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Senator says offshore outsourcing provision must be revisited

March 9, 2004 Senate Finance Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said Tuesday that he believed a Senate-approved amendment to the corporate tax bill that limits outsourcing of federal contracts to overseas workers would have to be modified in conference to secure the support of President Bush. The amendment, a compromise worked out by Sen. ...

House Armed Services chief, GOP leaders spar over Defense funding

March 4, 2004 House Republican leaders are resisting a call by Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., to restore $2 billion in proposed cuts from President Bush's fiscal 2005 military budget, according to GOP aides present at an hourlong, closed meeting to hear Budget Committee Chairman Jim Nussle, R-Iowa, defend his budget ...

Budget hawks seek to alter process; appropriators balk

February 3, 2004 House GOP fiscal conservatives are uniting behind a proposal they say will go further than the administration to tamp down spending. The bill will be introduced by Reps. Jeb Hensarling of Texas and Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as early as this week, although that schedule could slip until early next ...

President Bush details space budget amid mixed reaction

January 14, 2004 President Bush detailed a proposal Wednesday to spend $12 billion over the next five years for space exploration, including an additional $1 billion for NASA in his fiscal 2005 budget submission. Under the pending fiscal 2004 omnibus spending bill, NASA would receive about $15.5 billion. The White House said Bush's ...

House stalls, Senate plows on through budget bills

November 10, 2003 Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, announced Monday afternoon that the House would not be in session this week for votes, after it became clear that an energy conference report would not be ready for a scheduled floor vote Thursday. One GOP aide noted Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Pete Domenici, ...

Privatization language likely to be stripped from FAA bill

October 28, 2003 The FAA reauthorization will likely be sent back to a House-Senate conference committee Tuesday night, potentially paving the way for Republicans to strip language from the bill that allows privatization of some air traffic control workers. The House Rules Committee will vote Tuesday on a motion to recommit the reauthorization, ...

House and Senate face full plate of spending bills next week

October 23, 2003 Republican leaders have scheduled the House to be in session Tuesday through Friday next week in anticipation that conferees working on fiscal 2004 appropriations, energy and defense bills will soon complete their reports. Speaking about the schedule earlier this week, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, said the House would ...

Hill leaders vow to remove loan provisions in supplemental

October 21, 2003 Because of the House's truncated week with work expected to wrap up Tuesday night, a formal conference on the fiscal 2004 supplemental for Iraq and Afghanistan is not likely to occur until next week. But House Appropriations Chairman C.W. (Bill) Young, R-Fla., said appropriators Monday started comparing the versions passed ...

Senate GOP prevails in first Iraq challenge, but more await

October 15, 2003 As the Senate reconvened from its weeklong recess Tuesday to consider the $87 billion fiscal 2004 supplemental for Iraq and Afghanistan, Senate Republican leaders faced down a major test of their ability to keep the president's $87 billion request for Iraq and Afghanistan intact. The first amendment aimed at redefining ...

Defense spending bill could hit Senate floor Friday

July 8, 2003 The Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Tuesday approved its version of the $369.2 billion fiscal 2004 Pentagon spending measure with no debate, and Appropriations Committee Chairman Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, plans to bring the bill up for full committee consideration Wednesday. It could be on the floor as early as Friday, pending ...