July 3, 1986 |
When he was running for re-election in 1982, Gov. Thornburgh scarcely let a week go by that he did not appear in some town or city to stand, smiling, next to a large mockup of a government grant check that the community was to receive. If Altoona was getting $15 million for road work, or if Williamsport was receiving $2 million for an environmental-assessment study, the governor was there, even though his role in the awarding of the grant had been minimal. This year, Democrats who recall the political mileage Thornburgh got out of announcing what were in many cases routine state grants appear to be trying to limit the ability of his would-be successor, Lt. Gov. William W. Scranton 3d, to play the same game.
October 19, 1990 |
The Senate early today approved a budget bill that would raise the gasoline tax to 18 cents a gallon as part of a broadly based collection of new taxes and spending reductions. With the Senate action on a vote of 54-46, the five-month-long budget battle moves into its most critical stage, in which the House and Senate must agree on a single bill that resolves their differences over the gasoline tax and tax rates for the wealthy. Lawmakers had been trying to reach a budget accord before 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, when the government's authority to operate expires.
March 29, 2006
As most schoolchildren know, the Constitution requires the House and Senate to approve a bill before the president can sign it into law. But that didn't stop President Bush last month from signing a budget bill that, it turns out, was not approved by the House. A congressional clerk inserted a mistake in the House version of the $39 billion measure, changing a provision regarding Medicare reimbursements for medical equipment. Before the bill reached the President's desk, Republican leaders warned the White House that the Senate and House bills were not identical.
June 9, 1986 |
With the fiscal-year deadline little more than three weeks away, the state House of Representatives is scheduled to begin debate this week on a record state spending plan of $9.71 billion. The budget bill was proposed by House Democratic leaders, and the annual House debate is expected to generate hundreds of proposed amendments, with attention focused on such key issues as the distribution of $2.2 billion in local school aid and establishment of a new statewide minimum salary for public school teachers.
April 15, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Congress voted Thursday to keep the federal government running through the end of September - but not before a struggle that saw both conservative and liberal opposition to the compromise spending plan painstakingly crafted by the White House and congressional negotiators. The vote in the GOP-led House was 260-167, with 59 Republicans breaking ranks with their party leadership to vote against the deal, which calls for $38 billion in spending cuts this year. The Republican defections, a result of opposition from conservatives who said the bill did not do enough to rein in spending, forced Speaker John A. Boehner to turn to Democrats to help pass the bill.
July 4, 2004 |
Pennsylvania's $22.7 billion state budget - which by law should have been approved on June 30 - remained caught in a bottleneck early this morning after the state House worked late to pass a gambling bill, 113-88. Legislative leaders said the budget bill would not be taken up until the slots bill and the property tax reform bill had cleared both chambers. Late yesterday afternoon, gambling opponents offered an amendment to prohibit lawmakers from holding any interest in gambling companies, and a contentious 1 1/2-hour debate ensued.
November 18, 1995 |
Congress yesterday approved the huge Republican budget bill that would scale back programs for the elderly and poor, cut taxes for middle-class families and investors, and put the government on track to a balanced budget. With GOP lawmakers cheering the vote, the House ratified the seven-year balanced budget, 237-189, almost exclusively along party lines. A few hours later, the Senate concurred, 52-47, but with a minor change that requires another vote in the House today. After that, it would go to the White House, where President Clinton is almost certain to veto it. As the Senate debated the bill last night, White House chief of staff Leon Panetta negotiated with congressional leaders.
April 6, 1997 |
They told Gov. Ridge: Don't mess with our pet issues. They also voted to spend more on education than Ridge wanted, even dipping into their own internal reserves to pay for new textbooks for public school students. When House members passed a $17.06 billion fiscal 1997-98 budget last week, they delivered a message about their priorities, but crossed their fingers as they sent it to the Senate. Not all members were optimistic about its fate. "That budget coming back from the Senate won't look the same at all," said Rep. Mario J. Civera Jr. (R., Delaware)
November 11, 2005 |
In a stunning breakdown of Republican unity, House leaders failed yesterday to muster enough votes to pass $50 billion in budget savings, their ranks torn between moderate and conservative wings that rejected pleas for party discipline. The GOP leaders, who also faced unified Democratic opposition, were forced to pull the budget bill off the House floor rather than see it defeated. At the same time, rebellion by Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, a moderate Republican from Maine, blocked the Senate Finance Committee from approving a $70 billion tax-cut package, another Republican priority.
June 5, 1996 |
The House cleared another hurdle yesterday on its way toward passing a state budget by approving a resolution restricting the way the spending plan can be amended when it is voted on next week. Under the new rule, if legislators want to propose more money for schools, buses or health care, for instance, they will first have to find items to cut from the $16.2 billion budget that Gov. Ridge wants. Even with the rule, House leaders expect a tide of amendments to the budget. No matter what emerges from the House, many lawmakers say legislative leaders ultimately will end up drafting the final budget.