Romney Supports Branding China a Currency Manipulator in Economic Plan

By: Wednesday September 7, 2011 7:00 am

Speaking of jobs plans, Mitt Romney released his yesterday (if you want the nickel version, read this USA Today op-ed). Aside from the factual errors, in general, it’s a boilerplate document, with the same low taxes, deregulation and union busting that has characterized the modern Republican Party for decades. It’s a laissez-faire program from the [...]

Hoyer: “We Don’t Have to Raise Taxes”

By: Tuesday August 30, 2011 10:10 am

Considering what happened at the end of last year with the Bush tax cuts, considering that the centerpiece strategy of the jobs agenda could be a payroll tax cut, I don’t think that this needed to be said by Steny Hoyer. There just isn’t a lot of distance between the parties on taxes. Maybe there [...]

Obama About to Speak on Debt Limit Crisis

By: Friday July 29, 2011 7:25 am

The President is about to speak before the nation “on the status of the debt limit negotiations.” You can watch it live here. Earlier today, in a speech on the floor of the Senate, Harry Reid said he would introduce his version of a debt limit bill today, unable to wait for John Boehner any [...]

Boehner Doesn’t Have the Votes to Pass His Own Debt Limit Plan

By: Tuesday July 26, 2011 11:03 am

John Boehner’s plan for raising the debt limit, which would lead to “the greatest increase in poverty and hardship produced by any law in modern U.S. history” according to one budget analyst, cannot pass the House of Representatives because it’s not conservative enough, according to the chair of the Republican Study Committee, Jim Jordan (R-OH). [...]

Debt Limit Talks Don’t Move an Inch

By: Tuesday July 12, 2011 6:28 am

I don’t know if this is the kind of headline Barack Obama was wishing for when he laminated his first Hope poster, but he’s sure got the papers singing his tune: Obama Grasping Centrist Banner in Debt Impasse President Obama made no apparent headway on Monday in his attempt to forge a crisis-averting budget deal, [...]

Hoyer Asks Democrats to Vote Against Debt Limit Kabuki

By: Tuesday May 31, 2011 12:30 pm

In the matter of a few hours, we’re going to see a farce, or a kabuki dance if you prefer, go down in the House of Representatives. They will vote on a bill to raise the nation’s debt limit by $2.406 trillion, one called up under suspension of the rules, meaning that it requires a [...]

Hoyer: Medicare Up for Discussion in Grand Bargain Talks

By: Tuesday May 24, 2011 11:52 am

Steny Hoyer confirmed today what was already reported by several outlets, that the Biden debt limit talks today will take a look at Medicare. After arguing that Democrats made significant headway toward extending Medicare’s solvency with the health care law, Hoyer said, “Do I believe that there are other things we can do related to [...]

Feingold Blasts Specific Defenders of Secret Corporate Campaign Spending

By: Tuesday May 17, 2011 11:37 am

Russ Feingold may be well-positioned to return to the US Senate if he chooses, now that Herb Kohl has retired. A normal politician in that position would not make waves with any party leaders, or take up principled causes where both parties have failed. Feingold is not that normal politician. The Hill reports that he [...]

Ranking the Threats to the Safety Net

By: Tuesday May 10, 2011 2:37 pm

Max Baucus just shut the door on Social Security cuts. And given the posture of everyone in this negotiation, I’d say that pretty much ends that threat in the short-term. In the long-term, these things are always vulnerable because you have at least one political party with their knives out for the social safety net. [...]

Democrats: Boehner Not in Control, Conservative Hardliners Want to Impose Social Agenda

By: Thursday April 7, 2011 1:28 pm

The House passed a one-week stopgap spending bill today, despite a veto threat from the White House. This is a vehicle for Republicans to claim that they did their best to fund the government, but it cuts funding not agreed to by negotiators by $12 billion, and includes unrelated policy riders on abortion funding for [...]

Hoyer Continues to Keep Retirement Age Increase “On the Table”

By: Wednesday February 9, 2011 11:51 am

Richard Shelby came out yesterday and said that we should raise the retirement age “every several years,” which is a great way to eliminate both Social Security and people who have to work into their 70s and 80s. I know that in Shelby’s mind we’re all days away from becoming cyborgs who can resist any [...]

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