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Calm Before The Storm

August is hot in DC, Atlanta, Houston, St. Louis and Cincinnati and lots of other places too. But those of us inside the Beltway get a break you don't...that's because for the next month...until after Labor Day, tens of thousands of the people who at times make this such a toxic town are away back with the folks who sent them here in the first place.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce , sequestration , August recess , FERS , early retirement

Monday - 08/06/2012, 02:00am EDT

Reid, Boehner announce stopgap spending deal

The top Republican and Democrat on Capitol Hill have announced an agreement to keep the government running on autopilot for six months when the current budget year ends on Sept. 30. The announcements by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and GOP House Speaker John Boehner are aimed at averting any chance of a government shutdown this fall. The leaders said an official vote on the bill won't come until September.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , Harry Reid , John Boehner , budget , stopgap funding ,

Tuesday - 07/31/2012, 04:56pm EDT

2012 funding levels: Agency-by-agency breakdown

After weeks of congressional negotiation and outright quarreling, a deal has emerged to provide 2012 funding for government operations. Follow the 2012 spending levels that came out of the latest funding fracas. Agency-by agency, track what's getting cut and where.

Tags: budget , Congress , Senate , House ,

Friday - 12/16/2011, 12:42pm EST

Obama signs stopgap measure, awaits spending bill

President Barack Obama has signed a 24-hour stopgap spending measure to keep the government operating as he awaits Senate action on a $1 trillion spending bill.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , Barack Obama

Friday - 12/16/2011, 10:38pm EST

Short-term bill more likely before Friday budget deadline

With less than three days to reach a budget deal, lawmakers are more likely now to pass a short-term spending measure rather than a $1 trillion omnibus bill for the rest of the fiscal year, which started Oct. 1. The Hill's Erik Wasson has an update on the budget talks.

Tags: Erik Wasson , The Hill , budget , management , Congress , House , Senate , omnibus , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 09:00am EST
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Congress closer to reaching budget deal before Friday deadline

Congressional negotiators are closer to reaching a spending deal with less than a week left before the current budget expires.

Tags: Congress , budget , House , Senate , pay and benefits , payroll tax , Politico , The Hill

Monday - 12/12/2011, 09:00am EST

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 , Senate , Barack Obama , deficit , omnibus

Tuesday - 11/29/2011, 09:08am 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 , Senate , appropriations , budget , Erik Wasson , The Hill , omnibus spending bill , minibus spending bill , Jack Moore

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

Next two weeks crucial for agency budgets

Steve Bell, the senior director of economic policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to provide an update into how the supercommittee is coming along and what it all means for the federal budget and federal employees.

Tags: Bipartisan Policy Center , Steve Bell , budget , Congress , supercommittee , House , Senate ,

Monday - 11/14/2011, 07:19am EST
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Agriculture appropriations first to go to conference committee

The conference committee is the first step in reconciling the House version of the appropriations bill with the Senate's.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , budget , USDA , appropriations , Steny Hoyer

Thursday - 11/03/2011, 09:45am EDT
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