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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.

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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: David Hawkings , In Depth with Francis Rose

Monday - 05/18/2015, 04:38pm EDT
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Tamar Hallerman, Acquisitions Reporter, Roll Call

The House passes the first spending bill of the year to fund military pay and benefits programs, and to pay for DoD's housing and equipment infrastructure. The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs bill is usually one of the easiest appropriations bills to pass, but this year it drew far less support than usual. Tamar Hallerman is appropriations reporter for Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the lack of support could signal a overall tough appropriations process this year.

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Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:35pm 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: David Hawkings , 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: David Hawkings , 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: David Hawkings , 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.

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Monday - 03/30/2015, 04:22pm 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: David Hawkings , Congress , budget , shutdown , In Depth

Monday - 03/09/2015, 04:43pm EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The Homeland Security Department is running on a one-week continuing resolution after Congress couldn't agree on a long-term spending plan for the agency. The new CR is set to run out on Friday. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. He outlined the debate over the DHS budget on Capitol Hill for Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: David Hawkings , DHS , Congress , In Depth

Monday - 03/02/2015, 04:17pm EST
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Friday is deadline day for the Homeland Security Department. Sen. Mitch McConnell(R-Ky.) will try/tried for the fourth time today to introduce the House's bill to fund DHS. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call and writes the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what to watch for next in the DHS showdown.

Tags: David Hawkings , Congress , DHS , Mitch McConnell , In Depth

Monday - 02/23/2015, 04:58pm EST
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