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Next round of emergency funding may strain budget

October 12, 2001 Even as they continue to work through the regular fiscal 2002 appropriations process and keep track of the $40 billion emergency supplemental enacted to respond to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, top appropriators on either side of the Capitol are already looking ahead to the next round of emergency spending...

Budget director asks return to fiscal discipline

October 11, 2001 One month to the day since terrorists crashed hijacked planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania countryside--prompting the nation to launch expensive efforts to aid the victims, to fight terrorism and to revive the sagging economy--Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch Daniels called Thursday for...

Spending bill progress grinds to a halt in both houses

October 10, 2001 Progress on fiscal 2002 appropriations bills ground to a halt on both sides of the Capitol Wednesday, as a controversial contraception amendment kept the Labor-HHS spending bill off the House floor, while the ongoing Senate showdown over Bush administration nominees continued to stall appropriations action in that chamber. The hangup...

Congress remains far behind on spending bills

October 9, 2001 As it begins the second week of October, Congress is further behind than it ever has been on its appropriations workload: A week from today, the continuing resolution that is keeping the entire federal government running will expire, but Congress has yet to send a single fiscal 2002 appropriations bill...

With spending deal, appropriations bills move into high gear

October 3, 2001 With a deal in hand to set total fiscal 2002 federal discretionary spending at $686 billion, appropriators expressed optimism Tuesday that they could move quickly to complete work on 13 annual spending bills--even though none has been conferenced or sent to the President, despite the start Monday of the new...

White House, Congress finally reach deal on spending

October 2, 2001 President Bush and congressional appropriators today finally inked their deal to set the total fiscal 2002 discretionary spending level at $686 billion, or $25 billion over the FY02 budget resolution. The increase, which Bush will outline in a letter to Congress rather than a formal budget request, includes an additional...

Appropriators, OMB bicker over final budget details

September 28, 2001 Appropriators and the Office of Management and Budget remained at an impasse Friday over the $686 billion fiscal 2002 budget deal that sources said the Bush administration is now prepared to accept, bickering over the particular wording of the written request the four Appropriations chairmen and ranking members are insisting...

White House counters Hill offer on spending figure

September 26, 2001 The House recessed for the Yom Kippur holiday Tuesday night without a deal on a total fiscal 2002 spending number--although several amounts, ranging from $684 billion to $690 billion, were floated among the White House, congressional appropriators, and House and Senate leaders. According to sources, the White House responded to...

Conservatives warn against increased spending next year

September 25, 2001 Negotiations between the White House and Congress over fiscal 2002 spending remained in flux Monday night, but fiscal conservatives in both chambers cautioned that they would not support any increase unrelated to defense or the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Last week, chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate...

Bipartisanship sweeps through appropriations process

September 24, 2001 The spirit of bipartisanship that has swept through the Congress since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks--and enabled the speedy passage of legislation responding to them--also has extended to the fiscal 2002 appropriations process, and how Congress resolves what were shaping up to be messy policy fights on spending bills. While...