Payroll Tax Cut Deal Could Get Vote in Both Chambers Today

By: Friday February 17, 2012 7:40 am

The House has released the conference report for the payroll tax cut agreement. It’s pretty much what we heard last night. The plan is for both the House and Senate to pass the conference report today, so that both chambers can go out on recess next week. This violates the House rule of having 72 [...]

Deal on Payroll Tax/UI Bill To Get Vote Within Days

By: Thursday February 16, 2012 6:28 am

Negotiators say they have a deal on a $150 billion bill to extend the payroll tax cut, some unemployment insurance benefits and the “doc fix” to the end of the year, a bill that will sacrifice some health care prevention money, several weeks of unemployment eligibility, and at the very end, pension contributions for new [...]

House GOP Year-End Bill a Christmas Tree of Ideology

By: Saturday December 10, 2011 2:02 pm

The House released their version of a year-end bill to extend unemployment benefits, a payroll tax cut and a “doc fix” to avoid a 27% cut in Medicare reimbursement. A look at the various elements of the bill make clear that Republicans have little interest in passing anything through Congress. The bill, written by House [...]

Spectrum Sale in Debt Limit Bill Raises Questions

By: Thursday July 28, 2011 11:34 am

One of the more confusing pieces of Harry Reid’s debt limit deal is the plan to sell publicly held spectrum for wireless broadband use. First of all, this plan is not all that new. The White House announced it last June, planning to make 500 MHz of spectrum available over the next ten years. At [...]

CBO Analysis of Reid Plan Shows It’s Even More Similar to Boehner’s

By: Wednesday July 27, 2011 6:50 am

We now have a CBO report on Harry Reid’s plan, and what once again sticks out is the extreme similarities with John Boehner’s. Remember that the Boehner plan had discretionary spending caps, a “Super Congress” committee to recommend deficit reduction, spending on program integrity for several programs, increases in Pell grants offset by student loan [...]

Specifics in Debt Limit Deal Pretty Minor

By: Monday May 16, 2011 11:37 am

The Biden debt limit talks seem to be moving toward some specifics, based on published reports. They are in line with what Eric Cantor offered a couple weeks ago when he essentially gave up on moving Medicare in the direction of the Ryan budget. People familiar with the negotiations led by Mr. Biden say they [...]

White House Plans Explosion in Mobile Broadband by Making Spectrum Available

By: Tuesday June 29, 2010 6:15 am

Yesterday, the President issued a memorandum making available 500 MHz of spectrum over the next ten years, to be offered at auction for wireless broadband services. It’s part of the implementation of the national broadband strategy laid out by the FCC in a policy document earlier this year. McClatchy has a report: The president’s plan [...]

Broadband For America: A Look at the FCC Plan

By: Tuesday March 16, 2010 12:10 pm

The FCC wants to bring high-speed broadband to 90% of American homes by 2020. And they plan to raise overall speeds from the pathetic bitrate of today, 18th among industrialized nations, to a future of 100 million homes receiving at least 100 mb/s of data. These are the highlights in the FCC’s national broadband plan. [...]

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