Obama Rejects GOP’s One-Week Stopgap, Path to Shutdown Clear

By: Tuesday April 5, 2011 11:40 am

In a press announcement that basically signaled an imminent government shutdown, President Obama announced that his Administration would not support the one-week stopgap with $12 billion in cuts readied by House Republicans. “There’s no excuse to extend this further,” the President said in an appearance in the White House briefing room. “We will not put [...]

Congress News: NPR Defunding Passes House, Afghan Withdrawal Gets 93 Votes, Second Stopgap Passes

By: Thursday March 17, 2011 1:36 pm

A couple updates on various legislation in Congress. The House of Representatives passed their bill defunding NPR today by a 228-192 vote. One Republican, Justin Amash (R-MI), voted present, and seven Republicans voted no (Duffy, Gibson, Hanna, LaTourette, Reichert, Tiberi, Woodall). Not one Democrat voted for the bill. The full roll call is here. The [...]

House Passes Another Stopgap Funding Bill

By: Tuesday March 15, 2011 1:20 pm

This theory that the House of Representatives would somehow not past a short-term spending bill they initiated was easily put to rest today, when they passed the bill 271-158. Democrats theoretically could have stopped the bill by voting en masse against it, but 85 of them broke ranks. 54 Republicans voted against the bill. The [...]

Republican Fringe Balking at Short-Term Stopgap Part of Their Strategy

By: Tuesday March 15, 2011 7:20 am

The House will vote today on a three-week stopgap spending bill that will cut about $6 billion in spending, entirely from programs either discontinued in President Obama’s 2012 budget or in Democrats’ continuing resolution offer for 2011. There will be an hour of debate and no amendments, though probably House Democrats will try a motion [...]

Deja Vu: Agreement Reached on Another Short-Term Stopgap With Cuts

By: Friday March 11, 2011 1:26 pm

The President said today that he would probably have to live with another short-term funding measure while negotiations continued on a solution for funding the rest of the fiscal year. Given that neither party really wants to see a government shutdown, and that Republicans think this whole short-term thing is working well for them, it [...]

Republicans Ready Three-Week Stopgap With $6 Billion More in Cuts

By: Friday March 11, 2011 7:30 am

Republicans have hit on a pattern they think works for them, with regard to the budget. If a deal cannot be reached a week or so out, they ready a temporary stopgap that includes some spending cuts. And only spending cuts to that discretionary non-security budget – nothing else is on the table. This gives [...]

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