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Posts Tagged ‘shutdown’

Round-the-Clock Talks Fail to Produce Budget Agreement

  • April 7, 2011
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Negotiators raced against the clock to find a middle ground on funding the government for the remainder of fiscal 2011, but despite apparent progress narrowing the differences between the two parties, a final deal is not yet in sight. After emerging late Thursday from the second White House meeting convened by President Obama on the day, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that talks would continue through the night …

Final Decisions on Shutdown Impacts Still to Come

  • April 7, 2011
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Guidance issued Thursday by Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn outlined in broad terms how a government shutdown would impact the department, but did not include many details as to what activities would be suspended if Congress fails to fund federal operations beyond midnight Friday. “Civilians will be briefed by their supervisors by Friday, April 8, as to whether their work and responsibilities fall into excepted or non-excepted status …

Talks to Avert Federal Shutdown Continue

  • April 6, 2011
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With less than three days before a government-wide shutdown could begin, negotiators from both parties continued discussions over an agreement to fund federal operations for the remainder of fiscal 2011. At press time, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) were scheduled to meet with President Obama for the second consecutive day in hopes of finding a compromise …

Pentagon Prepares for Possible Shutdown

  • April 6, 2011
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Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn is developing guidance for the military services and defense agencies outlining how they should plan for a potential shutdown of the federal government. The guidance, scheduled to come out shortly, would help officials determine what missions are essential and what personnel would be needed to carry them out …

Washington Moves Closer to a Shutdown as Budget Talks Break Down

  • April 5, 2011
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A White House meeting Tuesday between President Obama and party leaders failed to produce an agreement over funding the government for the remainder of fiscal 2011, raising the prospect that the federal government will shutdown midnight Friday. At the meeting, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) broached the possibility that Republicans would agree to cutting $40 billion from current spending levels, $7 billion more than purportedly had been agreed to last week …

President to Intervene in Budget Talks as Deal Moves Further from Reach

  • April 4, 2011
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President Obama will meet with the leaders of the two parties at the White House today as the April 8 deadline for passing a measure to keep the government open fast approaches. On Monday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) made clear that the gulf between the two parties is widening, stating that Republicans will not settle for a $33 billion cut from current spending levels …

Final Spending Deal Continues to Elude Lawmakers

  • April 3, 2011
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Republican and Democratic leaders as of Friday evening had moved no closer to a final agreement on funding the government through the remainder of fiscal 2011 as House and Senate staff planned to continue negotiations over the weekend. Appropriations staff from the two chambers will try to settle on specific spending cuts, while leadership staff will focus on the various policy provisions included in the House-passed budget measure …

Leaders Continue Talks over Budget Deal

  • March 31, 2011
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Democrat and Republican leaders continue to wrangle over the exact amount of spending cuts and other details as lawmakers try to reach agreement on how to fund the government for the next six months and avert a federal shutdown. The $33 billion compromise over the level of spending cuts in fiscal 2011 reported yesterday may not be the final figure …

House, Senate Arrive at Middle Ground on FY 2011 Budget

  • March 30, 2011
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Party leaders and the White House came to a general agreement Wednesday evening on the level of spending cuts to include in a measure to keep the federal government running for the remainder of fiscal 2011. Under the agreement reached, the two sides would cut spending by about $33 billion, approximately halfway between the $61.5 billion the House Republicans have insisted on and Senate Democrats’ initial demand to hold FY 2011 spending flat …

Fiscal 2011 Budget Talks Veer Off Track

  • March 29, 2011
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After coming close over the weekend to reaching a deal to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal 2011, negotiations between House and Senate leaders appear to have stumbled again, at least temporarily. The two sides reportedly had a tentative agreement to trim approximately $30 billion from current spending levels …

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