Defense, tourism among winners in spending bill

Defense, tourism among winners in spending bill

A Michigan boot-maker, potato farmers and more than 1,200 contractors that supply parts for a next-generation fighter plane are among the many winners in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress. Supporters of manufacturers added a provision that would create public-private partnerships to accelerate the transition of new technologies from basic research to […]

GOP lament: What is Ted Cruz doing?

GOP lament: What is Ted Cruz doing?

One colleague called the tactics of tea party-backed Sen. Ted Cruz on the $1.1 trillion spending bill a painful echo of last year’s 16-day partial government shutdown. Another senator said it was a strategy without an end game. And that sniping came from Cruz’s fellow Republicans. The 43-year-old Texas freshman in a political hurry — […]

$1.1 trillion spending bill finally clears Congress

$1.1 trillion spending bill finally clears Congress

Congress cleared a $1.1 trillion spending bill for President Barack Obama’s signature after a day of Senate intrigue capped by a failed, largely symbolic Republican challenge to the administration’s new immigration policy. The vote late Saturday night was 56-40 in favor of the measure, which funds nearly the entire government through the Sept. 30 end […]

Senate: Next stop for spending bill

Senate: Next stop for spending bill

It’s now up to the Senate to pass a huge $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government running, but not before a battle between old school veterans and new breed freshmen such as tea partier Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren, a liberal with a national following. The smart money’s on old school types such […]

Opposition to spending bill grows

Opposition to spending bill grows

Growing opposition among Democrats and persistent opposition from the tea party Republicans has left a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill teetering as many lawmakers find more in the measure to dislike than like. Two items are particularly toxic to Democrats whose votes will be needed to pass the measure, neither of which was disclosed until […]

Massive $1.1 trillion spending bill angers right-wing

Massive $1.1 trillion spending bill angers right-wing

A huge, $1.1 trillion spending bill funding every corner of government faces its first test in the House, where conservatives are unhappy because it fails to challenge President Barack Obama’s immigration policy and many Democrats are displeased because it weakens the 2010 Dodd-Frank regulation of risky financial instruments. Another provision drawing fire would allow pensions […]

Policy differences threaten spending bill

Policy differences threaten spending bill

Ahead of Congress’ midnight Thursday deadline, snags caused by policy differences are holding up a $1.1 trillion, government-wide spending bill, including a provision that could lead to pension cuts for more than 1 million retirees and a plan to relax new regulations on some risky financial products. The massive measure is the main piece of […]

Spending bill passes Senate, goes to Obama

The huge bill funds every agency of government, pairing increases for NASA and Army Corps of Engineers construction projects with cuts to the Internal Revenue Service and foreign aid.

Spending bill passes Senate, goes to Obama

Congress sent President Barack Obama a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill Thursday, easing the harshest effects of last year’s automatic budget cuts after tea party critics chastened by October’s partial shutdown mounted only a faint protest. The Senate voted 72-26 for the measure, which cleared the House a little more than 24 hours earlier on […]