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Stop-Gap Budget

  • 1:10 pm Monday, December 20th, 2010 by Jamie Dupree

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) Sunday night unveiled a stop-gap budget plan designed to keep the government running until March 4.  If you want to read the bill – here it is. As you will see, it’s filled with a lot of fine print that some might call legislative legalese, or …

Year-End Budget Deal

  • 8:43 pm Sunday, December 19th, 2010 by Jamie Dupree

Senate leaders have struck a final agreement on a short term budget, which will keep the federal government running through March 4, 2011.   Here are the bullet points as announced Sunday evening by the Senate Appropriations Committee:- WASHINGTON, DC – Below are highlights of the Senate amendment to H.R. 3082, …

Food Safety Bill Lives

  • 8:40 pm Sunday, December 19th, 2010 by Jamie Dupree

A major food safety bill that had almost been given up for dead was suddenly revived in the Senate late on Sunday evening, and may be ready for House approval as early as Tuesday. In a parliamentary move laid out on the Senate floor by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …

Congress & Christmas

  • 9:40 am Sunday, December 19th, 2010 by Jamie Dupree

Earlier this month, some of my more junior colleagues in the Press Gallery ridiculed me when I predicted that Congress would be in session until almost Christmas.  What a bunch of rookies. Well, the calendar today reads December 20.  It shouldn’t be a surprise that the House and Senate still …

A Different Omnibus

  • 9:38 am Sunday, December 19th, 2010 by Jamie Dupree

Last week, an Omnibus Budget bill died in the Senate.  It was not the end of efforts by Democrats to put together wide-ranging legislation, as they unveiled a new Omnibus dealing with public lands bills. This 1,003 page bill was given the nice name of “America’s Great Outdoors Act of …

No Tax Increase

  • 2:07 am Friday, December 17th, 2010 by Jamie Dupree

For awhile, it looked like the Obama-GOP tax deal was going off the rails in the House on Thursday, but Democrats righted the ship as lawmakers joined to send that bill on to President Obama. The final tally was 277-148, another strong bipartisan majority in favor of the bill, which …

The Omnibus Dies

  • 11:12 pm Thursday, December 16th, 2010 by Jamie Dupree

Two days after unveiling a 1,924 page earmark-filled Omnibus Budget plan, Democrats last night pulled the plug on the massive budget bill, sparking an hour of bitter exchanges on the Senate floor. What most people probably don’t realize is that the Omnibus bill was the product of months of negotiations …

More Omnibus Earmarks

  • 9:45 pm Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 by Jamie Dupree

Oh, there is nothing like lifting the curtain in Congress, because it can spur all kinds of reaction from voters.  That was proven again yesterday on anything related to Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. The dustup all began when I was searching for House Republicans who had earmarks in the …

Those Pesky GOP Earmarks

  • 11:16 am Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 by Jamie Dupree

While Republicans denounced the 1,924 page Omnibus budget bill that was unveiled by Senate Democrats yesterday, their arguments against earmarks ran into some trouble during a news conference today. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) joined Sen. John Thune (R-SD) in the Senate Radio-TV Gallery in what was billed as a news …

The Omnibus Arrives

  • 11:27 pm Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 by Jamie Dupree

I have been talking about it for weeks, and yesterday it was finally released.  A 1,924 page behemoth known in the lexicon of Capitol Hill as the “Omnibus” budget bill, chock full of thousands of home state budget earmarks.Even though it was championed by Democrats, the Omnibus is filled with …