Today on the Fiscal Slopes

By: Thursday December 6, 2012 7:13 am

Here’s that discharge petition that Tim Walz put together in an attempt to bring the Senate-passed tax bill to the House floor, the one that extends Bush-era tax rates on the first $250,000 of income. Right now it has the support of 178 Democrats and no Republicans. It’s a chore figuring out which 13 Democrats [...]

Pelosi Threatens Discharge Petition to Force Tax Bill to House Floor

By: Friday November 30, 2012 12:56 pm

Since returning to the control of Republicans, the House has returned to the “Hastert rule,” (named for the former House Speaker, Denny Hastert) where only legislation that has a majority of votes among the majority, rather than a majority of votes overall, will get a vote on the floor. The Senate’s tax bill, which extends [...]

Senate Passes China Currency Bill

By: Wednesday October 12, 2011 7:04 am

While the American Jobs Act failed a cloture vote last night, the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act passed the Senate on a final vote.  That bill would allow the Commerce Department to target currency manipulators like China with tariffs proportional to their currency manipulation if industries or unions file complaints.  And it would force [...]

Letter Opposing Social Security Benefit Cuts Up to 55 House Members, More Fireworks Planned

By: Monday September 20, 2010 2:04 pm

Brian Beutler notes that Raul Grijalva’s letter opposing any benefit cuts to Social Security has the support of 55 House Democrats, with more expected before tomorrow’s circulation deadline. But this could just be a first step. I reported earlier this month that other options beyond a letter have been under discussion in the caucus: An [...]

support firedoglake
Follow FDL News Desk