Patty Murray Continues To Run From Her Own Budget Deal

By: Thursday December 19, 2013 5:34 am

The Ryan-Murray budget deal is heading to President Obama’s desk after having passed the Senate. It is nothing to be proud of. A point that Senator Patty Murray herself has made repeatedly. Murray claimed during the legislative process that the bill – despite being flawed – needed to pass in order to prevent another shutdown [...]

Ryan-Murray Budget Deal Passes Senate Hurdle

By: Tuesday December 17, 2013 9:57 am

The truly horrendous Ryan-Murray budget has passed the Senate clearing the way to fully pass Congress this week. The deal┬árestores war spending to astronomical levels while cutting federal pensions and raising airline fees. In other words, cash for defense contractors and groin kicks for the middle class. Tuesday’s vote overcame a Republican filibuster attempt that [...]

Tea Party Furious Over War Industry Patronage In Ryan-Murray Budget

By: Thursday December 12, 2013 5:57 am

Progressives are not the only ones disgusted by the ludicrous military spending in the Ryan-Murray budget deal. Yesterday Rick Santelli – whose outburst over government assistance to homeowners is alleged to have started the Tea Party – hosted David Stockman, the former Office of Management and Budget Director for the Reagan Administration. In a rant [...]

Ryan-Murray Budget Deal Announced To Remove Defense Cuts

By: Wednesday December 11, 2013 5:56 am

Representative Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray announced a budget deal yesterday. The deal replaces $63 billion in sequester cuts over two years and cuts an additional $23 billion in long term deficits. The deal will restore defense spending. The funding comes from increased fees for air travel and cuts to federal worker pension programs. [...]

Democrats Adamant on Senate Version of Violence Against Women Act

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 10:58 am

Among the loose ends for Congress before the election is the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Though you would think this would be a no-brainer, it got caught up earlier this year in a partisan controversy. Republicans objected to provisions that would have expanded the anti-domestic violence protections to tribal land, undocumented immigrants [...]

Senate Democrats Holding Firm on Strategy to Let Bush Tax Cuts Expire, Come Back in 2013

By: Wednesday July 18, 2012 6:59 am

It’s with some pride that I note the current strategy from Senate Democrats to let the Bush tax cuts expire and then, if necessary, come back with a more progressive tax cut later. I was calling for this in 2010, and pretty much nobody agreed, save for perhaps Tom Udall (D-NM). Two years later, it [...]

Murray Amendment to Request Study on Trigger Cuts Passes in Farm Bill

By: Friday June 22, 2012 6:17 am

The Senate did pass the farm bill yesterday, but included in the package was an amendment from Patty Murray that will force the executive branch to give more information on how they plan to handle the automatic cuts scheduled for the end of the year. And importantly, that directive does not just go to the [...]

Democrats Plan Vote on Blunt Amendment, to Trap Republicans in Their Birth Control Rhetoric

By: Friday February 24, 2012 9:35 am

Senate Democrats plan to allow a vote next week on an amendment to the surface transportation bill by Republican Roy Blunt, which would expand “conscience protections” in the Affordable Care Act. While Blunt views it as giving religiously affiliated employers the ability to opt out of coverage where they have a moral objection, which has [...]

Senate Democrats, EMILYs List Stand Up for Universal Access to Birth Control

By: Wednesday February 8, 2012 12:14 pm

As a kind of counterpoint to House Speaker John Boehner’s vow to legislate away the Administration’s regulations on universal access to birth control, including for certain religiously affiliated institutions, five Senate Democrats will “reaffirm their commitment to ensuring that women have access to the full range of preventative health services covered under the Affordable Care [...]

Women’s Rights Advocates in Congress Quiet on Plan B Decision

By: Friday December 9, 2011 7:37 am

I’d like to say that the decision on restricting access to Plan B has led to a backlash in Washington. I’d like to say that female and male legislators alike lambasted the decision, which will result in more unwanted pregnancies and more abortions because paternalistic policymakers didn’t want to feel icky. But the headline “Plan [...]

Defense Industry Gives Top Super Committee Democrat An Award

By: Wednesday September 14, 2011 11:01 am

Based on the inability to agree to basic mathematical facts about our budget, the deficit, and the options for the future, it would be easy to have no confidence whatsoever that the Super Committee will manage to get anything done in its short time frame. They cannot even figure out what baseline to work off, [...]

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