Senator Chuck Schumer Misleads On Trial Snowden Would Receive

By: Monday January 6, 2014 6:55 am

Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. Senator Chuck Schumer, a graduate of Harvard Law School who has been a US Senator since 1999, must know what he said on This Week is wrong. Schumer falsely claimed that if Edward Snowden returned to the United States to face his accusers he would have the opportunity [...]

Democratic Senators Pushing For New Iran Sanctions Despite Deal

By: Tuesday November 26, 2013 5:56 am

Despite the securing of a short term deal by the White House to with Iran, some Senators remain on the war path. None more so than Senator Chuck Schumer of New York who gave a bellicose speech on Sunday night pledging more sanctions for Iran and to defeat the Arab world and Palestinians. “Democrats and [...]

Boehner Trying to Push Plan B Over the Counter

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 10:22 am

I guess the good news about the state of the fiscal slope negotiations is that nobody seems to like what’s on offer. Dick Durbin, seen as close to the President, just rejected including the chained CPI for Social Security benefits in a final deal. That rejection came even faster than the rejection of raising the [...]

Treasury Declines to Label China a Currency Manipulator

By: Wednesday November 28, 2012 7:45 am

The Treasury Department once again declined to label China a currency manipulator, despite arguing that the yuan “remains significantly undervalued” and should rise further. They basically patted themselves on the back and tried to show that their policy of engagement with China has worked to this point. China “has substantially reduced the level of official [...]

As New York Officials Deliver Damage Estimates, Prospects for Supplemental Funding Remote

By: Tuesday November 27, 2012 9:15 am

It’s easy to forget, amid the non-stop talk about long-term deficits, that the East Coast remains fairly ruined from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie – who’s going to win re-election next year by saying he’s the only man in the state equipped to handle the reconstruction efforts – already released [...]

Schumer, Graham Restart Immigration Reform Talks

By: Monday November 12, 2012 6:13 am

Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham have restarted talks on a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

Pressure Increases for a Grand Bargain Without Any Policy Rationale

By: Friday November 9, 2012 7:00 am

Chuck Schumer, obviously running point for Senate Democrats on fiscal slope negotiations, claims that a chastened GOP will be willing to deal. But the only party who has made any concessions on a deal has been Chuck Schumer, floating an extension of current tax rates for upper-income earners, accompanying a limit on deductions. He went [...]

Conciliatory Rhetoric Breaking Out in Washington

By: Friday November 9, 2012 6:13 am

It’s just a few days out from a national election, the spotlight is more closely affixed on Washington, and everyone is on their best behavior. That’s the best reading of several comments made over the last 48 hours, designed to get the media to believe that we’ve entered a new era of bipartisanship, and more [...]

Reid Says “We’re Not Going to Mess With Social Security”

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 12:17 pm

Peter Orszag’s column today, which I highlighted earlier, says that a deficit deal should include Social Security changes even while admitting they have nothing to do with the deficit. It’s worth pointing out that the Senate leadership is right now making a lot of statements that will be difficult to walk back on this matter, [...]

War on Facts: Republicans Complain About Nonpartisan Congressional Study on Tax Cuts for the Rich, Get It Taken Down

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 11:35 am

Senate Democrats have liberated a report from the Congressional Research Service which Senate Republicans successfully got the nonpartisan research arm of Congress to retract. The report argued that there is no evidence that tax cuts for high-income earners boosts economic growth, which Republicans didn’t want out in the public sphere. Here’s what Senate Democrats said [...]

White House Vows to Veto Any Fiscal Cliff Actions Without Increase in Top Marginal Rates

By: Thursday October 18, 2012 6:16 am

White House officials reiterated a vow made in the past about the fiscal cliff, but in much stronger terms, saying that President Obama would veto any bill related to extending or offsetting the expiring fiscal measures if it didn’t include allowing the top two marginal tax rates, over $250,000 of income, to return to 36% [...]

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