By: Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan
December 5, 2013 07:25 PM EST
Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray are only a few billion dollars in budgetary savings away from a deal that would set spending levels and blunt the impact of across-the-board spending cuts for the next two years, according to sources close to the negotiations.
But hurdles remain, as finding those few billion dollars is difficult in an already tight federal budget.
Ryan and Murray — who chair the House and Senate Budget committees respectively — will work through the weekend to try to craft the ever-elusive budget agreement. Their self-imposed deadline is Dec. 13, which is next Friday. After then, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) vows he will send the House home for Christmas with or without a budget agreement.
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By Alexander Bolton and Pete Kasperowicz – 10/17/13 12:40 AM ET
President Obama signed into law a bipartisan deal approved by Congress to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, the White House said early Thursday morning.
Hundreds of thousands of federal workers will return to their jobs on Thursday, and national parks and memorials shuttered for 16 days will reopen.
Lawmakers voted just hours before the Oct. 17 deadline set by the Treasury Department for raising the borrowing limit. Continue reading “Shutdown ends; Obama signs deal”
By Mike Lillis – 10/14/13 03:32 PM ET
House Democrats are fuming about a rule change adopted by Republicans just before the government shut down on Oct. 1, arguing it shows GOP leaders closed agencies intentionally.
Under long-standing House rules, any member of the chamber can bring a measure to the floor. But Republicans altered the rule governing legislation to fund the government so that only House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) holds the power to make such a motion.
The practical effect of that change became apparent on Saturday, when Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, tried to bring the Senate-passed continuing resolution (CR) to the floor, only to be shot down.
“That motion may be offered only by the majority leader or his designee,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who was presiding over the chamber at the time. Continue reading “Dems decry midnight rule change”