Senate Plan for Dueling Debates on Spending Proposals Scotched

By: Tuesday March 8, 2011 10:36 am

The Senate planned to vote today on competing budget plans for the rest of the fiscal year. The Democratic plan adds an additional $6.5 billion in cuts to the $4 billion in cuts passed last week as part of a two-week stopgap. The Republican plan is HR 1, which passed the House and included $61 [...]

Biofuel, Coal-State Dems Beg for Scraps for Industry in Future Energy Bills

By: Friday February 4, 2011 11:28 am

Democratic Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tim Johnson have taken up the call from President Obama in the State of the Union of a clean energy standard, while calling it a renewable energy standard. Klobuchar and Johnson will introduce legislation on an RES, but she praised the CES idea. In addition, their bill from last year, [...]

Now Obama Administration Decides to Promote Energy Agenda

By: Friday January 28, 2011 11:23 am

In a case of bad timing, the White House plans to sell their energy agenda next week, at a time when that agenda has no chance to pass Congress. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and other administration officials will meet with business owners at an event Monday where the White House will launch its “Startup America” [...]

Saturday Session: Decision Day for DREAM Act, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

By: Saturday December 18, 2010 7:10 am

The Senate is in session right now, with votes scheduled to start at 10:30am ET. Cloture on the motion to concur on the DREAM Act is first. If that fails, the Senate will move to cloture on a motion to concur on repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Last night, the Senate passed a House bill [...]

Pelosi and Obama Endorse Standalone DADT Repeal

By: Friday December 10, 2010 7:49 am

Nancy Pelosi released a statement last night on the failure of the defense authorization bill, which included a legislative repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. She also said that she would work to pass a stand-alone legislative repeal by the end of the legislative session: “Since the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ has broad [...]

Scott Brown Announces Support for Repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

By: Friday December 3, 2010 11:01 am

Scott Brown announced his support for repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell today, consistent with the position of the broader military. “I pledged to keep an open mind about the present policy on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Having reviewed the Pentagon report, having spoken to active and retired military service members, and having discussed the matter [...]

Conservative Democrat Manchin All Over the Place on Health Care

By: Monday September 27, 2010 10:44 am

I’ve heard some liberal commentators comfort themselves with the idea that the most likely Democratic incumbents to lose in November are Blue Dogs, and as a result the Democratic caucus will have a tighter, more ideological profile. That may be true in the House, but in the Senate, there are races like the one in [...]

Tax Battle Shows Conservative Democrats Being Conservative Democrats

By: Thursday September 16, 2010 9:04 am

I think the lesson of the tax debate as it’s playing out in Washington is that we have a working conservative majority in the United States Congress, one that will only get more conservative after the elections this year. Maybe a majority of the Democrats in the House and Senate believe that taxes on the [...]

WV-Sen: After Getting Law on Her Behalf, Capito Decides Not to Run

By: Wednesday July 21, 2010 8:16 am

Shelley Moore Capito, the House Republican from West Virginia who, under the special election law to replace the late Robert Byrd could have run for her House seat and a Senate seat at the same time, has decided not to use that privilege, according to sources with the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake. This virtually assures [...]

Manchin, As Expected, to Run for WV-Sen Seat

By: Tuesday July 20, 2010 8:03 am

Joe Manchin, the Governor of West Virginia, officially announced he will run for Senate in the just-finalized 2010 special election for Robert Byrd’s old seat, moments after singing the bill setting the terms of the election. Manchin was apparently so set on getting the election in November 2010 that he gave in to all Republican [...]

WV-Sen: The Democratic School for Negotiating to Get What Your Opponent Wants

By: Tuesday July 20, 2010 6:15 am

I mentioned this in yesterday’s Roundup, but I’m still marveling at it, just as an example of how not to run a negotiation. Democrats in West Virginia originally wanted to follow the law by waiting until 2012 for a special election to replace the late Robert Byrd. Republicans howled about the deception of an interim [...]

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