April 7, 2011 But, he added, "I'm not yet prepared to express wild optimism" about the chances for a deal on this year's federal budget in time to avert a government shutdown at midnight Friday.
April 7, 2011 President Obama and congressional leaders met last night. Lawmakers will resume their negotiations today.
April 6, 2011 While officials say essential jobs and duties wouldn't be affected, more than 800,000 civilian workers would be furloughed. Such tasks as processing paper tax returns would be suspended. Military personnel wouldn't get their paychecks.
April 5, 2011 House Budget Committee chair, Rep. Paul Ryan, showed political bravery in taking on entitlements as part of his proposed 2012 Republican budget plan. While trying to claim the high ground of leadership for the GOP, he also provided Democrats with a target-rich environment, ensuring a huge debate.
April 5, 2011 After meeting with President Obama at the White House, the House speaker said there's still no deal. The federal government could shut down at midnight Friday if no agreement is reached.
April 5, 2011 The Republican plan, he says, would cut $6.2 trillion in spending over the next 10 years. Read what he and other GOP leaders are proposing.
March 30, 2011 With a partial government shutdown looming just a bit over a week away, Democrats and Republicans appeared to settle on about $33 in federal spending cuts for the rest of the year. But a final deal was yet to be reached as of Wednesday evening.
March 3, 2011 After meeting with Republicans on the budget, Biden issued a tweet-worthy news release. It was a signal of not much progress.
March 1, 2011 The House has voted to keep the federal government running for two more weeks, passing a bill to avert a government shutdown by a 335-91 margin. The bill, which the Senate is expected to pass as well, buys more time for legislators to work out a long-term spending bill.
February 15, 2011 The House GOP reached $100 billion in 2011 cuts by measuring against an Obama budget never enacted.
February 15, 2011 The official itemized list of $100 billion in cuts proposed by House GOP leaders.
February 15, 2011 Obama said that instead of his own proposal, he seeks bipartisan talks on restraining entitlement spending. That's why he didn't include a detailed proposal to tackle that problem in his just-released proposed fiscal 2012 budget.
February 15, 2011 Today on Talk of the Nation, some of the pros and cons of the proposed budget, Jeopardy! phenom Ken Jennings takes on Watson, quitting smoking, and the issue of ideological diversity among university colleagues.
February 14, 2011 A president's budget should always be read first as a political document and no more so than when that president is running for re-election.So President Obama's goal was to practice the political version of the physician's Hippocratic Oath: First do no harm to your chances of winning a second term.