#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON:Dec.09 – House and Senate negotiators on Monday were racing to finish a $1 trillion spending bill so lawmakers have enough time to vote on the package and avert a looming government shut down on Friday.
Appropriators were still aiming to unveil the bill by late Monday night, but aides said it’s possible that timetable could slip until Tuesday, which could complicate the House and Senate’s efforts to end the lame-duck session this week.
For Republicans drafting a massive spending bill for the end of the congressional session, timing is everything.
GOP leaders, who want to pass the sweeping year-end spending package on Wednesday, must release the proposal on Monday in order to satisfy House rules for bringing legislation to the floor two days after it is released.
#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – Nov.23 – Following on from previous post earlier and the Press Release about Obama’s secret order report.
Just received this update: Pentagon reversed a decision to delay deploying 1,500 troops to Iraq until Congress approved $5.6 billion in funding to pay for their missions.
“We can deploy troops to the theatre, but — so that — that process can and will continue,” said Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby at a briefing Thursday.
Kirby said Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, commander of U.S. Central Command, has also moved about 50 U.S. forces within Iraq to Anbar Province to get a “jump start” on expanding the advise-and-assist mission, as well as on starting to train Iraqi forces in their fight against Islamic militants.
“But it doesn’t mean that we still don’t need the authorization in terms of the resources that will go with the much more robust program that we’re trying to get done,” Kirby said. “He can start it and he is.”