First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha left the White House Friday evening for a weekend skip trip in Vail, Colorado, according to the White House.
The House early Saturday was on the verge of completing its consideration of a measure to keep the federal government funded, after four straight nights of post-midnight debate and more than 90 hours on the House floor.
Lawmakers this week proposed 583 amendments to a resolution funding the federal government through September. Ultimately 153 of those amendments were considered on the House floor and 67 of them ended up being adopted by the House.
HILLSBORO, Ore. -- Apparently Paul Otellini has decided that President Obama understands something about the U.S. economy after all.
Chances are if you tuned into C-SPAN at any point this week, you caught a glimpse of the marathon session in the House of Representatives as lawmakers debated hundreds of proposed spending cuts, on top of the $61 billion in reductions already proposed by Republicans last week.
A conservative budget proposal that would have cut an additional $22 billion across federal agencies on top of the $61 billion in cuts already proposed by House Republicans failed the House Friday amid sharp disagreements among Republicans over just how far Congress should go in seeking to rein in federal spending.
The White House released the following statement Friday on the violence in Bahrain, Libya and Yemen.
A Republican House member issued a statement on Friday warning that an amendment proposed by conservative members of his party could force the U.S. Capitol Police to lay off hundreds of officers.
The debate on funding the federal government transformed into a heated argument over social issues Thursday night as lawmakers took to the House floor for over two hours to debate an amendment that would block federal funding of Planned Parenthood.
President Obama traveled Thursday night to northern California for an evening meeting with a group of Silicon Valley chief executives, among them Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, and Steve Jobs, the ailing head of Apple.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) declined to say Thursday whether House Democrats might support a stop-gap government funding resolution that cuts spending to below current levels.
During an interview with TMJ4 of Milwaukee, Wisc., that aired Thursday, President Obama weighed in on the rapidly escalating brouhaha over Gov. Scott Walker's (R-Wisc.) proposal to strip public-sector employees of collective bargaining rights.
As the House continues its marathon session of brainstorming spending cuts beyond the $61 billion already proposed by Republicans, Speaker John Boehner on Thursday said that he's not certain when a final vote will be held.
The House on Thursday passed a 90-day extension of key provisions of the Patriot Act counterterrorism surveillance law, sending the measure on to President Obama for his signature.
House lawmakers on Thursday will get their first shot at voting to defund the national health care overhaul, the latest effort by congressional Republicans to render ineffective President Obama's signature legislative initiative.
The House on Wednesday narrowly approved an amendment that would eliminate funding for a second engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a move that would contribute an additional $450 million to the estimated $61 billion in federal spending cuts that House Republicans have proposed for the rest of the current fiscal year.
Senate Democrats on Wednesday announced that they will support President Obama's proposed five-year freeze on domestic discretionary spending, a move that comes as the White House and congressional Republicans do battle over the president's budget proposal for the next fiscal year.
Debate and votes on House Republicans' plan to continue funding the federal government could stretch past Thursday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) announced in a memo Wednesday afternoon.
Two longtime adversaries appeared together at a Senate committee hearing Wednesday morning to deliver a message to Congress: invest more in America's infrastructure.
The Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would extend through May three key provisions of the Patriot Act that are set to expire later this month. The move is designed to buy time for lawmakers to fully debate and hold hearings on the controversial counterterrorism surveillance law.
The Senate on Tuesday rejected an amendment that would have denied Transportation Security Administration employees collective bargaining rights, handing a victory to Democrats and labor groups.
House Republican leaders announced Tuesday that their budget for the 2012 fiscal year will include an effort to reform entitlement programs including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
The House on Tuesday voted to proceed on a Republican-led plan that would cut $61 billion in spending across the federal government through the end of the current fiscal year in September.
Senate Republicans are committed to the level of spending cuts that House GOP leaders have...
House Republican leaders on Tuesday sought to contrast their plan to cut $61 billion from the remainder of this year's budget with the $3.7 trillion federal budget for next year rolled out by President Obama on Monday.
House Democratic leaders on Tuesday pushed back against Republican criticism of President Obama's fiscal year 2012 budget plan, contending that many Republicans who are taking aim at the president for not heeding the advice of his bipartisan debt and deficit commission had earlier opposed the panel's creation as well as some of its recommendations.
The White House has announced that President Obama will hold a press conference late Tuesday morning.
The House approved Monday a measure that would extend key provisions of the Patriot Act through December. Their vote came less than a week after House Republicans suffered an embarrassing defeat when the same bill was brought up under fast-track rules and failed by seven votes.
The National Institutes of Health, which is the major vehicle for public financing of biomedical research, gets a slight bump up in the president's 2012 budget, from $30.8 to $31.8 billion. With the rate of inflation in the medical research sector of the economy running about 3.5 percent a year, the president's request is the equivalent of flat-funding.
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Will House Republicans tackle entitlement reform in their 2012 budget? It depends on whom you ask.
The Obama administration disclosed Monday that its fiscal 2012 budget proposal includes a request for...
President Obama's plan would boost the Energy Department's budget to $29.5 billion, up 12 percent from the enacted 2010 budget and up 4 percent from estimated spending in the current fiscal year.
Labor Department spending under President Obama's 2012 budget would fall five percent from what was enacted in 2010, to $12.8 billion. While the agency is charged with promoting the welfare of workers, job seekers and retirees, the budget released Monday "reflects the need to make sacrifices in many areas," the administration statement says.
The first sentence of the "funding highlights" in the White House budget document says that...
| February 14, 2011; 4:46 PM ET |
Categories: 44 The Obama Presidency, Barack Obama, Health Care, Health Care, Republican Party, The Agencies, The Budget, White House
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President Obama's proposed 2012 budget provides $58.8 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs and places a continued emphasis on the care and benefits for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
President Obama's proposed budget includes $41.74 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development,...
The Justice Department is mostly spared the knife under President Obama's proposed 2012 budget, with...
The proposed Department of Homeland Security budget of $43.2 billion amounts to a slight increase...
The president's proposed fiscal 2012 budget requests $553 billion for the Defense Department's base spending...
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday afternoon that the spending levels outlined by House Republicans late last week for the remainder of the fiscal year would endanger the country's national security.
The $12 billion budget for the Interior Department is largely unchanged. But Interior is changing some of the ways it plans to use that money.
Proposing to spend $128 billion on transportation in fiscal 2012, the heart of the White House spending plan is a push for a six-year renewal of the nation's transportation blueprint.
President Obama's proposed budget provides $9 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency, noting that that...
The Obama administration is proposing $23.9 billion in discretionary funding for the Agriculture Department's 2012 budget, a decrease of $3.2 billion, with the biggest cuts coming from direct payments to high-income farmers, rural home loan programs and wetlands conservation programs.
The administration's $14 billion proposed budget for the Treasury Department represents a 4 percent bump from the budget that was enacted in 2010.
Under the President's proposed 2012 budget, the Food and Drug Administration would get $2.7 billion,...
In President Obama's new budget plan, the idea of comprehensive climate legislation appears to have...
Conservative activist and blogger Andrew Breitbart's weekend in Washington at the Conservative Political Action Conference was interrupted when he was served with a lawsuit filed by the subject of one of his infamous videos, the New York Times reports.
President Obama's 2012 budget proposal says that funding for the State Department and U.S. Agency...
Under the president's proposal, renewable energy, wireless communications, next-generation computer processors and robotics research all receive a boost.
| February 14, 2011; 11:56 AM ET |
Categories: 44 The Obama Presidency, The Agencies, The Budget | Tags: 2012 budget, federal science budget, math teacher training budget, national science foundation budget, obama budget, obama science budget, science teacher training money
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President Obama wants a major funding increase in the coming year to sustain Pell grants for needy college students and more modest increases to finance his reform agenda for public schools.
Topics this weekend ranged from Egypt to the president's pending budget request. Lawmakers were also asked to react to the Conservative Political Action Conference, which concluded this Saturday.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reacted Sunday to the latest developments in Egypt, and to results of CPAC's informal presidential candidate straw poll.