House Still Deadlocked on Transportation Bill With Deadline Nearing

By: Wednesday March 28, 2012 7:35 am

We are four days away from the expiration of the surface transportation bill, and Congress looks no closer to actually getting an extension done. The House adamantly won’t pass the bipartisan Senate bill, but they also can’t seem to pass their own short-term extension: House Republicans on Tuesday failed for the second time in as [...]

Democrats Bicker on American Jobs Act

By: Thursday September 15, 2011 6:55 am

Weekly unemployment claims spiked up again today, and the NY Fed’s survey of regional manufacturing, a key indicator of the economy, was down sharply relative to expectations. This is a crisis time in the economy, and big solutions are needed to arrest the slide. The American Jobs Act isn’t perfect, but it would improve the [...]

House Democratic Frustrations Boil Over

By: Friday August 19, 2011 12:15 pm

I have heard about a growing discontent inside the Democratic House with the President. This has started to bubble to the surface. Here’s Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA): U.S. House Rep. Maxine Waters is asking black voters who are struggling with an unemployment rate nearly twice the national average to “unleash” her and other members of [...]

Populist Democrats Lose in Effort to Delay Leadership Elections

By: Wednesday November 17, 2010 10:21 am

In a press conference outside the House Democratic caucus meeting, four members discussed their effort to delay leadership elections for a month, in a potential rebuke to Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Ultimately, leadership beat this back by a 2-to-1 margin (129-68 in a secret ballot), and leadership elections will be held today. All leadership members from [...]

Key Stupak Bloc Member, Brad Ellsworth, Reportedly A Yes

By: Friday March 19, 2010 2:20 pm

Greg Sargent reports that Brad Ellsworth, a key potential member of the Stupak bloc, is a yes on health care. Another big get for Dems: Rep Brad Ellsworth, a former Yes vote who shared the concerns of the Stupak dozen and was intensely wooed by both sides, will vote Yes on the Senate bill, his [...]

DeFazio’s Objections Could Set Off Other Members

By: Friday March 19, 2010 8:57 am

I don’t take Peter DeFazio’s carping about the health care bill entirely seriously. But his substantive argument – that Democratic leaders took out a Medicare reimbursement measure that would have changed geographic disparities – could shift other members of the caucus: “Unless they put that back in, I can’t support it,” Defazio said, referring to [...]

Peter DeFazio: “I think the Senate bill is a disaster.”

By: Wednesday January 13, 2010 3:00 am

Democrats in the House of Representatives yesterday soundly criticized a health care reform bill they felt was being imposed on them by the Senate, and if they are to be believed, the chances for a smooth reconciliation and passage of a finished product is far from assured, and perhaps on life support. Mike Stark, FDL’s [...]

Financial Transaction Tax Introduced

By: Thursday December 3, 2009 7:56 am

Under the title of the “Let Wall Street Pay for the Restoration of Main Street Act of 2009,” Democrats in the House and Senate are introducing a bill today to raise $150 billion dollars annually through a small 0.25% tax on financial transactions. Reps. Peter DeFazio and Ed Perlmutter are the main sponsors in the [...]

The Growing Progressive Backlash Against The Obama Economic Team

By: Sunday November 22, 2009 4:15 pm

Since Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) called for Timothy Geithner and Larry Summers to step down this Wednesday, the question has become a part of the political conversation. Republicans predictably took the opportunity to attack the Obama economic team, but progressive Democrats have started to get the question as well, a sign of things to come. [...]

Peter DeFazio: Geithner and Summers Should Be Fired

By: Wednesday November 18, 2009 3:37 pm

A huge statement tonight – Peter DeFazio, a Democrat from Oregon and one of the chairs of the Populist Caucus in the House, just called for the firing of Timothy Geithner and Larry Summers, saying that Barack Obama’s economic team is failing him. He said that there’s a “growing sense” in the caucus that a [...]

The Jobs Bill: What Will It Fund? How Will It Be Funded?

By: Wednesday November 18, 2009 9:00 am

Following up on yesterday’s item, House leaders continued to discuss a jobs bill. Reuters gave a list of potential programs to be targeted. Top lawmakers are looking at a variety of options, including road construction, tax breaks and assistance to hard-pressed state governments which could create jobs but also worsen budget deficits in the short [...]

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