Cruz Plan Not Backed By GOP Senate Leadership

By: Tuesday September 24, 2013 5:55 am

Senator Ted Cruz’s plan to filibuster attempts to modify the House Continuing Resolution bill to include funding for Obamacare will not be supported by GOP Senate leaders. Without the support of fellow Republicans a filibuster would become impossible to sustain and the Democratic majority in the Senate will therefore be able to amend the House [...]

Don’t Look Now, But Here Comes the Debt Ceiling

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 8:30 am

The Treasury Department estimates that the US will reach its debt ceiling by the end of this year. However, they still have an array of extraordinary measures that gave them about three months of headroom after hitting the limit in 2011. The Treasury said Wednesday it could take “extraordinary measures” to juggle the nation’s finances [...]

Low-Productive Congress Finishes Spending Bill, Beats War Drums With Iran on Way Out the Door

By: Monday September 24, 2012 6:19 am

The Senate passed, by a 90-1 count, an “Iran containment” resolution that creates that “red line” Benjamin Netanyahu pleaded for recently. And, it puts the red line for Iran’s nuclear program at a nuclear capability rather than a nuclear weapon, a shift from current Presidential policy.

Reid Calls Out Scott Brown for Trying to Duck MA-Sen Debate With Elizabeth Warren Tonight

By: Thursday September 20, 2012 1:41 pm

There’s a debate scheduled tonight in Massachusetts between Sen. Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren, in that hotly contested Senate race (C-SPAN will cover it at 7pm ET). But it may not have come off all, if you believe Harry Reid’s statement just now on the Senate floor. Here’s what Reid just said, in reaction to [...]

House Passes 6-Month Continuing Resolution to Fund Government

By: Friday September 14, 2012 6:57 am

The House passed a six-month spending bill that will keep the lights on in government agencies until March 2013. Democrats and Republicans made a bet that the next Congress will find more favorable terrain for them, and kicked any contentious spending issues into it. They may do the same on the fiscal cliff, but there’s [...]

Congress Close to Passing Budget Stopgap as Fiscal Cliff Looms

By: Monday September 10, 2012 10:17 am

Congress comes back for what promises to be a quick mop-up session before the election. The main items of business include two expiring authorizations, one for farm programs and the other for the federal budget. The former is up in the air; on the latter, the House and Senate are closing in on a deal [...]

Tentative Deal Reached to Fund Government Through March 2013

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 12:15 pm

Following up on a previous item, Congressional leaders have indeed agreed to a 6-month stopgap spending bill to avoid a government shutdown at the end of September. The emerging deal is a sharp contrast to previous occasions when House Republicans used the approach of a spending deadline to insist on deep spending cuts in exchange [...]

Bravely Bold Conservatives Running Away on Budget Stopgap

By: Thursday July 26, 2012 8:15 am

House conservatives are running away from one spending fight, asking Eric Cantor to schedule a vote on a stopgap spending bill that would push any budget fight well into 2013. The request would not change the host of fiscal battles expected in the lame duck session; the trigger cuts and the Bush tax cuts would [...]

Republicans May Have Trouble Getting Continuing Resolution for Budget Passed

By: Tuesday July 17, 2012 11:06 am

Stan Collender, one of Washington’s major budget guru, reports that even getting the basic business of Congress done by pre-election deadlines could prove impossible. The basic issue here is that the current budget runs out on September 30. Given the election year, nobody expects a new budget deal by that deadline. However, to keep the [...]

Slight Movement But No Resolution in Omnibus, Payroll Tax Fights

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 10:56 am

Let’s try to get our heads around what’s happening in the government shutdown/payroll tax cut/unemployment insurance Congressapalooza fight: • The House seems prepared to move forward on their omnibus spending bill, passing it and throwing it in the Senate’s lap. However, they will need to pass it entirely with their own members, because Nancy Pelosi [...]

Government Funding Bill Expected By End of Week

By: Monday December 12, 2011 10:28 am

Congress has apparently decided that it can only deal with one major fight at a time. At the same time that the parties jockey over whether to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance, at the end of this week the current continuing resolution to fund the government expires. Currently only one-quarter of the [...]

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