Tag Archives: Federal Budget

Report: US Appropriation Leaders Agree on $1T Spending Package

Senate and House appropriators have finalized the details of a 1,603-page $1.01 trillion spending bill that would fund government operations during the 2015 fiscal year, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. Ed O’Keefe writes the budget deal allocates $521 billion for defense activities and $492 billion for non-military discretionary programs. “There’s …

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Report: Fiscal Decisions Await Returning Post-Election Congress

The Congress has reconvened for the lame-duck session and will face decisions on new budget measures to keep the government afloat and fund defense programs, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Emily Kopp writes congressional agenda for the next few weeks could also include emergency funding to stop the Ebola outbreak …

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Richard Shelby: Congress to Pass Continuing Resolution Before Election Campaigns

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Senate Appropriations Committee ranking member, believes Congress will approve a continuing resolution for defense funding before the mid-term campaign period begins in October, Defense News reported Tuesday. Shelby predicts the resolution likely could fund the Defense Department and other agencies until mid-November, John Bennett reports. Some …

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Shaun Donovan Confirmed by Senate as OMB Director

Shaun Donovan, President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget, has won Senate approval of his appointment by a 75-22 vote, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. He succeeds Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who is now the secretary of health and human services. Donovan has held the …

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CBO’s Joseph Kile: Highway Trust Fund Near Empty

Congressional auditor Joseph Kile has called on lawmakers to address what he said were increasingly dwindling funds used to build, operate and maintain the nation’s highways, National Journal reported Tuesday. Billy House writes Kile, assistant director for microeconomics studies at the Congressional Budget Office, testified at a Senate Finance Committee …

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NNSA Closes Los Alamos Nuclear Lab Upgrade Project

The National Nuclear Security Administration spent $1 million less than the agency’s original budget of $245 million for an upgrade project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s plutonium facility. Work to upgrade security at the Technical Area-55 nuclear lab began in 2011 and was completed under the NNSA’s Nuclear Materials …

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