Tag Archives: Harry Reid

Buck McKeon Opposes Sequester Flexibility for Pentagon Officials

House Armed Services Committee Chairman (R-Calif.) opposes a proposal to authorize top Pentagon officials to decide on which programs would be cut due to sequestration, Defense News reported Tuesday. John Bennett writes McKeon’s stance rejects the motions of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev). and Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking …

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Report: Senate Leaders Eye Wednesday Debt Vote

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) were working on a deal to raise the debt limit and re-open the government with the goal of bringing that measure to the full chamber Wednesday, Reuters reports. Richard Cowan writes such a deal would extend the U.S.’ borrowing …

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Report: Senate Close to Budget, Debt Agreement

Senate leaders have hinted the chamber is closing on a deal to end the federal shutdown and avoid a possible default later in the week, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday. Both Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed optimism about a bipartisan agreement after a round …

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Senate Leaders Start Budget, Debt Ceiling Talks

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) started talks over the weekend over ending the government shutdown and reaching a debt ceiling deal, USA Today reported Sunday. The leadership met Saturday along with Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to negotiate a …

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Harry Reid: Govt Must Open Before Budget Talks Start

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that budget negotiations between Democrats and Republicans should not start until the government shutdown ends, Reuters reported Tuesday. Richard Cowan and Kim Dixon write Reid made the remarks to reporters as Republican lawmakers sought to pass new measures that include financial support …

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Report: Senate Democrats Eye December to Cut Sequestration

Democratic leaders in the Senate will push to nullify sequestration cuts in December as part of a mini-omnibus spending bill that would fund the government for fiscal year 2014, Defense News reported Monday. John Bennett writes that Senate Democrats intend for that scenario to occur after the chamber passes a stopgap measure …

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Lawmakers Considering CR Omnibus Strategy

Some members of the Senate Appropriations Committee are considering a return to the omnibus approach as a way to pass a continuing resolution before March 27, the date of a potential government shutdown, Federal Times reports. John Bennett writes an omnibus bill would combine several full-year agency spending bills into …

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Report: Senate To Vote Down Sequestration Alternative Proposals

The Senate is expected to vote down alternative proposals proposed by both Democrats and Republicans aimed at avoiding $85 billion in sequestration cuts, Roll Call reports. Alan K. Ota writes Republicans James Inhofe of Oklahoma and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania proposed giving President Barack Obama flexibility in implementing cuts, while Majority Leader Harry …

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House OKs 4-Month Debt Ceiling Deal

The House voted Wednesday to approve the increase of the federal debt ceiling in an attempt to avoid the previous standoff over the government’s borrowing limit in summer 2011, Reuters reports. David Lawder writes the chamber approved the measure 285-144, with 33 Republicans and 111 Democrats voting against it. According …

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