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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, center, is escorted by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, left, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to a meeting with senators on Sept. 21.

Bipartisan stopgap funds bill unveiled in Senate

Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., says the House speaker's job may be on the line if he cuts a deal with Democrats.

Senate readies stopgap as House tries again on full-year bills

Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is walking a tightrope in trying to find a stopgap funding formula that would unite his fractious conference.
Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is walking a tightrope in trying to find a stopgap funding formula that would unite his fractious conference.

Stopgap funding troubles

Speaker Kevin McCarthy has struggled to find something his conference can agree on.

House GOP leaders scrap spending bill votes amid infighting

Rep. Cory Mills, R-Fla., detects a "softening" of GOP opposition, but not his own — Mills says he's still a "no."

Progress seen in House GOP spending talks

Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., stops to speak to reporters as he leaves the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023.

Rule vote for stopgap scrapped as GOP leaders weigh more cuts

Rep. Jodey C. Arrington, R-Texas, leaves a House GOP meeting at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington on Wednesday, May 10, 2023.

Balanced-budget plan unveiled by House Republicans

Sen. Ron Johnson blocked consideration of a three-bill spending package on the floor.

Appropriations on the skids

Reps. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., right, and Scott Perry, R-Pa., confer at a House Oversight and Accountability Committee hearing on Wednesday.

House GOP starts to coalesce around stopgap funding plan

Sen. Ron Johnson wants to debate each spending bill individually.

Combo appropriations package hits the skids in Senate

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., leaves a news conference after a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, June 6, 2023.

Scalise is back, but unclear for how long

North Carolina Republican Rep. Patrick T. McHenry attends a news conference after the House passed the debt limit and spending caps package on May 31.

Spending turmoil rocks House GOP with deadline weeks away

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, arrives for a Banking Committee hearing on Thursday, September 7, 2023.

Bipartisan group would boost asset limits for benefit program

Aerial view of the Pentagon building in Arlington, Va., on Aug. 2.

White House releases $40.1B supplemental funding request

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is caught between competing GOP factions in a battle over spending priorities.

Spending battle preview

A Big Bus Tours tour bus, with an advertisement for a stress relief supplement, drives past the Hall of States building on North Capitol Street in Washington on Wednesday. Congress is set to go on summer recess on Friday.

House passes Military Construction-VA bill, cancels Friday votes

Rep. Brandon Williams, R-N.Y., is seen outside the Capitol during the last votes of the week on May 25.

First House GOP spending bill clears key procedural hurdle

From left, Reps. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., and Bob Good, R-Va., prepare for a news conference with members of the House Freedom Caucus on appropriations outside the Capitol on Tuesday.

GOP conservatives’ demands imperil House spending bills

Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., left, and Rep. Clay Higgins, R-La., talk during a House Oversight and Accountability Committee meeting  on Jan. 31.

GOP holdouts on spending bills score dozens of earmarks

Senate Appropriations Chair Patty Murray, center, and ranking Republican Susan Collins, right, are plowing through their fiscal 2024 bills with bipartisan support, unlike their House counterparts.

Divergent spending paths

House Majority Whip Tom Emmer, R-Minn., leaves a news conference after a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the Capitol on June 6.

House GOP readies more cuts to fiscal 2024 appropriations bills

Senate Appropriations Committee ranking member Susan Collins, R-Maine, right, and Chair Patty Murray, D-Wash., lead a full committee markup on June 22, 2023.

Murray, Collins strike deal on fiscal 2024 emergency funds

Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, is one of the House Freedom Caucus members demanding steeper spending cuts.

Appropriations collision course

Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., said he wants "clear cuts" and to consider him a "no" vote on appropriations bills "until you hear otherwise."

House GOP may move stopgap spending bill as soon as this month

The size and scope of Pentagon spending remains up in the air as a push begins for a supplemental package for Ukraine and more.

Defense budget uncertainty

Senate Appropriations Chair  Patty Murray, D-Wash., second from right, and vice chair Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, right, pledged bipartisanship but clashed over subcommittee allocations. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Spending allocations clash

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland accused Republicans of reneging on bipartisan spending levels set in a debt limit deal.

Partisan clash on spending and taxes

Reps. Jodey C. Arrington, right, and Kevin Hern leave a meeting of the House Republican Conference at the Capitol Hill Club on Feb. 28.

Conservatives’ budget plan renews battle over seniors’ benefits

Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., and members of the House Freedom Caucus sought new concessions from GOP leadership after a rift over the debt limit deal.

Conservatives revolt

Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., and members of the House Freedom Caucus hold a news conference to oppose the debt limit deal outside of the US Capitol on May 30.

House GOP leaders work to tamp down rule fracas

A rules revolt from within the GOP conference could mean
Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., right, and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., have to work together more.

Is House logjam a one-time event, or the new normal for McCarthy?

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., speaks to a reporter in her office in the Longworth House Office Building on May 25.

Omar elevated to No. 2 slot among House Budget Democrats

Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., gives remarks at Statuary Hall in the Capitol on Wednesday.

Deeper spending cuts may be in play to break House deadlock

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., was part of a bloc of conservatives who thwarted a procedural vote Tuesday because of lingering anger over a debt and spending package the House passed last week with Democratic support.

Still steaming over debt deal, conservatives derail House action

Maine Sen. Susan Collins, the top Senate GOP appropriator, won a commitment to take up a supplemental spending bill as part of her consent to a debt limit deal with defense spending caps.

Implications of the debt limit deal

From left, Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., are seen outside the Republican Senate luncheon in the Capitol Thursday.

Crisis averted as Senate sends debt limit package to Biden

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., left, confers with Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., at the House Rules Committee meeting on Tuesday.

Debt limit deal clears key hurdle; more land mines await

Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., must beat back opposition to a bipartisan debt limit deal from his party's right flank. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Debt limit deal explained

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, center, Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar and Minority Whip Katherine M. Clark conduct a news conference on the debt ceiling in the Capitol on May 23, 2023.

Bipartisan debt limit package unveiled as clock ticks toward ‘x date’

Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., had been in talks for days with President Joe Biden regarding the debt limit.

Bipartisan deal reached to raise debt limit, cap appropriations

Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, R-N.C., arrives at the Capitol during the last votes of the week on Thursday.

Parties moving closer on debt ceiling deal as talks drag on

Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., says negotiators must reach a deal this week to raise the debt limit.

Spending caps struggle

Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., concludes a news conference after a meeting with President Joe Biden and other top congressional leaders on the debt ceiling at the White House on Tuesday.

Biden, McCarthy will attempt to salvage debt limit deal

Rep. Garret Graves, R-La., speaks to reporters outside of the Capitol Hill Club after the House Republicans’ conference meeting in Washington on May 10.

‘Pause’ lifted, debt limit talks back on

Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, left, and Speaker Kevin McCarthy attend the portrait unveiling for former Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., in Statuary Hall in the Capitol on Wednesday.

Contours of debt limit deal start to take shape

House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., speaks during a news conference with House and Senate Republicans on Wednesday.

White House defends Biden’s travel to Japan amid debt talks

Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., must negotiate with Democrats and appease the GOP's right flank on a debt limit deal.

Debt limit drama

South Dakota Republican Sen. Mike Rounds says there’s something to the idea of extending deadlines until after the 2024 elections.

White House meeting delayed amid staff talks on budget, debt

Rep. Jared Moskowitz, D-Fla., is saying "the quiet part out loud."

Length of spending caps, debt limit hike mulled as talks begin

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) speaks during a convocation at Liberty University's Vines Center in Lynchburg, Va., on April 14.

Trump’s Hill backers often voted like DeSantis on entitlements