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Appropriators fail to meet on Defense spending bill

December 12, 2001 Appropriators failed to meet Tuesday to begin reconciling the House and Senate versions of $20 billion in supplemental anti- terrorism spending, but House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Young, R-Fla., and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., traded jabs about which side was to blame for the lack of progress....

House Democrats demand more funding for homeland security

December 11, 2001 As House and Senate appropriators position themselves to conference the $317 billion fiscal 2002 Defense spending bill and the attached $20 billion anti-terrorism supplemental, House Democrats are still leading the charge to add more supplemental money for homeland security, even as the administration pressures negotiators to give the Pentagon every...

Defense spending talks might spill over into next week

December 10, 2001 House and Senate Appropriations committee sources today said the chances are 50-50 at best they can conclude conference committee meetings on the $317 billion Defense spending bill and $20 billion anti-terrorism supplemental title by the end of the week. Given the sheer magnitude of the Defense spending bill itself, which...

Senate breaks logjam over defense spending plan

December 7, 2001 After a week of partisan wrangling over supplemental spending on the fiscal 2002 Defense appropriations bill, the Senate was poised Friday afternoon to break the logjam, after Republicans defeated a measure proposed by Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., on a budget point of order. That again demonstrated Democrats lacked...

Senate faces showdown on Sept. 11 spending

December 6, 2001 In hopes of averting a partisan parliamentary showdown, Senate Republicans may offer an alternative fiscal 2002 Defense spending bill that stays within the president's limit when debate on the measure begins today. But if it fails, Republicans are prepared to bring the entire bill down on a point of order,...

Democrats plan to defy Bush's veto threat on Defense spending bill

December 5, 2001 Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., is pressing ahead with Democrats' push to secure another $15 billion in emergency funding this year beyond the $40 billion provided immediately after Sept. 11, even though President Bush reiterated his veto threat against the extra money again Wednesday at a breakfast meeting with...

White House urges hard line on defense spending bill

December 5, 2001 With floor action on the fiscal 2002 Defense bill on tap for Thursday, Senate Republicans have barely 24 hours to counter Democratic plans to defy President Bush's veto threats by adding another $15 billion in emergency funding to the bill. But however they proceed, a White House source said the...

Senate set for all-or-nothing showdown on Defense spending bill

December 4, 2001 Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., is pushing ahead today with his plan to defy White House veto threats over extra spending for domestic security and will force an all-or-nothing floor confrontation with Republicans over the entire fiscal 2002 Defense appropriations bill. But Minority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., and...

GOP leader seeks to block extra homeland security spending

December 3, 2001 Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., today again urged quick Senate action on the fiscal 2002 Defense appropriations and supplemental bill, and criticized the proposal by Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., to add roughly $15 billion in extra homeland security and domestic...

Senate Dems challenge Bush's spending veto threat

November 30, 2001 Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., and Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., appear poised to take on the White House over President Bush's threat to veto extra spending for homeland security--a "dare" that Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., said the President is ready to take on. After meeting...

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