Stories by Kerry Young:
April 16, 2013
Democrats and Republicans will need to bridge a $91 billion gap on budget plans before they can clear any new spending laws. But for now, neither side is suggesting a compromise — even as both contend they want a more orderly appropriations process.
April 5, 2013
Almost a year after Congress learned of a budget scandal at the National Weather Service, lawmakers are still trying to get a realistic estimate of what it costs to run the nation’s first line of defense against the effects of hurricanes, tornadoes and winter storms.
April 5, 2013
For Cliff Mass, a University of Washington professor and the author of a popular meteorology blog, the title of the 2012 federal report “Weather Service for the Nation: Becoming Second to None” summed up his growing concerns.
March 15, 2013
Senate leaders are trying to whittle down a daunting list of more than 90 amendments pending to a fiscal 2013 spending package. They aim to send to the House early next week a measure needed to fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year.
March 13, 2013
Republicans and Democrats in the House expect to support the Senate’s version of a fiscal 2013 continuing resolution, provided that the spending package doesn’t arrive weighed down with contentious new provisions.
March 12, 2013
Appropriators in the Senate are trying to stave off attempts from budget hawks and proponents of more special exceptions that threaten to slow down work on the continuing resolution needed to fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year.
March 6, 2013
The continuing resolution that will come out of the Senate will almost certainly be a larger and more complicated measure than the stopgap funding measure the House coped with this week.
March 4, 2013
House appropriators are proposing a final fiscal 2013 spending package that would effectively cap federal operating expenses at $982 billion, while giving military and veterans programs new flexibility to cushion the effects of the sequester’s automatic cuts.
March 1, 2013
President Barack Obama and congressional leaders said Friday that they expect to advance a straightforward continuing resolution that would set federal spending through the rest of the current fiscal year without addressing the automatic cuts under sequester and other potentially contentious questions.
Feb. 27, 2013
House Republican leaders seem to have averted a potential rift in the conference, garnering wide support for a continuing resolution that Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Thursday said will move next week.
Feb. 22, 2013
House appropriators may unveil as early as the coming week their proposal for funding the federal government in the second half of fiscal 2013, but there’s no decision yet on whether the Republican leadership may bring the bill to the floor.
Feb. 1, 2013
As the story goes, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942 asked Sen. Kenneth McKellar, then the ranking member of the Appropriations Committee, to quietly provide $2 billion for a secret weapons lab, the Tennessee Democrat had a brief and quick response.
Feb. 1, 2013
Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski faces tough hurdles in her quest to return to “regular order” for handling her committee’s dozen annual spending bills.
Jan. 23, 2013
A bipartisan Senate duo is again trying to permanently ban earmarks, a practice now out of favor with most members of Congress.
Jan. 14, 2013
House conservatives are likely to be frustrated this week in the year’s first test of their drive to cut spending, with the chamber on a path to pass a major Superstorm Sandy recovery package.
Jan. 9, 2013
In a sign of the potential risks Republicans face by balking at disaster relief, a GOP sophomore appears to have quickly softened his view on Superstorm Sandy recovery spending after becoming a target of critics, including a local newspaper.
Jan. 3, 2013
Northeast lawmakers whose states were damaged by Superstorm Sandy are finally seeing the House action they have been demanding on disaster relief funding.
Jan. 2, 2013
Facing a bipartisan uprising from Northeast lawmakers, House Republican leaders scheduled a Friday vote on an initial installment of aid for states damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
Jan. 1, 2013
Northeast lawmakers and Democratic leaders were in an uproar late Tuesday after the House held its final votes of the 112th Congress without acting on a relief bill for states damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
Dec. 31, 2012
The House might vote as early as Tuesday on legislation to provide emergency money to communities hit hard by Superstorm Sandy, although the Republican leadership was still looking for ways to satisfy concerns from conservatives about a $60.4 billion aid package that passed the Senate.
Dec. 31, 2012
C.W. Bill Young will remain chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the Pentagon’s budget, while Jack Kingston and Ander Crenshaw move into the two of the thorniest posts on the committee.
Dec. 20, 2012
Senate Democratic leaders are warning their GOP colleagues that Republican opposition to a Superstorm Sandy aid package could “boomerang” on them if disasters strike their home regions.
Dec. 19, 2012
Lawmakers considering an emergency package for Superstorm Sandy aid are struggling over whether it’s better to spend money only on immediate disaster relief or to fund investments that are needed for preventing future disasters.
Dec. 17, 2012
Conservative groups on Monday urged Congress to reject a $60.4 billion Superstorm Sandy disaster aid package, which Democrats are pushing to clear this month.
Dec. 16, 2012
The Senate might pass as early as this week a $60.4 billion Superstorm Sandy recovery package, but it’s far from clear when and how House Republicans will respond to the emergency spending request.