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Senators question costs of new department

July 16, 2002 Senate Budget Commitee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and ranking member Pete Domenici, R-N.M., are voicing concern that the Bush administration has failed to fully account for the potential costs of the new Homeland Security Department. "[C]reating a new department and equipping it to carry out its mission has the potential...

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...

Senate leader offers compromise on homeland security spending

November 28, 2001 Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., today offered to cut in half a $15 billion package of new spending for homeland security championed by Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Byrd, D-W.Va., and attach it to the fiscal 2002 Defense appropriations bill rather than an economic stimulus measure. The move could help...

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...

Hill offices closed, but legislators plan active week

October 23, 2001 The House and Senate return to work today, in the midst of ongoing anthrax investigations, determined to conduct legislative work in order to send a message--and also to produce needed legislation. Work begins in earnest on an economic stimulus measure, as the House prepares to take up Wednesday a $100...

Moderate Democrats concerned about budget

May 8, 2001 A number of Senate moderates remained concerned Monday that the fiscal 2002 budget conference report does not adequately stipulate what they agreed to in terms of tax relief over the next decade. At issue is whether the budget resolution Congress is supposed to vote on this week provides for $1.25...

Senate GOP leaders reach out to Dems on budget

March 29, 2001 Senate Republican leaders appear to be gaining ground in their efforts to reach out to centrist Democrats who could provide decisive votes for President Bush's fiscal 2002 budget plan. "They're just talking to everybody," said Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb. "I've made it very clear what my concerns are." Nelson said...

Bush search for 'fiscal sanity' could lead to agency cuts

February 27, 2001 After weeks of anticipation and speculation, President Bush Tuesday night will unveil a broad outline of his first budget in an address to a joint session of Congress--and the nation. In the outline, Bush will hold discretionary spending to a 4 percent increase next year, to around $663 billion. Speaking...

Appropriators angered by Joint Chiefs' supplemental request

January 26, 2001 Confusion and frustration over the fiscal year 2001 Defense supplemental advocated by the Bush administration continued Wednesday, as a spokesman for the House Appropriations Committee said the powerful panel was angered to learn about a $10 billion supplemental request the Joint Chiefs of Staff had made directly to the Senate...

DOE nominee warned about management challenges

January 19, 2001 Former Sen. Spencer Abraham, R-Mich., President-elect Bush's choice for Energy secretary, breezed through a three-hour Senate confirmation hearing today, promising that the Bush administration will address the nation's gloomy energy forecast, while revealing few specifics. Abraham is nearly assured of committee and Senate approval. Today's hearing was free of the...