Payroll Tax/UI Bill: Haggling Over Pay-Fors

By: Wednesday January 18, 2012 8:30 am

In its first day back, Congress held a quorum call and voted on a new Sergeant-at-Arms. That’s it. It’s going to be that kind of year. Today, there’s a “resolution of disapproval” on the President’s request for another tranche of debt limit funds. You’ll recall that this is the request the Administration delayed so that [...]

House Democrats Hit GOP For Stalling on Conference Committee

By: Friday January 6, 2012 6:54 am

Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats pulled off a neat little trick yesterday. The two-month extension of the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance really only allows for one month of negotiation in the conference committee, since Congress stands in recess until the end of January. But there’s no reason that the conference committee cannot [...]

The Myth of the Actually Negotiating Conference Committee

By: Monday January 2, 2012 6:20 am

Steve Benen thinks that the payroll tax cut is doomed, based on the conferees the Senate Republicans added to hammer out a long-term agreement. The newly named Republican conferees are Senators Jon Kyl of Arizona, Michael D. Crapo of Idaho and John Barrasso of Wyoming [...] These aren’t three senators you’d appoint to a conference [...]

Unemployment System at Stake in Conference Committee Negotiations

By: Monday December 26, 2011 8:43 am

As Charlie Pierce writes, one reason why we should hold back on the celebration over the two-month extension on the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance is that the conference committee has yet to work its will on the process. We don’t really know what is bound to come out of that, but we can [...]

The Next Payroll Tax Fight: A Preview

By: Friday December 23, 2011 8:55 am

With the two-month stopgap put to bed, all eyes turn to the next round on the fight to extend a payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance. Once this law is signed, lawmakers will have until the end of February to reach agreement on what they claim to want, a year-long extension on the above two [...]

House Republicans Cave, Agree to Two-Month Stopgap on Payroll Tax, UI

By: Thursday December 22, 2011 1:51 pm

And there it is. John Boehner has cried uncle. House Republicans will pass the two-month Senate stopgap bill to extend the payroll tax cut, unemployment insurance benefits and a doctor’s fix to avert a 27% cut in Medicare reimbursement rates. In exchange for this cave, Harry Reid will appoint conferees to go into negotiations on [...]

The Conference Committee Option: A Way Out on the Payroll Tax Showdown?

By: Wednesday December 21, 2011 8:15 am

National Journal’s Major Garrett sketches out a possible scenario for an acceptable endgame to the payroll tax fight. House Republicans see the futility of fighting President Obama the week before Christmas and agree to the Senate’s two-month payroll-tax cut extension on one condition: Senate Democrats agree to go to conference on a full, one-year payroll [...]

Reid Has No Plans to Appoint Conferees on Payroll Tax/UI Legislation

By: Tuesday December 20, 2011 8:15 am

The House has begun voting on a series of Parliamentary measures on the payroll tax deal, where they will try to reject the deal by voting Yes on a conference committee to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the bill. Harry Reid reiterated today that he has no interest in appointing conferees: Senate Majority [...]

Continuing Resolution to Attach to “Minibus” Appropriations, Pass This Week

By: Monday November 14, 2011 10:55 am

OK, mystery solved. Over the weekend I was stumped with how Congress would handle the expiring continuing resolution that funds the government. Friday was the deadline, and there was seemingly no activity to suggest that anything would be done to extend the CR. But finally, we have learned the plan: the CR will attach to [...]

Levin Warns Not Enough Time to Conference and Pass Defense Bill with DADT Repeal

By: Thursday December 9, 2010 9:30 am

Just getting to an agreement and a vote in the Senate on the defense authorization bill, which has the legislative repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in it, is not enough to send it along to the President. The House passed its own version of the bill way back in the summer, and it’s markedly [...]

FinReg Will Become Law as Early as Thursday

By: Tuesday July 13, 2010 10:21 am

Multiple outlets, but led by Jane Kleeb at Bold Nebraska, have confirmed that Ben Nelson will support the financial reform bill. It’s unclear what Nelson got in exchange for his support, but that was a pretty quick turnaround. Maybe Harry Reid told him that his objection to no Senate input on the head of the [...]

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