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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Discretionary spending for civilian agencies dropped 7 percent next year over 2015 levels, according to the Senate Appropriations Committee. But the committee's Democrats aren't happy about that. David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call, writes the Hawkings Here blog. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose where Congress left some of its biggest appropriations negotiations before this week's recess.

Tags: Roll Call , In Depth , Congress

Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 04:36pm EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The defense appropriations process starts in earnest this week. The Overseas Contingency Operations fund will likely be at the center of debate for the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee. It will likely mark up its fiscal 2016 bill Wednesday. House Republicans want $38 billion in the OCO fund. But President Obama says he will veto any measure that uses the OCO as a way to avoid defense spending caps. David Hawkings, senior editor of Roll Call, tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu how this might all play out before Congress breaks for recess next week.

Tags: Roll Call , In Depth with Francis Rose

Monday - 05/18/2015, 04:38pm EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Congress is back at full strength Monday. The Senate has another full work week, and the House is back after a recess last week. But a quick look down the agendas for each chamber doesn't show much is going on with funding federal agencies for fiscal 2016. David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call, writes the Hawkings Here blog. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what he's looking for on the Congressional schedule this week.

Tags: In Depth , appropriations , Congress

Monday - 05/11/2015, 04:18pm EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Two appropriations bills come to the floor of the House of Representatives this week. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) says it's the earliest budget bills have been on the floor since 1974. Congress is free to focus all of its attention on passing 2016 budget plans for your agency. But plans to pass them might run into a political stonewall. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose and guest co-host Karen Evans, he described potential strategies for both sides of the aisle during the budget negotiations.

Tags: Roll Call , Congress , House , budget , In Depth

Monday - 04/27/2015, 04:15pm EDT
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Hawkings: Plenty of good signs in Congress budget discussions

House appropriations committees are trying to balance the 2016 budget by taking a little bit of money from some agencies and giving it to others. The IRS and the Education Department are two agencies that could see some of their funding transferred to places like the departments of Justice and Transportation. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he tracked the money as the House appropriators do some budget math.

Tags: Roll Call , Congress , IRS , Education Department

Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:30pm EDT
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David Hawkings, senior editor, CQ Roll Call

The House of Representatives is gearing up to tackle the first two of 12 appropriations bills for 2016. The plan right now is to bring them to the floor at the end of April. David Hawkings is senior editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he predicted how the chamber might try to avoid a last-minute scramble and another cromnibus bill.

Tags: Roll Call , Congress , budget , In Depth

Monday - 04/13/2015, 05:13pm EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

A budget blueprint is through the Senate that has a topline similar to the White House's plan for FY 2016. But the details behind both the House and Senate plans look very different from President Barack Obama's, including major cuts to some domestic programs. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he broke down the potential for which plans might guide the future funding levels of your agency.

Tags: Roll Call , Congress , In Depth

Monday - 03/30/2015, 04:22pm EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

A fake building is in the spotlight as a possible measure of how the Administration's budget request is going. The reception to the request could indicate how much Republicans want to cooperate with the White House. David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call and author of the Hawkings Here blog, writes a column Monday titled, "Why the GOP Will Likely Attack the Potemkin White House." On In Depth with Francis Rose, David revealed the fake building and why you should pay attention to it.

Tags: In Depth , 2016 budget , Congress

Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:46pm EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The 2016 budget is the star of a new video from Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), the chairman of the House Budget Committee. He'll release the details of the budget the committee will start to mark up tomorrow morning. The Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), says his committee will start to mark up a budget soon too. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he predicted what might happen next in the budget's evolution.

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Monday - 03/16/2015, 05:14pm EDT
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Hawkings: 'No excuse now' for GOP budget holdups

Now that the smoke is clear from the budget debate with the Homeland Security Department, Congress can look towards raising the debt limit. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promises it can happen without the possibility of a shutdown. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained this and other deadlines approaching Capitol Hill over the next few weeks.

Tags: Roll Call , Congress , budget , shutdown , In Depth

Monday - 03/09/2015, 04:43pm EDT
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