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”
Doug Mills/The New York Times
The House speaker, John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio, arrived for a meeting on Wednesday morning.
Published: October 16, 2013
WASHINGTON — Senate Democratic and Republican leaders on Wednesday reached final agreement on a deal to reopen the government and extend its borrowing authority into February, with votes in the House and the Senate possibly to begin in the afternoon, according to aides familiar with the negotiations.
Senate Republicans have gathered for a final review, but lawmakers have given no indication they will block it. A government shutdown into its third week yielded virtually no concessions to the Republicans other than some minor tightening of income verifications for people obtaining subsidized insurance premiums under the new health care law.
Under the agreement, the government would be funded through Jan. 15, and the debt ceiling will be extended to Feb. 7. The Senate will take up a separate motion to instruct House and Senate negotiators to reach accord by Dec. 13 on a long-term blueprint for tax-and-spending policies over the next decade. Continue reading “Senate Reaches Bipartisan Fiscal Deal”