Posts tagged ‘continuing appropriations’

March 9, 2012

Senate Moves to Waive Budget Control Act Provisions

In debating S. 1813, the Federal Transportation funding bill, known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, a motion was passed by a vote of 66-31 to waive the budgetary restrictions of the Budget Control Act, capping discretionary spending. In effect, the motion renders the Budget Control Act meaningless in controlling the growth of Federal spending.

Republican Senators Alexander (R-TN), Blunt (R-MO), Boozman (R-AR), Brown (R-MA), Cochran (R-MS), Collins (R-ME), Heller (R-NV), Hoeven (R-ND), Hutchison (R-TX), Inhofe (R-OK), Shelby (R-AL), Snowe (R-ME), Vitter (R-LA), and Wicker (R-MS) voted to waive budgetary restrictions, while all Democrats voted for the motion except Warner of Virginia.

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January 19, 2012

House Passes Payroll Tax Cut Extension

The House Passed HR 3630, the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011 on December 17, 2011. The measure provides for the continuation of the 2% payroll tax cut for both self-employed and employees, extends the funding for Unemployment Compensation until March 1, 2012, extends Medicare payments to doctors until March 1, 2012, imposes increased fees for home buyers under Fannie Mae, and gives the President 60 days to make a determination of the permit for the XL Keystone Pipeline from Canada. The CBO estimates the total bill will add $166.8 billion to the national debt for the 2012 fiscal year.

Ten Democrats supported 224 Republicans for the measure, while 14 Republicans opposed the bill on grounds of excessive spending. The final tally was 234 – 193.

 

January 19, 2012

Senate Passes Consolidated Appropriations Bill

The Senate passed HR 2112, making consolidated appropriations for the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012.

The bill was passed by the House June 6, 2011, and finally was put through the Senate on Nov. 1, 2011. Thirty Republicans voted against the measure on grounds of excessive spending.

January 19, 2012

Senate Ratifies Continuing Appropriations Bill

On September 26, 2011, the Senate ratified HR 2608 (see previous post), which provides continuing appropriations for discretionary programs for the remainder of the fiscal year. The Senate amended the bill to add $25 billion to home mortgage insurance programs.

Twelve Republican Senators voted against the bill: Ayotte (NH), Blunt (MO), Crapo (ID), Hatch (UT), Heller (NV), Inhofe (OK), Johnson (WI), Lee (UT), Paul (KY), Risch (ID), Rubio (FL), and Toomey (PA).

January 19, 2012

House Approves Continuing Appropriations Bill

On September 23, 2011, the House passed HR 2608 by 219 – 203. The measure provides for continuing discretionary appropriations until November 18, 2011, with the codicil that the total be reduced from previous levels by 1.503%. Twenty-four Republicans voted against the bill to voice displeasure with the continued massive spending, while six moderate Democrats voted for the measure – Altmire (PA-4), Holden (PA-17), Kissel (NC-8), McCarthy (NY-4), Michaud (ME-2), and Welch (VT-at large).

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