Tamar Hallerman

White House Sets Feb. 9 Budget Rollout Date

The White House will release its fiscal 2017 budget request on Feb. 9, narrowly missing the statutory deadline for sending the proposal to Congress.

Omnibus Spending Bill Lands at Last, With Oil Export Ban Lifted

The House and Senate Appropriations committees early Wednesday filed a $1.15 trillion fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill that would end a 40-year ban on exporting crude oil and breathe new life into an expired land conservation account.

House Passes Five-Day Extension of Government Funding

The House on Friday passed by voice vote a five-day continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 16, securing a little more time for congressional leaders and appropriators to finish negotiating an omnibus spending measure.  

President Barack Obama is expected to sign the five-day CR, which the Senate passed on Thursday. House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers said Friday that the omnibus negotiations are moving slowly but that they are still hoping to have a bill prepared by Dec. 14.  

Mikulski: 'Poison Pill' Riders, Taxes Drag Down Omnibus Talks

The top Senate Democratic appropriator said Tuesday more than three dozen policy riders and a package of tax extenders continue to trip up omnibus negotiations that could stretch into the weekend.

Bitterness Lingers as Omnibus Talks Stumble Over Policy Riders

Senior appropriators attempted to pick up the pieces Thursday after a messy 36 hours laid bare just how far apart the parties remain on the fiscal 2016 omnibus.

Omnibus Spat Spills Into View as Democrats Ready Counteroffer

House Democrats on Wednesday were preparing a counteroffer after they formally rejected Republicans' opening proposal on the largest outstanding policy and funding sticking points in the fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill.

Budget Deal's Goodwill Evaporates With Defense Spending Spat

A partisan skirmish erupted over a Pentagon spending bill Wednesday, bringing to an abrupt halt the wave of cross-party goodwill that helped congressional leaders shepherd a bipartisan budget agreement to passage last week.

In Ryan, Budget Talks Gain a New Player Who's an Old Hand

Paul D. Ryan's years spent honing his fiscal expertise and cultivating relationships will assure his ascent to the speakership this week — and immediately plant a numbers pro in the middle of high-stakes budget talks.

Path Toward 'Clean' Spending Stopgap Bill Emerges

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday began laying the groundwork for the chamber to advance a “clean” continuing resolution in the coming days after Democrats and some Republicans banded together to block consideration of a stopgap with Planned Parenthood defunding language.

Cruz and Paul Rally Against Planned Parenthood Funding

With all eyes on the House of Representatives right now as the likely arena for a battle over Planned Parenthood, a small group of Senate Republicans who want to slash the organization’s funding aren’t bowing out of the fight.

McConnell Shuts Down Planned Parenthood Shutdown Talk (Video)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed the growing talk that the fight over Planned Parenthood might result in a government shutdown come Oct. 1 — nor, he said, would he allow a default on the debt.  

McConnell, R-Ky., who has repeatedly vowed to oppose shutdowns on his watch , will need to corral a good number of his conference as well as the Democrats to get that done, but he didn't seem that worried about it Thursday at a press conference marking the first half of the year with Republicans newly in charge of the Senate. Asked by CQ Roll Call if he had the votes today to pass a government funding bill without Planned Parenthood defunding language, McConnell laughed and said, "You all just keep trying, don't you?"  

Fattah Says He's Innocent, Will Run Despite Indictment (Video)

Rep. Chaka Fattah, indicted Wednesday on 29 counts of racketeering conspiracy, bribery and wire fraud as part of an FBI and IRS probe, told reporters at the Capitol he's innocent and will seek re-election to his Philadelphia seat.  

"First of all, it’s a great way to start the August break, and it will keep you all busy, I’m sure. You’ll get to write one more story," the Pennsylvania Democrat said. "But it’s been an eight year matter, and we’ve moved from an investigation to an actual allegation and I think I’ll stand by my original position which was as an elected official, I’ve never been involved in any illegal activity or misappropriation of funds."  

House Appropriations' Rogers Likely to Give Up Gavel

House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers says he likely will give up his gavel rather than seek a waiver when his third two-year term expires next year, leaving an opening for the chairmanship of the spending panel.

Cuba Travel, Trade Would Be Allowed Under Senate Bill

Senate appropriators approved landmark language Thursday that would accelerate the Obama administration's initiative to thaw relations with Cuba.

House GOP Appropriators Prepare for Sequester Showdown

House Republican leaders don't want to be the first to flinch at Democrats' calls to repeal sequester-level spending caps, but senior GOP appropriators emerged from a closed-door meeting Wednesday in agreement: Congress has to do something.  

Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., gathered his 12 subcommittee chairmen together to discuss next steps for the fiscal 2016 appropriations process that has ground to a halt on Capitol Hill with just 15 scheduled legislative days left to avert a government shutdown in September. Members and aides who attended or were knowledgable about the meeting said no decisions were made inside the room. It was primarily a chance for Rogers to get his people together and make sure everyone was on the same page.  

Campaign Finance Loophole Inserted in Spending Bill

Senate appropriators folded into a draft spending bill a provision long sought by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that would relax campaign finance coordination rules between candidates and the political parties.

Confederate Flag Flap a Death Knell for Appropriations Work

The fiscal 2016 appropriations process effectively screeched to a halt Friday, the day after bitter divisions over a Republican Confederate flag provision sunk the Interior-Environment appropriations bill and apparently laid claim to the rest of the spending measures as well.

Uproar Over Confederate Flag Blocks Interior-Environment Bill

Republican leaders abruptly pulled the fiscal 2016 Interior-Environment spending bill from the floor Thursday in a highly embarrassing about-face after Democrats and moderate Republicans revolted against a planned vote to allow Confederate flag imagery to be displayed on cemeteries on federal land.

Republicans to Vote on Allowing Display of Confederate Flag

In a rapid and dramatic policy shift, Confederate flag imagery could be allowed to remain displayed on graves on federal land in some circumstances under a Republican-sponsored amendment that will be voted on in the House on Thursday.

Spending Bills Headed for Partisan Gridlock

Confrontations between the parties, and factions within the GOP conference over government spending levels will probably leave Congress in gridlock in the weeks ahead, dragging to a halt the unusually rapid pace House and Senate appropriators have managed to set with their fiscal 2016 bills.