The Pileup Behind the Fiscal Slope, and the Consequences of Inaction

By: Friday December 21, 2012 7:03 am

Say what you will about the 2010 deal to extend the Bush tax cuts, which helped to set up what we’re seeing this month. But there was definitely a virtue in getting it done by early December, allowing for a productive lame duck session that repealed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, passed the New START arms [...]

While Nobody Was Looking, Congress Did Nothing Again This Week

By: Friday November 16, 2012 1:25 pm

It’s anybody’s guess where the fiscal slope talks are going after today’s leadership session, but today marks the end of the first week of the lame duck session in Congress. What exactly got done? Well, the Senate confirmed a director for the FDIC for the first time since Sheila Bair left 16 months ago. The [...]

Lame Duck Congress Has Lots of Work to Do Even Without Fiscal Slope

By: Friday November 9, 2012 7:45 am

Among the many other reasons not to engage in a grand bargain during the lame duck session is that Congress actually needs to get busy with other matters. For a variety of reasons, mainly that they’re not good at their job, Congress left a multitude of items on the table for the lame duck, many [...]

Congress to Hightail it Out of Washington With Major Priorities Unfinished

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 6:54 am

Congress is in session this week for the final time this year before the election. I sort of shrugged this off as fairly typical for an election year, but it’s not. Usually, Congress stays in session until about a month before the election. Here they’re leaving with seven weeks to go. The do-nothing Congress has [...]

Democrats Adamant on Senate Version of Violence Against Women Act

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 10:58 am

Among the loose ends for Congress before the election is the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Though you would think this would be a no-brainer, it got caught up earlier this year in a partisan controversy. Republicans objected to provisions that would have expanded the anti-domestic violence protections to tribal land, undocumented immigrants [...]

Congressional Gridlock Starting to Have Impact

By: Thursday May 31, 2012 9:40 am

I’ve spilled a lot of e-ink about the fiscal cliff, that looming set of expiring measures at the end of the year that will have a serious impact on fiscal policy, spending and taxes going forward. But there are quite a few policies that either expire or are urgently needed well before the end of [...]

Blue Slip Issue Leads to Democratic Conundrum on Violence Against Women Act

By: Monday May 21, 2012 12:52 pm

House Republicans believe that a technical error in the Senate’s handling of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act allows them to reject that bill, giving them a tactical advantage as the long-running skirmish nears an endgame. Brian Beutler reports that the House GOP determined that the Senate version of the bill had a [...]

Yesterday’s Congressional Embarrassments, Explained

By: Thursday May 17, 2012 7:13 am

Let’s recap one of the more pathetic days in a pathetic Congressional session. In the House, voting concluded on the GOP version of the Violence Against Women Act, a real marker into the rightward shift of that party. On previous occasions with GOP control of Congress, VAWA was reauthorized without incident. This time around, however, [...]

Administration Threatens Veto for House Version of Violence Against Women Act

By: Wednesday May 16, 2012 8:57 am

Today the House votes on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. This reauthorization has already passed the Senate with 68 votes, but the House version cancelled several protections Senate Democrats added, to apply domestic violence protections to Native Americans, undocumented immigrants and LGBT families. This has drawn a veto threat from the White House, a [...]

Republican Kamikaze Legislative Strategy Now Includes Objections to Violence Against Women Act

By: Thursday March 15, 2012 7:35 am

Continuing their winning string alienating half of the population, Republicans in the Senate are objecting to the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act. The fight over the law, which would expand financing for and broaden the reach of domestic violence programs, will be joined Thursday when Senate Democratic women plan to march to the [...]

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