Senator Durbin Joins Call To Stop TPP Fast Track

By: Monday February 17, 2014 11:51 am

Senator Dick Durbin has joined Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in opposing fast track trade authority for the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) as well as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Durbin’s opposition could signal the beginning of the end for the agreements as now prominent Democratic leaders in both the Senate and House are [...]

Democrats Opening The Door On Cuts To Social Security

By: Monday October 21, 2013 5:43 am

You would think after winning the shutdown and debt ceiling battle Democrats would press their advantage, instead they seem to be volunteering cuts to Social Security as a solution to a future budget deal. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin went on Fox News to promote a deal that would cut Social Security in exchange for [...]

Durbin Offers Medical Device Tax Repeal To End Shutdown

By: Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:26 am

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin is offering a concession to Republicans in hopes of ending the shutdown. The concession, a repeal of the medical device tax, would be acceptable if it was offset by other revenue. Medical device companies have considerable influence in DC and lobbyed for a repeal of the tax on their products [...]

Medicare Eligibility Age Increase Rejected By Obama Allies

By: Monday December 10, 2012 6:16 am

Staffers in this White House in particular float trial balloons on a continual basis on virtually every issue of importance to gauge public response, and the whole point of that exercise is to actually respond to it rather than not take it seriously. And if that’s the case, and the eligibility age conversation represented a trial balloon, I think we can say it’s been effectively and efficiently popped. Because over the weekend, Dick Durbin, perhaps the closest US Senator to the White House, criticized the idea.

Durbin Outlines Democratic Approach on Grand Bargain

By: Tuesday November 27, 2012 11:33 am

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), who has almost become the liaison to the left for cuts to federal health care programs in the grand bargain, gave a speech today at the Center for American Progress that included a couple important points: • Durbin sequenced the provisions of the deal, saying that Republicans would have to build [...]

Democrats Angling to Ignore Base in Fiscal Slope Deal

By: Tuesday November 27, 2012 7:45 am

I again think gridlock is the best ally of anyone who would rather not see a bad deal on social insurance put together. Clearly Democrats are dying to knife their base. What’s more, gridlock would put Democrats in a better position, particularly on taxes, because of what automatically results after January.

The Norquist Rebellion: Not Actually News

By: Monday November 26, 2012 7:00 am

The big story I’m supposed to chase today concerns Republican legislative figures distancing themselves from the Grover Norquist pledge, opening the door a crack to increases in tax revenue. This is really a Washington process story about lobbying power rather than a legitimate policy evolution, however. Who are these rebels, anyway? Here’s a roster. You [...]

Schumer’s Gambit: Ending the Tax Reform Con, Ending the Grand Bargain?

By: Tuesday October 9, 2012 10:42 am

Here’s some additional analysis of Chuck Schumer’s big speech to the National Press Club that really disrupted any effort to put together a grand bargain on tax and fiscal policy issues. Here’s the key point: Schumer said tax reform should be rooted in three principles: First, reduce tax deductions and loopholes while protecting those most [...]

Key Senators Hard at Work on Three-Stage Grand Bargain Rocket

By: Tuesday October 2, 2012 6:40 am

Paul Krugman looked past the election yesterday and toward its aftermath, framing the election as a referendum on the social safety net and warning Democrats not to take the wrong lesson. Here’s the reason he felt the need to do that. Jonathan Weisman’s lead story in today’s New York Times puts together the three-stage process [...]

29 Dem Senators, Including Reid and Schumer, Sign Letter Opposing Social Security Cuts

By: Thursday September 20, 2012 2:49 pm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his top lieutenant Chuck Schumer joined 29 Senate Democrats in all, pledging to oppose any cuts to Social Security inside a broader deficit package. Several model deficit reduction packages, like the Bowles-Simpson recommendations, included cuts to Social Security benefits in the form of changing the calculation of the cost [...]

Deficit Spending in a Recession is Responsible

By: Wednesday September 5, 2012 7:35 am

Above is an ad put together by Republicans to commemorate the reaching of $16 trillion in overall debt, a figure that’s supposed to frighten the public. It very skillfully uses President Obama’s debt trolling against him, including his invocation of debt being “irresponsible” and his worry about “lack of confidence” wrecking the economy if the [...]

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