Farm Bill Stalled, Programs Set to Expire September 30

By: Thursday September 13, 2012 6:11 am

While the House will pass their six-month stopgap budget bill today, pushing government spending authority out to March, one other September 30 deadline remains outstanding, and Congress looks prepared to let it expire. That would be the authorization for farm programs. If nothing is done, the farm programs would revert back to the policy of [...]

Senate Democrats Tie Romney Gulf Coast Visit to Ryan’s Proposed Cuts to Disaster Relief

By: Friday August 31, 2012 12:57 pm

The only real notable element of Mitt Romney’s post-convention performance today was that he accidentally referred to the United States as a company, i.e. a person. But in anticipation of his visit to the Gulf Coast for some photo-ops with victims of Hurricane Isaac, Senate Democrats are using unusual vigor to hold House Republicans, mainly [...]

Jindal Criticizes Obama for Not Delivering More Government Spending on Disaster Relief

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 8:21 am

The President spoke about an hour ago about the preparations for Hurricane Isaac (it has now graduated to hurricane force), asking residents to listen to their local officials and follow calls for evacuation should they arise. President Obama also signed a state of emergency declaration for Louisiana, which makes federal funding available for emergency efforts [...]

Drought Relief Bill Passes House, But Won’t Help Livestock Producers Through August

By: Friday August 3, 2012 8:15 am

The House of Representatives passed their one-year drought relief bill by a relatively thin margin yesterday, 223-197. They needed 35 votes from Democrats to get it across the line, as 46 Republicans begged off the bill. Here’s the roll call. The House passed this on the last possible day of the session before the August [...]

House Game-Playing on Farm Bill, Drought Relief

By: Thursday August 2, 2012 10:24 am

The House will take up its standalone disaster relief bill today, which will serve as a talking point in rural Republican districts as “action” being taken to respond to the historic drought plaguing the country. The House waited until the last possible day before the August recess to pass the measure, giving the Senate basically [...]

House Leaders Drop Farm Bill Extension, Will Instead Push Disaster Relief

By: Wednesday August 1, 2012 8:15 am

Forget about the farm bill. The House GOP leadership has dropped their efforts to pass a one-year extension of farm programs under current policy, weeks after they dropped efforts to pass a Republican version of the farm bill which has passed the House Agriculture Committee. With substantial opposition on both sides to continuing a program [...]

Stopgap Spending Package Won’t Be Voted On Until After August Recess

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 8:15 am

House and Senate leaders continue to work on a stopgap spending bill to close out the year, and could announce it as early as today. The bill would extend a continuing resolution on the budget for six months, until the end of March 2013. The spending levels would likely equal those designated in the debt [...]

OMB Plans to Stretch FEMA Funding to the Next Showdown

By: Wednesday September 28, 2011 11:01 am

Congress narrowly avoided the potential crisis of a government shutdown, because FEMA found enough funding to last through Fiscal Year 2011, which ends this week. This eliminated the need for emergency 2011 funding, which was attached to a continuing resolution to fund the government. So they dropped that funding along with the offset that was [...]

Democrats Preserve Principles, Republicans Cave on Continuing Resolution and FEMA Funding

By: Tuesday September 27, 2011 6:20 am

As I reported during last night’s live blog, the Senate reached agreement on a Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government, including reduced emergency funds — but without offsets — through November 18.  The agreement averts for now the threat of a government shutdown.  The Senate approved the CR by a vote of 79-12, and [...]

Live Thread: Senate Vote on Continuing Resolution with Disaster Funding

By: Monday September 26, 2011 2:18 pm

Voting in the Senate on a temporary spending bill that includes disaster relief funding is about to get underway. Harry Reid submitted the bill, which is virtually identical to the bill that passed the Senate, except that the disaster relief funding is not offset, for a cloture vote, which requires 60 votes. That means that [...]

Cain to Congressional GOP – Give Up on Offsets for Disaster Relief

By: Monday September 26, 2011 10:55 am

Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain, fresh off a victory at a key Florida straw poll, just went on CNN and basically said that FEMA needs full funding without offsets, a blow to the united front from Republicans on the issue that could lead to a government shutdown. “I would make sure that FEMA got the [...]

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