Democrats and Republicans who blocked the Senate immigration bill this week say it's now time to focus on immigration law enforcement, and say President Bush should still find a way to pump $4.4 billion he promised into border security.
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer yesterday flouted President Bush's threat to veto spending bills for being too costly, and he chided Republicans for criticizing the fiscal restraint of the Democrat-led Congress.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE:House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer today flouted President Bush's threat to veto spending bills for being too costly, and he chided Republicans for criticizing the fiscal restraint of the Democrat-led Congress.
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, sat down this afternoon with reporters and an editor from The Washington Times. Here is a partial transcript of the wide-ranging interview.
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer yesterday predicted that the battle with the Bush administration over spending will escalate with the White House's selection of a former Republican lawmaker to head its budget office.
President Bush yesterday closed ranks with House Republican leaders in opposition to Democratic spending bills that surpass his requested amounts, during a meeting at the White House.
House Republicans say the dozen appropriation bills crafted by Democrats this year will result in more than $100 billion in new spending that will set off a "vicious cycle" of higher taxes and will cripple the economy.
The House passed a $36 billion Homeland Security Department appropriations bill yesterday, despite objections from Republicans that the measure provides too little money for fencing along the U.S.-Mexican border.
House Democratic leaders yesterday bowed to Republican pressure and abandoned their plan to permit the addition of "pork-barrel" projects to annual spending bills after the two chambers had voted on the measures.