More on Republican Governors and the Medicaid Expansion

By: Friday June 29, 2012 2:03 pm

Just to update the Republican governors and the Medicaid expansion issue, which I think will be the big fight in the states through 2014 and potentially beyond: • Keep in mind that under the law, any state could start their Medicaid expansion right now if they choose. And this would still be free for the [...]

DSCC Wastes $1 Million in Ads on Retiring Ben Nelson

By: Tuesday December 27, 2011 11:15 am

Ben Nelson, Nebraska’s Democratic senator, will retire from the Senate next year, despite benefiting from a million dollars in early-cycle advertising funded by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Nelson is scheduled to hold a press conference back home in Nebraska as early as today to make his decision official, said several Democratic insiders close to [...]

American Jobs Act Fails First Senate Cloture Vote

By: Wednesday October 12, 2011 6:17 am

As expected, the American Jobs Act failed to pass a cloture vote last night. The vote was 50-49. Democrats held the vote open so “New Englander of the Year” Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) could return from Boston and cast the final vote in favor, giving them the talking point that a majority supported the bill. Tom [...]

Conservative Democrats Plan Vote Against Jobs to Save Their Careers (?)

By: Tuesday October 11, 2011 10:55 am

So far, we have one defection on the American Jobs Act, though it isn’t a Democratic defection. Joe Lieberman, the lame duck (emphasis on lame) Senator from the Connnecticut for Lieberman Party, plans to vote no today, because he wants more deficit reduction (the American Jobs Act reduces the deficit). In addition, New Hampshire Democrat [...]

“We Fixed the Glitch”

By: Tuesday July 19, 2011 12:58 pm

After reading a story about a fix to the Affordable Care Act, I’m reminded of this scene from Office Space (OK, I know that’s not the scene, but a reasonable facsimile that won’t get me sued). In the scene, the two efficiency experts named Bob find that Initech has been paying Milton Wadhams for years [...]

Ben Nelson Wants Spending Cuts Primary in Debt Limit Deal

By: Wednesday July 6, 2011 11:00 am

One of the reasons why Democrats are going to lose this debt limit fight in a big way is that they have no consistent position across their membership. Republicans know exactly what they want – no taxes – and every one of their members agrees with that assessment. By contrast, Democrats have people like Ben [...]

Kyl: Spending Cuts Now, Taxes Later

By: Wednesday May 18, 2011 8:35 am

Democrats and the White House both believe that Republicans will eventually vote to raise the debt limit. They could take a hard line and simply cut off negotiations. But instead, they’re in the midst of talks, headed by Joe Biden, on reducing the deficit. And according to Elise Foley, they’re about to go running up [...]

26 Co-Sponsors for Senate Rules Reform, as Ben Nelson Walks Back Opposition

By: Thursday January 6, 2011 2:28 pm

Senators Tom Udall, Jeff Merkley and Tom Harkin have announced that their proposal for reforming the Senate rules now has 26 co-sponsors, all Democrats. But they represent a healthy ideological cross-section of the entire caucus. In addition to Udall, Harkin and Merkley, the resolution is currently co-sponsored by the following senators: Dick Durbin (IL), Amy [...]

Senate Rules Reform Package Released

By: Wednesday January 5, 2011 9:56 am

Tom Udall has released the Senate rules reform package that he will introduce today for a vote, which he believes he can get passed with a simple majority. It includes most of the features that had been bandied about throughout the last couple weeks. Here are the highlights: • Eliminating the filibuster on the motion [...]

The Intricacies of the Omnibus Spending Bill

By: Thursday December 16, 2010 10:10 am

The omnibus spending bill is rife with interesting backstories and competing agendas. It’s clear to me that Jim DeMint’s pressure to read the full omnibus, which stands at over 1,900 pages, has three parts: 1) to cement his standing with the Tea Party against “pork” and really spending in general; 2) to run out the [...]

Scott Brown Announces Support for Repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

By: Friday December 3, 2010 11:01 am

Scott Brown announced his support for repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell today, consistent with the position of the broader military. “I pledged to keep an open mind about the present policy on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Having reviewed the Pentagon report, having spoken to active and retired military service members, and having discussed the matter [...]

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