A Look at the Ryan Budget

By: Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:35 am

The Ryan budget has appeared as a chairman’s mark. It’s a long document written in Congress-ese, but I’ve already gone over some of the main points. Here are a couple other tidbits: • The coverage of the trigger cuts for 2013, incorporated into this document, are unformed and will be the work of six committees. [...]

Pfeiffer Expects “Confrontation” with Republicans on Spending

By: Thursday December 23, 2010 7:05 am

White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said on an end-of-the-year conference call yesterday afternoon that “we’ll see confrontation on spending issues” in the next Congress, vowing that the President will fight efforts to cut budgets by 20% in areas like education. Acknowledging that “the toughest fights on the most difficult issues are ahead of us,” [...]

“Responsible” Obama Administration Doesn’t Think Federal Employees Facing Pay Cut Will Leave to the Private Sector

By: Monday November 29, 2010 11:30 am

On a conference call just now, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer and U.S. Chief Performance Officer and the Office of Management and Budget’s Deputy Director for Management Jeffrey Zients defended the White House’s proposed pay freeze for federal employees from the charge that this will drive talented workers out of government as they see [...]

White House Health Proposal – The Politics

By: Monday February 22, 2010 8:02 am

So what to make of this new health care proposal from the White House? Well, certainly it’s an indication that they’ve built a plan to do two things – 1) move using the reconciliation sidecar approach and 2) force the Republicans into making bad choices. Most everything in the White House summary would be germane [...]

The White House’s “Not In Anger But In Sorrow” Response To The Shelby Hostage Crisis

By: Friday February 5, 2010 11:13 am

The White House has gotten a hold of Richard Shelby’s ransom note, and communications director Dan Pfeiffer has penned a sad elegy to the days of bipartisan comity. Yesterday, just hours after the Senate voted 96-0 to confirm Martha Johnson as the Administrator of the GSA after a pointless 9-month delay, we learned that Sen. [...]

White House Finally Launches Broadside At Dick Cheney And GOP

By: Wednesday December 30, 2009 2:49 pm

We were waiting for this. Maybe it was because of one more fundraising letter referencing the failed underpants bombing. Maybe it was because public enemy number 1 Dick Cheney opened his yap. For whatever reason, the White House finally pushed back strongly against the politicized attacks in the wake of the Christmas Day incident. You [...]

Pfeiffer Touts Interstate Insurance And National Health Plans Like They’re Good Things

By: Saturday November 28, 2009 2:52 pm

Dan Pfeiffer has become something of a blogger/communications director at the White House, often posting rebuttals to various commentaries or news items. Today he took aim at a Charles Krauthammer column which criticized the health care reform bills, and in so doing touted some really pernicious elements of them.

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