By Ramsey Cox – 09/22/12 01:04 AM ET
The Senate approved the six-month spending resolution to keep the government funded early Saturday morning.
The vote was 62-30, with 10 Republicans voting with the Democratic majority and only one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin (W.V.), voting against. The vote took place after the upper chamber came to an agreement on other votes, including Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) bill to end foreign aid to Egypt, Libya, Pakistan and Yemen unless they met certain conditions.
The continuing resoluion will now go to the White House where the president is expected to sign it into law. The fundng of the government must be authorized before the new fiscal year begins on October 1.
Paul had been filibustering the Senate for days, delaying action by requiring the maximum amount of time be spent on each vote until he got a vote on his own bill, which failed, 10-81. Continue reading “Senate passes resolution to keep government funded”
Monday – 9/10/2012, 6:47pm EDT; By Jolie Lee, Amanda Iacone &
Lawmakers returned to Washington, D.C., this week with a packed agenda. Topping the list of priorities is hammering out final details of a stopgap spending measure to keep the government running beyond the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30.
Amid the election-year politicking, the list of unfinished business also includes legislation to restructure the financially ailing U.S. Postal Service and a cybersecurity bill that aims to safeguard the nation’s critical infrastructure.
Perhaps looming largest of all is what Congress plans to do about automatic, across-the-board cuts, known as sequestration, set to take effect Jan. 2. Failure to avert the cuts could send the country over a “fiscal cliff,” budget experts warn. Continue reading “Congress faces continuing resolution, sequestration and postal reform”
By ANDY MEDICI | Last Updated:April 19, 2012
A showdown is brewing between the House of Representatives and the White House that, if not resolved, could lead to a government shutdown this fall.
On Wednesday, the Office of Management and Budget’s acting director Jeffrey Zients told a top House lawmaker that President Obama will veto any 2013 spending bills that cut agency budgets below levels set in last year’s Budget Control Act. Continue reading “At stake in showdown over 2013 spending: a possible shutdown”