on spending bills appear within reach

December 18, 2001 Appropriators today were inching closer to wrapping up the $20 billion fiscal 2002 anti-terrorism supplemental, and readying the final three fiscal 2002 conference reports of the year for votes later this week. According to Appropriations Committee sources, the $20 billion will be divided as follows: $3.5 billion for defense, $8.2...

House, Senate appropriators could finish by Thursday

December 17, 2001 House and Senate Appropriations Committee sources Monday reported that, after a weekend of successful staff-level negotiations on supplemental spending, they hope to wrap up the fiscal 2002 appropriations cycle in the House, if not the Senate, as soon as Thursday. Although the four chairmen and ranking members have yet to...

Deal on anti-terrorism spending remains elusive

December 14, 2001 Despite an unscheduled visit by Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Young, R-Fla.,negotiations over supplemental anti-terrorism spending remained stalled Thursday, amid expressions of frustration about the lack of progress. Byrd said he had been unable to reach Young by phone, so he dropped...

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