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Ridge to brief senators on proposal for new department

June 11, 2002 Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge Thursday will hold his first Capitol Hill briefing for lawmakers concerning President Bush's plan for a new Homeland Security Department, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., said Tuesday. The meeting, requested by Daschle, is open to all senators and will be a private session held...

Turf battle is on in Congress over new homeland defense agency

June 7, 2002 President Bush's decision to try to unify a wide range of homeland security responsibilities under one Cabinet agency has touched off a turf squabble in Congress over which committees should oversee the new department. "I'm sure there'll be 10 different committees that will want to have a piece of the...

Reorganization plan gains bipartisan support on Hill

June 6, 2002 Although the Bush administration staunchly resisted early congressional efforts to create a Cabinet-level homeland security agency--as well as efforts by Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., and ranking member Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, to require Ridge to testify before their committee--GOP sources dismissed notions that the administration had done a turnaround...

Bush urges House to help keep spending in line

May 15, 2002 President Bush Wednesday praised the House for helping him pass the administration's domestic agenda and called on House Republicans to help him hold the line on fiscal 2003 spending. "He complimented the House for moving so many pieces of legislation," said House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Christopher Cox of California...

Senate considers bundling budget bills

May 9, 2002 Senate Republican and Democratic leaders have discussed combining a handful of pressing budget and spending measures into a single package in order to expedite consideration on the floor within the next few weeks. The idea would be to combine the fiscal 2003 budget resolution with an increase in the federal...

GOP bashes Democrats on supplemental, fiscal 2003 budget

April 16, 2002 Tax--and budget resolution--deadline day may have passed, but Republicans in both chambers and at the White House Tuesday called for fiscal restraint in how Congress responds to the administration's third fiscal 2002 supplemental spending request. They also continued to criticize the Democratic Senate's failure, thus far, to adopt a fiscal...

Lawmaker, ex-procurement chief team up for rock and roll trivia quiz

April 12, 2002 Known for his encyclopedic knowledge of local political geography and long-forgotten election returns, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Davis of Virginia helped protect the Republicans' narrow majority in 2000. Even though the 2002 midterm elections are rapidly approaching, Davis faces a more imminent challenge Tuesday when he travels to...

GOP defense hawks assuaged as House debate starts

March 20, 2002 House Armed Services Committee hardliners returned from a meeting with President Bush Wednesday afternoon prepared to support the fiscal 2003 budget resolution after the White House agreed to authorization language that would allow the panel to oversee the entire $10 billion in a defense reserve fund. "My position is that...

House Democrats unlikely to offer their own budget plan

March 15, 2002 As next Wednesday's House floor debate on the fiscal 2003 budget approaches, Democrats appear to have decided to train their fire on the Republican-sponsored budget rather than offer alternatives of their own. Although they have yet to make the final call, both Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., and a Blue...

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...

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