appropriations bills

David Hawkings' Whiteboard: Continuing Resolutions
 

Roll Call Senior Congressional Editor David Hawkings breaks down Congress' favorite budgetary procrastination tool: the continuing resolution.

Fall Forecast: What to Look for as Congress Returns
 

Mikulski Plots One More Push at Omnibus

Mikulski details her plans about transportation funding issues at Baltimore's Penn Station. (Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)

BALTIMORE, Md. — When the Senate returns next month, the chamber's top appropriator is planning one more push at an omnibus, even if it's a serious long shot.  

Speaking at an event to laud the enactment of a stopgap measure to provide about $11 billion to replenish the Highway Trust Fund and avert construction layoffs, Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., outlined an effort to use the fiscal 2015 Military Construction-VA spending bill as the vehicle for a catchall package, rather than a continuing resolution.  

GOP Won't Shut Down Government to Block 'War on Coal,' Thune Predicts

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A top Senate Republican predicted the GOP's fight against the EPA's "war on coal" won't lead to a government shutdown.  

Republican Conference Chairman John Thune of South Dakota predicted Thursday that a proposal from Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to effectively halt the EPA's regulation of carbon emissions from existing power plants won't go away.  

Appropriators Punt on Labor-HHS Spending Bill

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The Senate Appropriations Committee won't consider a typically contentious federal spending bill this week.  

And it was unclear Wednesday whether Sen. Tom Harkin will ever get the chance to bring his final Labor-HHS-Education spending bill through the full Appropriations Committee.  

Mikulski Would Like Appropriations Bills Bundled Into 'Mini or Maxi' Buses

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The Senate Appropriations chairwoman is interested in seeing spending bills bundled together for floor consideration.  

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski said she hoped to get floor time as soon as possible. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has previously indicated that the Maryland Democrat and fellow appropriators could get two weeks of the current work period.