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GOP move could break spending logjam

December 15, 2011 House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., has agreed to reopen the pending nine-bill spending package and rewrite language that sought to reinstate the Bush-era travel ban to Cuba, a move designed to address White House concerns and win the backing of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, according to senior...

Why the near shutdown matters

September 27, 2011 Five days before the new fiscal year began, Congress and the White House fought the last exhausting battle of the 2011 budget. That's right. The new Republican-led House fought the Democratic Senate and Obama White House until the 360th day of the 2011 fiscal year, which began Oct. 1 of...

House Republicans regrouping on CR, pondering two options

September 22, 2011 House Republicans will meet on Thursday afternoon to discuss their options to move forward on a short-term bill to fund the federal government that their party failed to pass a day earlier. House GOP leadership aides said the Republican Conference will be presented with two options: Either they revote on...

Obama accepts Boehner's offer to address Congress at 7 p.m. Thursday

September 2, 2011 After consulting with President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner has invited him to address a joint session of Congress at 7 pm EDT on Sept. 8. -- and Obama has accepted. Boehner's office said Obama requested the 7 p.m. time slot, which will solve one programming problem while creating a...

Debt deal reached; major cuts coming

July 31, 2011 President Obama announced Sunday night a hard-fought deal with congressional Republicans to slash the federal deficit by $2.7 trillion over 10 years and lift the nation's debt-ceiling limit to avoid a catastrophic default. The pact includes no tax increases sought by the president. With the nation's reputation and credit rating...

No vote on debt plan Thursday; default deadline moves closer

July 28, 2011 House Republicans did not vote as scheduled on Thursday night on House Speaker John Boehner's debt-ceiling proposal. The postponement means a vote could occur on Friday, but the fate of the bill was uncertain. Republican leaders spent hours furiously whipping the bill, but still fell short of the 216 votes...

Six similarities between the Boehner and Reid debt plans

July 27, 2011 Democrats and Republicans have taken tough shots at the opposite party's deficit-reduction plan. While there are some major differences between the plans offered by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., which was endorsed by the White House, and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, there are also some important similarities. Here...

Boehner to rewrite debt-limit bill after CBO score

July 27, 2011 House Speaker John Boehner will rewrite sections of his debt-limit extension bill in response to the Congressional Budget Office's score that the original plan falls short of its advertised $1 trillion in savings. Boehner spokesman Michael Steel told National Journal what had already been communicated to GOP skeptics in the...

Boehner ends talks with White House on debt deal

July 22, 2011 House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Friday said he ended negotiations with President Obama on a so-called grand bargain to achieve sizable deficit reduction in the context of raising the debt ceiling. Boehner informed all House Republicans in a letter released at 6 p.m. EDT. "A deal was never reached...

Democrats, Republicans to work over weekend on debt deal, Obama says

July 7, 2011 This story has been updated. Emerging from what he described as "a very constructive meeting" with congressional leaders, President Obama today said his staff and theirs will be working through the weekend to come up with a budget compromise "so the full faith and credit of the United States is...

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