January 17, 2014, 06:00 am
By Erik Wasson
The Senate’s approval Thursday night of a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill finally put to bed the government’s budget for 2014.
Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.)
The biggest winner of the omnibus is the appropriations chairman who negotiated it and was rewarded with 359 votes on the floor.
Rogers opposed October’s government shutdown and has long argued winning conservative policy goals in a divided government is better achieved through negotiation rather than threats. With the omnibus, he has proof. Continue reading “Boehner, Mikulski among omnibus winners”
Tuesday – 1/14/2014, 8:33am EST
The bipartisan spending bill unveilved Monday night grants a 1 percent pay raise to blue-collar federal employees.
This is the first pay raise in three years for employees under the wage-grade system.
“I’m proud to fight on the front lines for federal employee pay as hard as federal employees fight on the front lines each and every day for America,” Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) said in a statement. “This long-overdue modest pay raise for federal government employees is a good step in recognizing the value of blue-collar federal workers.” Continue reading “Spending bill grants 1 percent pay raise to blue-collar feds”
Tuesday – 1/14/2014, 4:25am ET
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top congressional negotiators Monday night released a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill that would pay for the operations of government through October and finally put to rest the bitter budget battles of last year.
The massive measure fleshes out the details of the budget deal that Congress passed last month. That pact gave relatively modest, but much-sought relief to the Pentagon and domestic agencies after deep budget cuts last year.
The bill would avert spending cuts that threatened construction of new aircraft carriers and next-generation Joint Strike Fighters. It maintains rent subsidies for the poor, awards federal civilian and military workers a 1 percent raise and beefs up security at U.S. embassies across the globe. The Obama administration would be denied money to meet its full commitments to the International Monetary Fund but get much of the money it wanted to pay for implementation of the new health care law and the 2010 overhaul of financial regulations. Continue reading “Rogers, Mikulski unveil $1 trillion spending bill”
WASHINGTON — With the next budget deadline just weeks away, top lawmakers said this week that they had made significant progress negotiating a huge government-wide spending bill that gives the once mighty congressional Appropriations Committees a chance to reassert control over the flow of federal dollars.
“We have a chance to prove to the rest of the Congress that we can produce bills,” Representative Harold Rogers, the Kentucky Republican who is the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said in an interview.
The past few years have proved frustrating for members of the spending panels. With House Republicans unable to come to terms with Senate Democrats on a budget, the government has functioned mainly under a series of continuing resolutions that have taken the Appropriations Committees out of the game. Continue reading “Lawmakers Cite Progress On Budget Near Deadline”