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 [...]

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. [...]

Last Stop Before Shutdown Gulch

By: Tuesday April 5, 2011 6:22 am

Today is essentially a deadline for reaching agreement on a plan to fund the government without a shutdown. Sure, a weekend shutdown wouldn’t affect many people, and you could put Monday on a contingency. Also, the Republican “rule” of 72 hours’ notice before voting on legislation has already been broken this year. But as long [...]

Republicans Balk at Budget Deal with Days Until Government Shutdown

By: Monday April 4, 2011 1:49 pm

You could sense that talks on a budget deal were hitting a wall, but now Susan Crabtree elaborates on that. Now Republicans are backing out of the deal on the baseline level of cuts: “Despite attempts by Democrats to lock in a number among themselves, I’ve made clear that their $33 billion is not enough [...]

Republicans Go Back to Appropriations to Find More Spending Cuts

By: Thursday February 10, 2011 12:02 pm

The disconnect between the Republican leadership and the rank and file over the size of spending cuts the continuing resolution for the rest of Fiscal Year 2011 is part kabuki but also part of a real dispute. Indeed, Republicans elected in 2010 did run on an immediate $100 billion reduction in spending in this calendar [...]

Round and Round She Goes – Lobbyists Return to Government

By: Friday December 10, 2010 9:27 am

I mentioned in yesterday’s Roundup that incoming Republicans have hired a bunch of lobbyists, and I also mentioned Peter Orszag’s new job at Citigroup. Fittingly, Jack Lew CAME from Citigroup (with a stint at the State Department in between) to replace Orszag at OMB. There have been more twirls of the revolving door in recent [...]

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