Democratic Leadership Vote To Continue Spying On Americans

By: Thursday July 25, 2013 6:08 am

In a close vote yesterday in the House, 205-2017,  a bill to stop NSA spying on Americans and roll back the Patriot Act was defeated. Part of the reason for the defeat was the House Democratic Leadership who voted for continued spying on American citizens, even though many made public statements condemning the Patriot Act. [...]

Hoyer Pushes Plan to Pass Obama Offer With Bipartisan Mix

By: Friday December 21, 2012 11:39 am

So Democrats have reached the bargaining phase of the fiscal slope debacle. It’s hard to say whether they’re pushing this because they think they have an opportunity to avoid the austerity bomb or because they know they have no partner on the other side, but either way, the result is the Democratic leadership, at least [...]

Pelosi to Speak to House Democrats Amid Rumors That She Will Step Down From Leadership

By: Tuesday November 13, 2012 7:45 am

Former House Speakers don’t typically spend a lot of time in Congress after their ouster. Nancy Pelosi felt she had a chance, aided by the coattails of the President, to win back the House in 2012. It turns out that the Democrats picked up, if all the current too-close-to-call races hold, eight seats. Key states [...]

Democrats Figuring Out How to Accept “Concessions” in Spending in Exchange for Inevitable Tax Hikes

By: Friday September 21, 2012 10:55 am

Republicans want to use the tax issue as a election tactic, and that’s really the substance of these remarks in the Washington Post claiming that taxes will go up if President Obama wins a second term. But there is some reality behind them. If Obama wins, the Senate will have already passed a bill to [...]

Hoyer Backpedals on Raising Eligibility Ages

By: Friday March 9, 2012 8:15 am

Steny Hoyer, talking to reporters, categorically denied that he ever suggested an increase in age eligibility for federal benefits. But there is documented evidence to the contrary. Hoyer said in this roundtable with reporters: In a roundtable with reporters in his Capitol office, Hoyer said the group’s still a long way from achieving broad consensus, [...]

The Secret Austerity Society: Bipartisan Group Works on Grand Bargain

By: Sunday March 4, 2012 4:20 pm

Here we go again. Intransigence from Republicans basically kept us out of a grand bargain last year. Plenty of Democrats were willing to do it, the White House was more than willing to do it, and even John Boehner was willing to do it, at least on a conceptual level. But House Republicans wouldn’t betray [...]

Steny Hoyer’s Push to Ruin Everything

By: Monday February 27, 2012 11:04 am

In the aftermath of a horribly bruising debt limit deal and the Occupy movement, the focus in Washington shifted away from deficits and back to the economy, jobs and income inequality. But as a reminder that social movements must be constant and vigilant, one powerful Democrat, in association with a DC lobbying group, wants to [...]

Payroll Tax/UI Bill Still Mired in Negotiations Over Pay-Fors

By: Wednesday February 15, 2012 10:59 am

There is less optimism now over the prospects of a deal wrapping up on the payroll tax cut, unemployment insurance and a doctor’s fix on Medicare reimbursement rates than there was this morning. Leading House Democrats exhibited caution over declaring a deal done. “We’re still a long ways from getting there,” said Rep. Xavier Becerra [...]

House GOP Walks Out on Attempt to Call Up Senate Payroll Tax Deal

By: Wednesday December 21, 2011 10:55 am

I haven’t seen Republicans mismanage the public relations of one of their schemes this badly in quite a while. Check out this scene on the House floor from today. During a pro forma session designed to block recess appointments (streams crossing), Steny Hoyer asks for unanimous consent to bring up the Senate two-month stopgap on [...]

Bipartisan Pols Tell Super Committee to “Go Big” on Deficit Reduction

By: Wednesday November 16, 2011 12:55 pm

Over 100 members of the House and Senate, from both parties, tried to line themselves up on the sorrowful side of the failure of Super Committee today, holding a press conference urging a big deficit deal. Never mind the fact that a big deficit deal wouldn’t pass Congress. Never mind the fact that most of [...]

The Government Shutdown Possibility Nobody’s Talking About

By: Tuesday September 20, 2011 10:59 am

Harry Reid made some news in his opening remarks, showing that there’s a ton of brinksmanship yet to be played that could move the country in a very real way toward a government shutdown in two weeks. The bird’s-eye view is this: Congress will not be able to get its Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations done [...]

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