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Congress' To-Do List: Border Funding, Stopgap

Sept. 5, 2014

Democrats and the Obama administration will continue to push for more border funding when Congress returns from recess, but a short legislative calendar and a growing rift between the parties on immigration may leave the upcoming continuing resolution as perhaps their only shot for securing additional dollars before the elections.

GOP Threatens Immigration Order Payback Via CR

Sept. 5, 2014

House Republican leaders are aiming to move a “clean” stopgap spending bill next week with as little drama as possible.

Stopgap Could Mean More Juggling for Border Agencies

Sept. 3, 2014

Days after Congress skipped out of Washington for recess last month, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced plans to shift some $400 million in funding from other agency programs to manage the Southwest border crisis.

GOP Leaders Pitch Revised Border Package, Hope to Vote Today (Updated)

Aug. 1, 2014

Updated 12:44 p.m. | House Republicans emerged from a closed-door meeting Friday morning with a revised plan to address the child migrant border crisis — one leaders hope to pass later today.

Pelosi: House Floor a 'Mess'

July 31, 2014

As House GOP leaders scrambled to whip votes on a border supplemental bill Thursday, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called the closing hours before the August recess a "mess" on the House floor.

"The Republicans do not have time to raise the minimum wage, but they have time to sue the president of the United States. They do not have money to feed the children, help the American people, but they want a blank check to sue the president," Pelosi said at her Thursday news conference. "They've lost moral standing in what's happening on the border, and they have no standing in suing the president."

Earlier, chaos reigned as the House GOP leaders’ carefully crafted gambit to win conservative votes fell apart before calling a 3 p.m. meeting to discuss emergency funding to address the child migrant crisis.

House Leaders Postpone Border Supplemental, Delay Recess, Blame Obama (Updated) (Video)

July 31, 2014

Updated 4:52 p.m. | House GOP leaders ditched their plans to vote on a border supplemental Thursday after failing to secure the votes to pass it — but plan to try again Friday before jetting out of town for the August recess.

The Budget Act Comes of Age

July 29, 2014

At 40 years of age, the federal Budget Act bears the scars of fiscal battles dating from the Nixon administration, but its influence over legislation and spending has grown and deepened in ways that its authors couldn’t have imagined.

House Could Vote on Stopgap Before August Recess

July 23, 2014

House leaders may consider moving as early as next week a continuing resolution to fund the federal government through the first months of fiscal 2015, according to two House Republican aides and one Democratic aide.

Emergency Supplemental Distracts From Regular Order

July 18, 2014

The Obama administration’s emergency supplemental appropriations request is further complicating efforts to move fiscal 2015 spending bills, soaking up time and energy during a critical work period with an already long to-do list.

With Senate Action Stalled, Continuing Resolution Looks Likely for Fall

July 18, 2014

With the Senate’s regular appropriations work all but dead and an unexpected supplemental spending request for child migrants consuming time and energy on Capitol Hill, a government-wide continuing resolution now appears to be a near certainty for the fall.

Carter and Goodlatte Put Down Their Own Markers to Solve Border Crisis

July 17, 2014

The specially appointed House GOP border surge working group is poised to submit its formal policy recommendations to party leaders, while two of its members appear to be pursuing alternate tracks.

GOP Task Force Member Says Border Crisis Recommendations Will Be Released Thursday

July 17, 2014

Updated 2:19 p.m. | The House GOP working group tasked with making policy recommendations on how to manage the influx of unaccompanied child migrants on the Southwest border will hand off its formal report to Republican leaders on Thursday, members confirmed.

One Day Closer to Recess and Still No House Border Funding Bill

July 16, 2014

The House wrapped up Wednesday, one day closer to the August recess and still with no clear indication of when Republicans will unveil their response to President Barack Obama’s emergency funding request for $3.7 billion for the Texas border crisis.

Border Funding Request Takes Shape in House

July 15, 2014

Updated 4:45 p.m. | House Republicans could, by the week’s end, unveil their legislative response to the president’s $3.7 billion request to bolster resources at the southwest border.

Child Migrant Supplemental to Be Sought by White House

June 28, 2014

The Obama administration plans to request a supplemental appropriations package in the coming weeks in order to manage an unprecedented surge of unaccompanied minors at the southwest border, according to a White House official.

White House Threatened Veto of Spending Bill Over McConnell Amendment (Updated)

June 19, 2014

Updated 2:44 p.m. | Top senators signaled the White House threatened to veto a Senate spending bill over a possible amendment from Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to block EPA power plant regulations.

House Work on Spending Bills Slows Amid Leadership Turmoil

June 13, 2014

As Senate floor action on appropriations begins to pick up, House consideration may be slowing down.

Bipartisan Work on Spending Bills Faces Senate Test

June 13, 2014

With the first cluster of appropriations bills due on the Senate floor next week, Republicans must decide whether to fight now or later over spending and policy priorities.

Pediatric Research Bill Offers Guidance, No Clear Funding Guarantees

June 11, 2014

A pediatric research bill Congress cleared this week is winning praise for boosting efforts to combat childhood diseases, but the measure will not change any spending levels unless appropriators allocate money for the work to the National Institutes of Health.

C-J-S Bill Advances After Democratic Gun Provisions Turned Aside

May 8, 2014

House appropriators advanced a measure Thursday to fund the Justice and Commerce departments, along with science agencies, after endorsing a GOP gun proposal and sidelining a series of Democratic firearm policy amendments.

Permanent Policy Riders Represent 'New Twist' in Annual Spending Debates

May 7, 2014

A pair of firearms provisions buried deep within the chairman’s mark of the fiscal 2015 Commerce-Justice-Science funding bill highlight an emerging strategy in the annual debate over spending: Policy language that seeks to make permanent changes in the law.

Appropriators Set Brisk Pace for Bill Passage

April 25, 2014

The next three months are crunch time for appropriators hoping to pass as many of the 12 annual spending bills as possible before the August recess.

Appropriators Still Hold Power Despite Austerity

April 25, 2014

Appropriators may not wield the clout they once did, but when it comes to lobbying for federal dollars, they’re still a top ticket in town.

Electoral Waiting Game May Tempt GOP Appropriators

March 26, 2014

Poised to make gains in the November elections, Senate Republicans may have little incentive to cooperate on spending bills once they reach the floor. That’s because they may get a better deal in the lame duck, which could raise the likelihood for a continuing resolution to start fiscal 2015.

Cooperation a Distant Goal for One Spending Bill

March 7, 2014

As appropriators try to build on the accord they reached in the $1.1 trillion omnibus while working on fiscal 2015 spending plans, some observers already are questioning whether the largest nondefense spending bill, Labor-HHS-Education, can be completed as a stand-alone measure in a steeply divided Congress.

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