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GOP leaders hopeful of a nominally balanced budget

March 7, 2002 With less than a week before next Wednesday's scheduled House Budget Committee markup of the fiscal 2003 budget resolution, GOP leaders are quietly confident that despite the obstacles, they can produce at least a nominally balanced budget for next year. Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., acknowledged Wednesday that as the House ...

Differences on key Hill issues remain after Bush address

January 30, 2002 President Bush presented his economic strategy Tuesday night as one of three great pillars of his presidency, along with the war on terrorism abroad and safeguarding the American public at home. Delivering his first formal State of the Union address, Bush said, "When America works, America prospers, so my economic ...

Bush, House GOPers tout accomplishments, criticize Senate

December 19, 2001 Buoyed by a pep talk from President Bush, House Republicans today touted their accomplishments for the year while needling Senate Democrats for failing to act many on their priorities, most notably an economic stimulus package. House Republican Conference Chairman J.C. Watts of Oklahoma said Republicans have exhausted efforts to reach ...

House majority leader to step down

December 12, 2001 House Majority Leader Richard Armey, R-Texas, made his retirement announcement official today, delivering the news to colleagues on the House floor in a teary-eyed address in which he praised the strength of the nation and its watchfulness over government. "I am comfortable telling you today that the end of this ...

White House shows no sign of budging over spending

November 27, 2001 The White House Tuesday showed no sign of budging on its desire to hold the line on spending, despite continuing Democratic demands for more money to combat terrorism and aid areas affected by the Sept. 11 attacks. Referring to an earlier deal between congressional appropriators and the White House to ...

Aviation security conferees to consider counteroffer

November 14, 2001 House and Senate aviation security conferees are set to privately meet this afternoon to discuss a new Republican counteroffer to a bifurcated system proposed Tuesday by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas. Her plan would require federal security workers at the top 31 most traveled airports, and allow the others to ...

Bush threatens to veto additional security spending

November 7, 2001 Congressional appropriators left a White House meeting with President Bush Tuesday night, no closer to an agreement over spending to fight terrorism, after Bush threatened to veto any bill exceeding the $686 billion cap on the 13 regular bills and the $40 billion supplemental already passed. Capitol Hill's four top ...

House-Senate conference on aviation security could meet soon

November 2, 2001 A House-Senate conference committee on aviation security could convene quickly as House Speaker Dennis Hastert Friday said he would appoint conferees Tuesday. The House voted Thursday night 286-139 for a GOP leadership-backed bill that would give the President flexibility to retain private security workers or hire federal employees for airport ...

Bush backs House aviation security bill; debate coming Thursday

October 30, 2001 House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, this afternoon confirmed the debate over airline security would take place Thursday as the Bush administration stepped up its support of the bill backed by House GOP leaders. Armey said the media had made too much of White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card's ...

House GOP may delay vote on aviation security measure

October 30, 2001 House Republicans may delay a vote on aviation security set for Wednesday until Thursday, to allow members to attend the Wednesday funeral of former Rules Chairman Gerald B.H. Solomon, R-N.Y.,who died last week, Republican leadership aides said. But the one-day delay also could give Republicans a chance to count votes ...