Domestic Policy in 2011: Republicans Made Strides on Long-Term Goals

By: Friday December 23, 2011 11:49 am

With the passage of the payroll tax/UI stopgap, that basically closes the books on 2011 from a legislative standpoint. And in many of the year-end reviews, I gather you’re going to see some retroactive praise for President Obama, and how his Administration was able to hold off legislative gains from the other side. An exemplar [...]

Republicans Getting Credit in Media for Thinking About Doing Their Jobs

By: Friday October 14, 2011 10:16 am

Yesterday the House GOP continued its bold jobs agenda by passing a bill to ban abortion coverage in the health insurance exchanges. But on a parallel track, Republican leaders are also bringing forward additional measures that have a jobs component. House Republicans are doing an about-face, breathing life into expensive legislation long considered dead in [...]

Labor/HHS Appropriation Shows Next Stage of Congressional Budget Fight

By: Friday September 30, 2011 6:18 am

While the first battle of the Fiscal Year 2012 budget ended without incident, the next one is shaping up to be a larger struggle. Rather than an across-the-board haircut, Republicans will insist on designating particular appropriations for certain amounts of money, as long as the total hits the $1.043 trillion cap. And that means that [...]

OMB Plans to Stretch FEMA Funding to the Next Showdown

By: Wednesday September 28, 2011 11:01 am

Congress narrowly avoided the potential crisis of a government shutdown, because FEMA found enough funding to last through Fiscal Year 2011, which ends this week. This eliminated the need for emergency 2011 funding, which was attached to a continuing resolution to fund the government. So they dropped that funding along with the offset that was [...]

Democrats Preserve Principles, Republicans Cave on Continuing Resolution and FEMA Funding

By: Tuesday September 27, 2011 6:20 am

As I reported during last night’s live blog, the Senate reached agreement on a Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government, including reduced emergency funds — but without offsets — through November 18.  The agreement averts for now the threat of a government shutdown.  The Senate approved the CR by a vote of 79-12, and [...]

Shutdown Fears Rise as House Passes CR That Cannot Pass Senate

By: Friday September 23, 2011 6:20 am

The House of Representatives passed their continuing resolution to fund the government for the first part of fiscal year 2012, and the odds of a government shutdown increased. Think that doesn’t logically follow? Think again. You’ll recall that the House was stymied on the first go-round with this CR, which will fund the government until [...]

Democrats Win a Round, Stop House CR with Offset Disaster Relief

By: Wednesday September 21, 2011 4:57 pm

The House failed to pass a stopgap continuing resolution to fund the government today, as Democrats mostly held together to reject the bill, which included a cut to a clean vehicles loan guarantee program to offset disaster relief funding. The reason that the minority Democrats had leverage at all was because House conservatives refused to [...]

The Government Shutdown Possibility Nobody’s Talking About

By: Tuesday September 20, 2011 10:59 am

Harry Reid made some news in his opening remarks, showing that there’s a ton of brinksmanship yet to be played that could move the country in a very real way toward a government shutdown in two weeks. The bird’s-eye view is this: Congress will not be able to get its Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations done [...]

House Republicans Face Difficulty With Omnibus Spending Bill

By: Monday September 19, 2011 8:55 am

Instead of harping on deficit plans and jobs bills that probably won’t happen, let’s take a look at the 2012 spending bill which must. In two weeks, the fiscal year 2011 ends, and FY2012 begins. There is no way that all 12 federal spending bills will be passed by that time; in fact, only one [...]

House GOP Considers Omnibus Spending Bill for FY2012

By: Friday September 16, 2011 9:30 am

After saying for months that Democrats failed to pass a budget and that the “grown-ups” in the House would do their job and get all the appropriations bills out of their chamber, now the House GOP leadership is recognizing that this will all go down better with an omnibus at the end of the year. [...]

Tom Coburn Poised to Shut Down FAA Again

By: Thursday September 15, 2011 7:35 am

The attempt to meet looming deadlines and avoid shutdowns of part (or all) of the government resembles the aftermath of a car wreck right now. It’s unclear whether the Senate can move the broken-down vehicles off the road in time to let the traffic move through. Here’s what’s going on. The FAA authorization runs out [...]

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