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Kerry Young


Kerry Young covers appropriations for CQ Roll Call. She joined CQ in 2007 as co-editor of Budget Tracker, an electronic newsletter and Web site on the budget and appropriations, keeping track of efforts to reduce waste in government and control deficit spending and the debt. She’s a veteran of Bloomberg News, where from 1995 to 2006 she covered energy and health, including the FDA and Medicare. A graduate of Tulane University, Kerry worked for several small newspapers in New Jersey at the start of her career in the early 1990s.

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Senate Democrats Seek Wider Scope, May Add Appropriations Bills

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.

House Releases Continuing Resolution That Keeps Sequester Cuts in Place

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.

Obama, Lawmakers Expect Straightforward Stopgap

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.

Republicans Working on Funding Bill

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.

House Appropriators Prepare to Unveil New Spending Plan

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.

Appropriations Assignments Are No Longer Coveted

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.

Mikulski Challenged by Irregular Order on Spending

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.

McCaskill, Toomey Seek Permanent Ban on Earmarks

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.

Latest Sandy Debate on House Floor May Frustrate Conservatives

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.

Palazzo Now Supports Immediate Sandy Relief After Voting Against Flood Insurance Increase

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.

House's Sandy Aid Bill Is Only the First Chapter

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.

Under Bipartisan Fire, House GOP Leaders Set Up Votes for Sandy Aid

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.

GOP Leaders Delay Sandy Relief, Angering Northeast Lawmakers

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.

House Cardinals Named; Young to Keep Defense Panel Chairmanship

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.

House Considers Sandy Aid Vote Tuesday Amid Expense Concerns

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.

Senate Democrats Warn GOP on Sandy Aid

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.

Senate Weighs 'Pay Now or Pay Later' Dilemma For Storm Package

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.

Conservative Groups Oppose Large Sandy Supplemental

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.

Democrats Look for GOP Backing to Speed Sandy Aid

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.

Democrats Seek GOP Support for Monday Disaster Aid Vote

Dec. 13, 2012

Senate Democrats believe they can marshal enough GOP support to pass a wide-ranging $60.4 billion Superstorm Sandy recovery package that would go far beyond simply addressing the immediate needs of hard-hit communities.

Senate Appropriators Match White House Sandy Aid Request

Dec. 12, 2012

Senate appropriators on Wednesday unveiled a draft $60.4 billion emergency spending bill to help communities hit by Superstorm Sandy, matching the request the White House made last week.

Senate Appropriators Prepare Sandy Relief Bill

Dec. 10, 2012

Senate Democratic appropriators are writing this week what amounts to an opening bid in negotiations that will lead to a relief package for areas damaged by superstorm Sandy.

Congress Prepares to Handle White House's $60.4 Billion Sandy Aid Package

Dec. 7, 2012

The White House on Friday asked Congress for $60.4 billion in emergency aid for communities hit hard by superstorm Sandy, and argued that no spending cuts should be made to other programs to cover the new expense.

Democrats Don't Expect Offsets, Debt Talks to Delay Aid

Dec. 6, 2012

Democrats aren’t expecting ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations or the threat of spending offsets to derail their push this month to pass a multibillion- dollar superstorm Sandy aid package.

Lowey Wins Race for Top House Democratic Appropriator

Dec. 4, 2012

Rep. Nita M. Lowey of New York will become the top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee in the 113th Congress, beating out a colleague with more seniority in a vote Tuesday before the House Democratic Steering Committee.

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