Senate Dems on Catfood Commission Like a Rorschach Test

By: Wednesday August 10, 2011 6:50 am

I think there’s reason to be happy about the three selections by Harry Reid for the Catfood Commission II, and there’s just as much reason to be skeptical. All three are on the record for a balanced deficit solution – so is the public, incidentally, because no other option has really been put before them [...]

Meet Your Catfood Commission, Senate Dem Edition: Murray, Kerry, Baucus

By: Tuesday August 9, 2011 2:48 pm

Via everywhere, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has chosen Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA), John Kerry (D-MA) and Max Baucus (D-MT) for the Super Congress, the bipartisan committee charged with finding at least $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction over the next 10 years. They will make up 1/4 of the 12-member committee: the other Majority and [...]

Baucus, Conrad Reportedly Not Serving on Catfood Commission II

By: Tuesday August 9, 2011 6:17 am

I was fairly certain that the Catfood Commission II, the new bipartisan supercommittee of 12 that will find at least $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction recommendations, which will then get fast-tracked through Congress, would be referred to colloquially as the “Conrad-Ryan Commission.” The heads of the Budget Committees of each house of Congress would get [...]

Debt Limit Negotiation Walkout Was Planned, Republicans Say

By: Friday June 24, 2011 7:35 am

The showy move by Eric Cantor Рand Jon Kyl Рto walk out of the Biden debt limit talks was a planned event, prepared for weeks as an ostentatious way to force the President into the negotiations. “There have been discussions about when these talks need to end and when the Speaker and the [...]

Baucus Gives Away the Game: Medicare Cuts in Debt Limit Deal

By: Thursday June 23, 2011 11:37 am

Max Baucus, a participant in the now-stalled debt limit talks led by Joe Biden, told the Senate Finance Committee that the new “grand bargain” in the deal, what Eric Cantor balked at and left to John Boehner to authorize, is a swap of Medicare cuts for tax increases. “I’m disappointed that Leader Cantor’s withdrawn,” said [...]

Vote to Accelerate Withdrawal From Afghanistan Gets 204 Votes in the House

By: Thursday May 26, 2011 12:32 pm

Work on the National Defense Authorization bill in the House wrapped up today, and there were high points and low points. Among the lows was that House members voting against stripping the “forever war” provision from the bill, essentially a reauthorization of the AUMF, by a 234-187 margin (20 Democrats voted against that, by the [...]

Democrats Unleash Plan to Cancel Big Oil Tax Subsidies

By: Tuesday May 10, 2011 12:05 pm

Democrats unveiled their legislation to repeal Big Oil tax subsidies today, giving the high-profile legislation to three Senators with elections next year in tough states (Claire McCaskill, Sherrod Brown and Jon Tester) along with Bob Menendez, who appears to be the point person on oil-related issues in the caucus. Given that he was so successful [...]

Senate Will Vote on Crippling EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulations

By: Wednesday April 6, 2011 10:29 am

The House will vote on a meaningless bill today to basically destroy the EPA as we know it. But the Senate has been puzzling over how to react to said meaningless bill for months. There are Democrats – led by Jay Rockefeller – who want a kinder, gentler version of EPA destruction, blocking its ability [...]

When All You Have Left Defending You Is Max Baucus

By: Thursday February 3, 2011 11:05 am

Virtually every time that Republicans or the Obama Administration talk about working together, they specifically cite the South Korea free trade agreement as a point of covergence. The agreement, modified by Obama’s negotiators last year but substantially similar to the corporate-written agreement originally negotiated under George W. Bush, looks like it’s on a glide path [...]

Baucus Balks at Korea Trade Deal; Claim of Job Growth Questioned

By: Wednesday December 8, 2010 12:45 pm

Let’s move out of the tax-cut frying pan and into the South Korea free trade agreement fire. The Wall Street Journal says that KORUS, which is the nickname the White House has been using for the deal, is picking up support. But the first piece of their article concerns how Max Baucus, the chair of [...]

A Lump of Coal: Extended Unemployment Benefits Will Expire Today

By: Tuesday November 30, 2010 1:37 pm

Max Baucus just got around today to introducing a one-year extension of unemployment benefits, at a one-time cost of $56.4 billion dollars. Baucus did not offset the bill (though isn’t that equal to the cost of the federal employee pay freeze over ten years, and less than canceling ethanol subsidies, FWIW). And that’s because he [...]

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