Oversight

Treasury looking at where rebate checks will go

Department analysis of estimated $112 billion in rebates show largest portion would go to Calif. taxpayers.

Oversight

Bush threatens to veto fiscal 2009 appropriations above set limit

Budget includes holding non-security spending flat, despite inflation.

Oversight

Senate Budget panel grills OMB chief over budget proposal

War costs, tax cuts and rise in national debt among Democrats' concerns.

Oversight

Budget office predicts growing deficit but no recession next year

Estimates do not factor in the costs of wars or extensions of expiring tax cuts and the economic stimulus package.

Oversight

Senator takes aim at agency 'skimming' of earmarks

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb. criticizes agency practice of taking a percentage off the top of earmarked accounts for administrative expenses.

Defense

House sends omnibus to Bush, likely concluding standoff

The clincher was approval of $70 billion to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Defense

Senate passes omnibus spending bill with unfettered Iraq funds

Bush's aides say the president will sign the $560 billion measure.

Defense

House passes omnibus spending bill with 3.5 percent raise

Democrats back down on many spending priorities; Bush indicates he'll sign measure.

Defense

Budget still in limbo as recess awaits

Second breakdown in as many years looms as Bush signals he will sign bill if war funds are included.

Oversight

Dems reach tentative deal on overall funds

Budget number is limited to Bush's $932.8 billion request and $3.7 billion for the Veterans Affairs Department.

Oversight

House votes to keep agencies open another week as budget talks continue

But Bush administration is withholding its endorsement of the measure until details become available.

Oversight

In switch, Senate to move first on omnibus spending bill

Measure would fund 15 Cabinet agencies and provide interim financing for the Pentagon and other emergency needs.

Oversight

White House open to emergency spending, omnibus bill

Earmarks will remain, despite lawmaker's earlier pledge, although at significantly reduced levels.

Oversight

Congress back to drawing board on massive spending bill

A White House veto threat this weekend scotched chances for a deal.

Oversight

House GOP leader may accept some additional spending in budget

Emergency funds, such as as $3 billion for border security, could be added to omnibus spending bill.

Oversight

Government operations bills may be postponed until 2008

FISA overhaul remains a possibility to pass before recess.

Defense

War funding measure likely to move without strings

Move is major reversal for Democrats, demonstrating how far they are willing to go to secure a budget deal.

Defense

House Democrats toughen omnibus' Pentagon provisions

Overall, the bill totals well over $500 billion and covers 15 Cabinet agencies for the fiscal year.

Oversight

White House, Democratic leaders begin budget talks

Appropriations committees plunge ahead on massive omnibus spending bill for consideration next week.