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Omnibus lumbers forward despite potential political pitfalls

Alexander Bolton of The Hill newspaper calls Senate Majority Leader Reid's omnibus package as "only way to get these appropriations bills passed."

Tags: Alexander Bolton , Harry Reid , John Boehner , Congress , House , budget , appropriations , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 11:27am EST
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Reid to push omnibus, avoid another stopgap spending bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he will move a $1 trillion omnibus spending bill to avoid another continuing resolution.

Tags: Congress , budget , Harry Reid , Barack Obama , deficit , continuing resolution , omnibus

Tuesday - 11/29/2011, 09:08am EST

Senate votes to expand Joint Chiefs of Staff

The Senate approved an amendment to the sweeping defense bill by voice vote Monday night despite opposition of the current chairman and service chiefs.

Tags: DoD , National Guard , Joint Chiefs of Staff , Patrick Leahy , Lindsey Graham

Monday - 11/28/2011, 07:43pm EST

Post-supercommittee, Congress behind on budget work

With the failure of the supercommittee tasked with cutting $1.2 trillion from the federal deficit to strike a deal, Congress is back to square one, said David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing in an interview on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , supercommittee , David Hawkings , CQ Roll Call

Monday - 11/28/2011, 06:21pm EST
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Supercommitee no-go adds to federal managers' budget woes

Bernie Becker, a staff writer for The Hill newspaper, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss the myriad budget uncertainties facing Congress and federal agencies.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Amy Morris , Bernie Becker , The Hill

Wednesday - 11/23/2011, 10:45am EST
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What's the next fight in Congress?

Congress' failed deficit-cutting supercommittee has faded away, but the pressure on lawmakers to quickly confront a stack of expensive economic issues is only growing, including keeping the government open past a mid-December funding deadline.

Tags: Congress , House , budget

Tuesday - 11/22/2011, 05:21pm EST

Supercommittee's failure to reach deal brings range of reactions

The administration, lawmakers and others are sounding off on the failure of the supercommittee to reach a deal for cutting more than $1 trillion from the deficit. Facing automatic, across-the-board cuts half from defense and half from civilian agencies, beginning in 2013 the consensus now seems to be Congress should work to come up with an alternative deficit-reduction plan.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , supercommittee , deficit reduction , TechAmerica , DoD , Leon Panetta , Barack Obama , sequestration , FMA , Patricia Niehaus , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 11/22/2011, 06:38am EST

Omnibus approach likely for remaining spending bills

Despite the successful passage last week of a small group of annual spending bills covering several federal agencies' 2012 budgets, Congress will likely fold the remaining bills into a single omnibus.

Tags: Congress , House , appropriations , budget , Erik Wasson , The Hill , continuing resolution , omnibus spending bill , minibus spending bill , Jack Moore

Monday - 11/21/2011, 06:24am EST

Godzilla's gonna get you ... or not

Admit it, have you been losing sleep over the activities of the congressional supercommittee? If not, you may be on the right track, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , Congress , supercommittee , House , pay and benefits

Tuesday - 11/22/2011, 02:00am EST
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