Republicans Can Also Opt Out of Exchanges, Force Defunding for Federally Administered Ones

By: Tuesday July 3, 2012 10:55 am

I believe that the ability for Republicans to undermine the Medicaid expansion in the health care law is really terrible, because this is one of the few unquestionably good parts of the legislation. But it’s worth noting that Republicans have plenty of opportunities to undermine the rest of the law too, even if they never [...]

House Republican Version of Payroll Tax Legislation Littered with Poison Pills

By: Wednesday December 7, 2011 6:14 am

The House is in no hurry to deal with extending the payroll tax. They won’t take a vote this week, and they’re only scheduled to be in session for one more week until the Christmas break. And it’s not just the payroll tax that needs to be dealt with. There’s the funding of the government, [...]

Multiple States Pass Bills Defunding Planned Parenthood

By: Monday June 27, 2011 2:19 pm

Despite the struggles of the Great Recession and the need for jobs, Republican legislatures across the country have engaged in a concerted effort to legislate a woman’s right to choose. There is settled case law that abortion is a legal medical procedure in the United States, and yet several states have banned late-term abortions after [...]

White House Fails to Persuade Democrats on Libya

By: Friday June 24, 2011 8:15 am

Democrats heard a pitch from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday on supporting the Libya operation. They were not enthused. Even the argument that Republicans wouldn’t challenge a president of their own party the same way didn’t carry much sway. “The president has not developed strong relationships with members of Congress that would allow members [...]

House Will Vote on Limiting or Ending Funding in Libya

By: Monday June 20, 2011 6:50 am

This could be a consequential week for the President’s war in Libya. The House of Representatives will vote on limiting or ending funding for the military operation, and given the rising anger on both sides of the aisle about the abuse of war powers it just might pass. Last week, Representative Dennis J. Kucinich, Democrat [...]

Walker Threatens More Layoffs If Anti-Union Bill Not Implemented

By: Tuesday April 12, 2011 1:57 pm

With the anti-union bill tied up in court, Scott Walker just isn’t getting the fiscal benefits he hoped would balance his budget from forcing municipalities to cut public-sector wages. So he’s back to threatening layoffs again. Gov. Scott Walker says he may have to again consider laying off state employees if his collective bargaining law [...]

Pelosi Introduces Short-Term CR Until March 31

By: Saturday February 19, 2011 7:28 am

Late last night, the House passed their continuing resolution to fund the government for the rest of Fiscal Year 2011, which cuts over $60 billion from the discretionary budget over the next seven months, and includes a host of ideological measures, including bids to defund the FCC’s net neutrality plan, EPA greenhouse gas regulations, and [...]

Multiple Angles to Spending Debates in Congress

By: Friday January 21, 2011 9:29 am

The showdown over spending in the new Congress is proving to be quite fascinating, with mini-dramas on all sides. It’s important to keep in mind with all of this, however, that these debates concern real people and real jobs. As we know, there are roughly three hostage-taking events for Republicans to use to force massive [...]

Health Care Repeal Passes, Now the De-Funding Strategy Begins

By: Thursday January 20, 2011 6:00 am

In case you missed it, the House passed their health care repeal PR stunt, 245-189. Only three Democrats – Mike Ross, Mike McIntyre and Dan Boren – broke with their party on the vote, far less than expected. This puts the Republicans 45 votes short of a 2/3 majority needed to override a promised veto, [...]

Republicans Plan to Use More Resolutions of Disapproval Next Year

By: Monday December 27, 2010 9:52 am

Brian Beutler reports on an expected increase in the Congressional Review Act in the next Congress. Lisa Murkowski actually used the CRA for a “resolution of disapproval” of EPA regulations on greenhouse gases earlier this year, but could not get 51 votes. That would have been sufficient, however, as resolutions of disapproval cannot be filibustered. [...]

Repealing Health Care Nearly Impossible, But That’s Not the Point

By: Thursday November 4, 2010 1:24 pm

Mitch McConnell thinks the GOP has a winner with repealing health care, and he plans to play on the offense as much as possible. The problem is that he remains the Minority Leader of the Senate, and the head of the relevant committee is a Democrat. And Tom Harkin’s not about to touch repeal. Sen. [...]

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