Republicans Want Cuts in Short-Term Continuing Resolution

By: Tuesday February 22, 2011 8:32 am

You know that things are reaching a turning point on the government shutdown when you have reports of the White House making contingency plans. White House officials have begun reviewing the potential impact of a brief lapse in new government funding if Congress doesn’t pass a temporary spending measure by March 4, people familiar with [...]

Health Care Repeal Fails, But Senate Repeals 1099 Requirement

By: Thursday February 3, 2011 6:30 am

Last night the Senate rejected an attempt to repeal the health care reform law. However, what they did repeal – and more important, how they paid for it – provides a signal for how the deficit debate will go on Capitol Hill. And it’s not a particularly good signal. All Democrats voting held together against [...]

Lame Duck Update: Pigford/Cobell Settlements, OMB Director Lew Finally Approved

By: Friday November 19, 2010 2:08 pm

An update on the lame duck session, which will pause for the Thanksgiving holiday today, to return November 29: • Moments ago, the Senate finally approved funding for two long-standing settlements: $3.4 billion in the Cobell settlement for Native American trust account holders with the Department of the Interior, and $1.15 billion for black farmers [...]

Landrieu Takes Lew Nomination Hostage

By: Wednesday September 29, 2010 8:10 am

So just what the hell is going on with Mary Landrieu (D-offshore drilling rig off Louisiana coast), and her determination to put a hold on the nomination of OMB Director Jacob Lew, at a time when no spending resolutions have passed and the budget for fiscal year 2011 is in peril? It’s simple. She wants [...]

Jack Lew to Be Nominated As OMB Director

By: Tuesday July 13, 2010 9:10 am

Jack Lew, a former OMB Director in the Clinton Administration and currently a top deputy to Hillary Clinton at the State Department, has been nominated by the President moments ago to replace Peter Orszag as the current OMB Director. Lew served as OMB Director from 1998 to 2001. Here’s President Obama’s statement: “The experience and [...]

NYT: Peter Orszag Out As WH Budget Director

By: Monday June 21, 2010 7:57 pm

The New York Times cites an anonymous source saying that Peter Orszag will step down as the head of the Office of Management and Budget. Mr. Orszag, an economist who previously spent nearly two years as director of the Congressional Budget Office, somewhat reluctantly accepted Mr. Obama’s invitation to join the Cabinet after the 2008 [...]

Orszag Out?

By: Thursday April 22, 2010 9:20 am

Bloomberg reports that Peter Orszag is pretty set on leaving the cabinet, and that President Obama has appealed on him to stay: April 22 (Bloomberg) — White House Budget Director Peter Orszag was poised to become the first member of Barack Obama’s Cabinet to leave, as early as this summer. Then came an appeal from [...]

DADT Repeal Could Be In The Budget Because It Has A Budgetary Impact

By: Monday February 1, 2010 12:10 pm

I’ve gotten a bit of pushback for pointing out that the repeal of the military’s don’t ask don’t tell policy doesn’t appear in the FY2011 budget package. On a conference call just now, OMB Deputy Director Rob Nabors said that DADT “does not have a budgetary impact,” and is therefore not addressed in this budget. [...]

The Budget Non-Freeze Freeze, And Its Implications

By: Tuesday January 26, 2010 9:56 am

Even if you think that Congress will agree to every request by the Obama Administration on discretionary spending, which they won’t, the policy announced today on “freezing” the budget for these non-security related items doesn’t look like much of a freeze. Some discretionary programs can go up, others can go down. Overall outlays can still [...]

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