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U.S. Appropriations Committee Republicans urge 2-year U.S. budget deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee on Monday urged budget negotiators to agree on spending levels for two years by December 2 so that Congress can pass annual spending bills and avoid another government shutdown. Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers and 12 subcommittee chairs warned in a letter that failure to agree on spending caps could lead to another shutdown and waste the committee's efforts.

White House tours to resume on limited basis in November

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House will reopen for public tours in November after a seven-month hiatus triggered by federal budget cuts. Starting on November 5, tours of the East Wing and executive residence portions of the White House will resume for three days a week, rather than five. The popular tours were shut down last March after $85 billion in spending cuts kicked in and Secret Service officials could not provide sufficient personnel for the tours.

White House orders government agencies to begin shutting down

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House ordered government agencies to begin shutting down late on Monday after Congress failed to find a compromise on a government spending bill before a midnight deadline.

White House budget office urges agencies to prepare for possible shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House budget office directed federal agencies on Tuesday to prepare for the possibility of a federal government shutdown should Democrats and Republicans fail to find a budget compromise by the end of September. With conservative Republicans pushing for spending cuts and attempting to cut off funding for President Barack Obama's 2011 healthcare law, the two sides are having trouble reaching a budget agreement ahead of the September 30 end of the 2013 fiscal year.

US House to introduce stop-gap budget

A key US lawmaker introduced a stop-gap funding bill Wednesday to prevent an October 1 government shut-down, acknowledging there is not enough time to pass a yearly US budget. House Appropriations Committee chairman, Republican Hal Rogers, unveiled a temporary measure that would continue funding for all federal agencies, programs and services after the current fiscal year ends September 30 -- but only until December 15.

Senate moves forward with $108B measure funding transportation, housing

WASHINGTON - A $108 billion measure that would boost funding for infrastructure projects and housing subsidies for the poor is moving ahead in the Senate. The measure cleared a procedural hurdle by a bipartisan 73-26 vote Tuesday, and that sets up days of debate with the goal of passing the measure next week.

US Senate approves stop-gap funding bill

A divided US Senate came together Wednesday to approve legislation that avoids a government shutdown, with a compromise stop-gap measure likely headed to the president's desk this week. The sweeping spending bill that funds day-to-day government operations through the end of September easily passed 73-26, after Senate leaders cut a deal on amendments to the legislation and the chamber overcame a procedural blocking tactic that had been thrown up by Republicans.

House passes stop-gap US government funding bill

The US House passed a stop-gap funding measure Wednesday that keeps the government operating through fiscal year 2013, as Congress seeks to seal a needed budget extension before a March 27 deadline. The Republican-sponsored bill, which passed 267-151, would shift several billion dollars to certain military operations as a way to soften the blow of sweeping automatic spending cuts that came into effect last week.

U.S. Congress moving swiftly to avoid government shutdown

* Senate leaders optimistic over government funding legislation * Democrats eye more spending flexibility for domestic agencies By Richard Cowan and David Lawder WASHINGTON, March 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress is moving rapidly to pass legislation funding the federal government through Sept. 30, as Senate leaders on Tuesday expressed eagerness to avoid any threat of agency shutdowns when money runs out on March 27.

US House offers up budget plan, with cuts in place

US House Republicans introduced a proposal Monday that would fund the government through the end of fiscal year 2013, albeit at a reduced level to account for harsh spending cuts already under way. The measure, expected to be brought to the floor for a vote this week, does not cancel the $85 billion in arbitrary and automatic cuts known as sequestration that began to take effect last Friday.
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