Obama Wants Up or Down Vote On “Basic Plan” By Fiscal Cliff Deadline

By: Saturday December 29, 2012 4:27 am

In a late press conference after his 3pm meeting with congressional leaders, President Obama offered an ultimatum to Republicans – pass a bipartisan compromise bill or he will instruct Senate Majority Leader Reid to put a bill on the Senate floor that will make anyone voting against it look responsible for the horrors of the [...]

Democrats Adamant on Senate Version of Violence Against Women Act

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 10:58 am

Among the loose ends for Congress before the election is the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Though you would think this would be a no-brainer, it got caught up earlier this year in a partisan controversy. Republicans objected to provisions that would have expanded the anti-domestic violence protections to tribal land, undocumented immigrants [...]

Senate Tax Votes Happening Now

By: Wednesday July 25, 2012 1:37 pm

The Senate voted down the Republican tax cut plan, which was an amendment to the Democratic plan. As noted earlier, the Republican plan would have simply extended all the Bush tax cuts for one year, while the Democratic plan would only extend up to the first $250,000 of income, and add some stimulus-era tax cuts [...]

Blue Slip Issue Leads to Democratic Conundrum on Violence Against Women Act

By: Monday May 21, 2012 12:52 pm

House Republicans believe that a technical error in the Senate’s handling of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act allows them to reject that bill, giving them a tactical advantage as the long-running skirmish nears an endgame. Brian Beutler reports that the House GOP determined that the Senate version of the bill had a [...]

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