White House Issues Veto Threat on Boehner Debt Limit Plan

By: Tuesday July 26, 2011 1:33 pm

The White House offered a brief riposte to John Boehner’s two-stage plan to raise the debt limit and cut the deficit. Here it is in its entirety: STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY S. 627 – Budget Control Act of 2011 The Administration strongly opposes House passage of the amendment in the nature of a substitute to [...]

Boehner Thinks It’s a Good Time for Symbolic Balanced Budget Amendment Votes

By: Friday July 15, 2011 10:30 am

Putting aside Barack Obama for a second, where are the Republicans on the debt limit talks right now? We know Mitch McConnell’s position, essentially a surrender. But with the spending cuts and commission processes tacked onto it, it starts to look like a surrender in the other direction. No matter, though: Jim DeMint will work [...]

Republicans On the Anti-Tax Ledge

By: Thursday July 7, 2011 9:30 am

Here’s just another reason why I’m not buying this about-face from Republicans on $1 trillion in tax increases, which would be needed to secure the “going big” deal hoped for by Barack Obama. If you open your Wall Street Journal editorial page, as I’m sure you do every day, you will see an op-ed by [...]

Tom Coburn Gets Vote on Eliminating Ethanol Subsidies Tomorrow

By: Monday June 13, 2011 9:35 am

In the new Senate, when we’re not in an endless quorum call we’re using amendments to tack on major legislation to innocuous bills. The handshake agreement between Democrats and Republicans at the beginning of the year traded less filibusters on the motion to proceed with more leeway on amendments. As a result, Republicans still filibuster [...]

Debt Denial Reaches Logical Conclusion: Just Stop Paying People Republicans Don’t Like

By: Thursday May 26, 2011 1:10 pm

While some in the GOP ranks are still trying to play both sides of the street on the debt limit, demanding spending cuts as a condition of passage while reassuring Wall Street that default is not an option, there are definitely some in the Republican caucus who really have no problem with default. In fact, [...]

Tea Party Pushing Even Jim DeMint to the Right

By: Friday January 28, 2011 12:58 pm

Dave Weigel has a pretty good take on the role of the tea party within the larger Republican structure, one that progressives have yet to impose on the Democratic Party. Simply put, the Tea Party activists move the goalposts to the right. Witness this activist pushing on Jim DeMint – Jim DeMint! – from the [...]

More Republicans Vow Showdown on Debt Limit

By: Monday January 3, 2011 8:04 am

I don’t think calling a debate over the debt limit “insanity” will call off the Republicans from engaging on that debate. They know perfectly well that they have a couple opportunities to force spending cuts, and they’re already preparing the ground by making outlandish claims about $200 billion in government waste (waste is the last [...]

9-11 Bill Imperiled By Coburn Stalling Tactics

By: Wednesday December 22, 2010 9:45 am

Chuck Schumer ran his mouth on Morning Joe and gave the impression that the 9-11 health care bill was a done deal. It’s not. There’s no specific timetable for a vote; Schumer said there would be one at noon and we’re well past that, with no sign of calling the question. In fact, Tom Coburn [...]

The Intricacies of the Omnibus Spending Bill

By: Thursday December 16, 2010 10:10 am

The omnibus spending bill is rife with interesting backstories and competing agendas. It’s clear to me that Jim DeMint’s pressure to read the full omnibus, which stands at over 1,900 pages, has three parts: 1) to cement his standing with the Tea Party against “pork” and really spending in general; 2) to run out the [...]

Votes In Hand for DADT Repeal as Murkowski, Scott Brown Pledge Support of Standalone

By: Thursday December 16, 2010 9:02 am

Lisa Murkowski will support repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy and specifically, the standalone bill that executes the legislative repeal, according to her spokesman. Murkowski’s spokesman specifically references the passage of the tax cut bill and the “glide path” to funding the government as clearing the way for support. “Sen. Murkowski will [...]

DeMint Caves, Won’t Force Reading of New START

By: Wednesday December 15, 2010 12:30 pm

Jim DeMint decided against forcing a reading of the new START treaty on the floor of the Senate. He’s hilariously trying to spin this as a victory because Harry Reid delayed the opening of the debate one day. “Senator DeMint opposes ramming the controversial START Treaty in the lame duck session. After Senator DeMint asked [...]

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