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Sequester fight is on the horizon

November 21, 2011 The super committee's failure to come up with $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction measures has paved the way for an election-year battle by Republicans to rewrite the sequester rules and protect defense spending. House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon, R-Calif., a vocal opponent to the sequester from the onset, said...

House majority leader: Obama’s jobs bill is dead

October 3, 2011 House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said definitively on Monday that President Obama's $447 billion jobs bill will not be brought to the floor as a package, despite repeated calls from the White House to move on his legislation. "The president continues to say, 'Pass my bill in its entirety,'...

No weekend progress on funding bill as shutdown deadline looms

September 26, 2011 House and Senate leaders pledge there will be no government shutdown, but those leaders failed to make any progress over the weekend to that end. Despite Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's calls for weekend talks with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, those talks...

House votes to keep government open through Nov. 18

September 23, 2011 The House voted early Friday 219-203 to pass a continuing resolution that funds the government through Nov. 18, setting up a battle with the Democratic-controlled Senate. The vote replenishes a nearly-empty Federal Emergency Management Agency account and includes $100 million in savings from a program that guaranteed a loan to...

Solyndra language paves way for bill to keep government running

September 22, 2011 House Republicans have found the path to passage for a short-term bill to fund the federal government: Add language intended to embarrass the Obama administration. Following a lengthy closed-door meeting, House Republicans emerged with a strategy to keep intact the continuing resolution the House defeated on Wednesday by adding a...

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...

Makeup of deficit-cutting committee may doom it to gridlock

August 10, 2011 Congress has failed in every attempt to forge significant compromise to course-correct the nation away from the fiscal cliff it's headed toward, and the makeup of the deficit reduction committee so far does little to abate those fears. With nine of the 12 lawmakers now named, the chance for deadlock-which...

GOP leaders name deficit reduction panel members

August 10, 2011 House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has selected Republican Reps. Jeb Hensarling, Texas, Dave Camp, Mich., and Fred Upton, Mich., to serve on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. Hensarling with serve as co-chair, along with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. Senators Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Rob Portman,...

Source: Democrats Murray, Baucus, Kerry on deficit reduction committee

August 9, 2011 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will appoint Democratic Sens. Patty Murray of Washington, Max Baucus of Montana, and John Kerry of Massachusetts to the new super committee tasked with finding $1.2 trillion in additional deficit reduction by November 23, according to a senior Democratic aide familiar with Reid's decision,...

House passes debt deal; action moves to Senate

August 1, 2011 The House Monday evening passed, 269-161, a deficit-reduction package that will raise the debt ceiling through the 2012 elections. The bill had bipartisan support, but 66 Republicans and 95 Democrats voted against the legislation that had opposition from both the right and left flanks. It was a victory for House...

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