Senate Passes Indefinite Detention Limitations Amid Various Interpretations of the Statute Language

By: Friday November 30, 2012 12:17 pm

Depending on who you believe, the Senate either voted today to limit indefinite detention practices or voted to allow those limits to be determined by the executive branch. You may need a degree in linguistics to figure this one out. First, here’s the basics of what happened: The Senate voted late on Thursday to prohibit [...]

House Passes Bloated Defense Authorization Bill Despite Veto Threat

By: Friday May 18, 2012 12:55 pm

The House has passed this year’s defense authorization bill which departs from last year’s debt limit deal by adding $8 billion above spending targets set for the military, and by replacing the defense side of the automatic “trigger” cuts with cuts from elsewhere in the budget. The final vote was 299-120, with 77 Democrats supporting [...]

White House Threatens Veto of Cantor Tax Cut Bill, As Duel of Tax Proposals Begins

By: Wednesday April 18, 2012 8:19 am

The White House is on a veto spree today. They threatened to veto the House’s new 90-day surface transportation extension because it includes a quick approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Without an explicit veto threat, they “oppose” any version of a cybersecurity bill that violates user privacy (more on that later). And they threatened [...]

House Transportation Bill Draws White House Veto Threat

By: Wednesday February 15, 2012 8:18 am

The White House formally threatened a veto of the House version of a surface transportation bill, opening the question of whether any long-term bill will get signed before March when current funding on roads and bridges expires. There are currently different versions of the surface transportation bill moving through each chamber of Congress. The House [...]

Russia Will Not Approve UN Resolution on Syria Without Assurances Against Military Action

By: Wednesday February 1, 2012 12:32 pm

The Russian ambassador to the United Nations refuses to sign on to a Security Council resolution on Syria, and because Russia has veto power, that would effectively scuttle it. But what’s interesting here is the Russian demand that the resolution rule out military action: Russia said on Wednesday it would veto any U.N. resolution on [...]

President Will Not Veto Defense Authorization Bill, Despite Detention Provisions

By: Wednesday December 14, 2011 1:32 pm

After its FBI Director told Congress that the revisions to the defense authorization bill did not satisfy his concerns with the bill, the White House issued a statement of Administration policy saying that they would not veto the bill, despite an earlier threat. Here’s the statement from the Press Secretary. We have been clear that [...]

After FBI Director Testimony, Veto of Defense Authorization Bill Appears Likely

By: Wednesday December 14, 2011 11:32 am

It really looks like the White House is prepared to veto the defense authorization bill, adding on to Congress’ woes at the end of a tumultuous year. FBI Director Robert Mueller testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning, and he declared the defense authorization bill, which contains provisions essentially mandating indefinite military detention of [...]

House Passes Ideological Payroll Tax Cut Legislation

By: Wednesday December 14, 2011 6:23 am

The House passed its payroll tax cut Christmas tree of a bill yesterday, with a minimal amount of defections from the conservative wing of the caucus. The final vote was 234-193. Fourteen Republicans voted against the measure, while ten Democrats (Barrow, Boren, Boswell, Braley, Cardoza, Donnelly, Loebsack, Matheson, Ross, Walz) voted for it. I’m sure [...]

House-Senate Agreement Reached on Omnibus Spending, Defense Authorization Bills

By: Tuesday December 13, 2011 7:01 am

Two major year-end pieces of legislation were readied yesterday, and in this case, House and Senate negotiators reached agreement on the measures, expecting to pass them by the end of the week. First, appropriators agreed to a $1 trillion omnibus spending bill covering the rest of the fiscal year (to September 30 of next year) [...]

Britain Vetoes EU Treaty on Fiscal Consolidation

By: Friday December 9, 2011 7:02 am

Earlier in the week, I wrote about how David Cameron wanted to use his leverage as a non-Eurozone member of the EU to wring concessions as a condition of signing treaty changes. At the EU summit, he presented his aims: basically, softening a financial transaction tax that the other countries in Europe want, and other [...]

Senate Republicans Block Second Dem Payroll Tax Cut Package

By: Thursday December 8, 2011 12:52 pm

Making an obstructionism exacta today, Senate Republicans defeated the motion to proceed on a second payroll tax cut bill by a 50-48 count. The roll call is here. Joe Manchin and Bernie Sanders crossed the aisle to vote with all the Republicans. Sanders opposes the measure because another year of payroll tax cuts threatens Social [...]

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