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FACT: Senate Democrats have blocked House Republicans’ bill to four times.
It is the Ryan / Murray compromise that House Republicans and Senate Democrats agreed to a year ago.
Spread the word: The time to defund is now. The Hill, New York Times, and Washington Post are all reporting that Speaker Boehner is "building support" for his favored response to President Obama's executive amnesty.and it isn't good. Boehner's plan appears to be (1) to call a vote on a symbolic rebuke of President Obama's amnesty, followed by (2) a vote to fund President Obama's amnesty. From the New York Times: "The proposal, presented by Speaker John A. Boehner, first calls for House Republicans to vote on a resolution proposed by Representative Ted Yoho, Republican of Florida, that says that the president does not have the power to take the executive action he took last month. The resolution, however, would largely be a way for House Republicans to express their displeasure with the president's immigration action. Mr. Yoho said that his measure would be a largely "symbolic message" if Senate Democrats do not take up his resolution, which they are unlikely to do." Yoho's bill is totally useless even if ...
House Republicans this... Senate Democrats that... Whatever happened to "We The People..." Have you noticed how much division we have in our world these days? Is it possible that it's part of the plan? HM?
House Republicans passed the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act in July, but Senate Democrats are blocking it.
Reminder: Senate Democrats already passed CIR. Boehner & his House Republicans refused to vote on it. 100% of the blame is…
If you want a good example of the difference between the two parties, look no further than the dueling prescriptions for dealing with the current crisis at our southern border. For those who want to believe that there is no difference between the two political parties, it's time to take off the blinders and quit drinking the Kool-Aid from Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and the POTUS. House Republicans released a list of recommendations yesterday largely focused on Border Security. Among their recommendations: Deployment of the National Guard, "aggressive messaging campaigns in originating countries and the U.S. to dispel immigration myths" (refuting Obama's rhetoric about "Dreamers") and speeding up hearings and deportations to days and weeks rather than months, years or never. They are proposing to spend $1.5 billion, offset with spending cuts. Senate Democrats offered a $2.7 billion bill with no policy changes that would allow for faster deportations. The Wall Street Journal notes that the Senate bill includ ...
FIRST HERE: Senate Democrats like something big that the House Republicans did.
OK, so now Senate Democrats are drafting a bill to override the Supreme Court decision on Hobby Lobby. So when the SCOTUS rules in your favor as in the Obamacare decision and House Republicans draw up repeal legislation that is wrong but you can bring up legislation to override a SCOTUS decision that is just fine. My God, Harry Reid and his ilk are the worst kind of politicians. I just can't wait to see the look on his face when the GOP takes back the Senate in Nov. Poor Harry will probably try to draw up some emergency legislation to override that. I hope he will resign soon after the way Gingrich did. Or better yet, just die Harry Reid. In the most painful, agonizing way. The world will be a much, much better place without you.
House Republicans are focused on POTUS & Senate Democrats are standing in the way.
For over 2,000 days the American people have been waiting for the jobs and economic growth that would accompany approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Finally, as we entered an election year and after years of silence on the issue, Senator Landrieu joined House Republicans in calling for the pipeline. However, Senate Democrats today proved that they do not stand with working Americans. Harry Reid's failure to move forward with a vote this afternoon proves that as long as he controls the U.S. Senate, our energy economy will suffer. I hope this setback does not deter Republicans in the House from continuing to advocate on behalf of the Keystone Pipeline.
Senate Democrats will propose global warming bills that'll never pass Monday. Ain't gridlock grand. House Republicans are thinking of making Major League Baseball's opening day a national holiday, which is the closest they'll ever get to immigration reform
Wal-Mart poised for Ford moment amid minimum-wage debate Sunday, February 23, 2014 BY RENEE DUDLEY, JEANNA SMIALEK AND SHOBHANA CHANDRA BLOOMBERG NEWS Wire Service * Raising the minimum wage could cost the discount giant $200 million, but also increase the purchasing power of its core shoppers In 1914, Henry Ford announced he was more than doubling the average wage of Ford Motor Co. factory workers to $5 a day, in part so they could afford a Model T. His act took the world by surprise, spurred auto sales and helped create an American middle class. One hundred years later, U.S. companies including Gap Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are caught up in the debate over raising pay — this time an increase in the federal minimum wage. President Obama and Senate Democrats want to raise it to $10.10 an hour from $7.25, saying doing so will bolster the economy and reduce income inequality. House Republicans and industry groups oppose the plan, deeming it a job killer. "When Henry Ford announced the 5-dollar-day, th ...
WASHINGTON -- Unwilling to *** the markets and divided among themselves, House Republicans backed away from a battle over the government's debt limit Tuesday and permitted President Barack Obama's Democratic allies to drive quick passage of a measure extending Treasury's borrowing authority without any concessions from the White House. The 221-201 vote came hours after Speaker John Boehner announced that his fractured party would relent. Just 28 Republicans voted for the measure, including Boehner and his top lieutenants. But 193 Democrats more than compensated for the low support among Republicans. Senate Democrats hoped to vote on the legislation as early as Wednesday and send it to Obama for his signature. The move was denounced by many conservative groups but came after most Republicans in the House made clear they had no taste for another high-stakes fight with Obama over the nation's debt ceiling, which must be raised so the government can borrow money to pay all of its bills. The bill would permi . ...
Senate Democrats and House Republicans are offering rival solutions on how to remedy California's drought.
House Republicans left Washington Thursday without a plan to lift the debt ceiling. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats are pretty clear in their position: They want a clean debt limit increase. The nation’s borrowing limit needs to be lifted by the end of the month — just seven legislative days...
2013 WAS THE MOST PARTISAN YEAR ON RECORD National Journal: "The year of the Government Shutdown was also the year that Republicans and Democrats voted among themselves like never before." House Republicans in 2013 voted with their caucus an average of 92 percent of the time, breaking the previous record of 91 percent in 2011, according to a new study from CQ Roll Call. The House GOP voted unanimously on party-unity votes—those that divided parties—35 percent of the time, also inching past the previous record of 34 percent in 2010. A look at the Senate offers a similar picture, but in reverse; Senate Democrats broke their previous record on party unity in 2013 when lawmakers voted an average of 94 percent with their caucus. Unanimous voting also reached a new high: the Democratic caucus voted unanimously 52 percent on party-unity votes, which shatters the record for either party in either chamber (the last high was 46 percent in 2011)." [National Journal
FARM BILL FINALIZED - House Agriculture chairman Frank Lucas has announced the farm bill conference committee is all done: "We are putting in place sound policy that is good for farmers, ranchers, consumers, and those who have hit difficult times. I appreciate the work of everyone who helped in this process. We never lost sight of the goal, we never wavered in our commitment to enacting a five-year, comprehensive farm bill. I ask my colleagues to join me in supporting its passage." The food stamp cuts, via Billy House: "One of the most contentious parts of the bill -- the amount of a cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps -- has been resolved with a compromise cut of about $8.7 billion to $9 billion over 10 years, according to aides to members of the committee." [National Journal] A $9 billion food stamp cut is twice what Senate Democrats approved, less than a quarter what House Republicans wanted. Shouldn't be hard to get that through both chambers.
Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., calls on Senate Democrats to pass a series of jobs bills pushed by House Republicans.
Only a special prosecutor can get truth about IRS abuse: "Bosserman should be removed from the IRS investigation without delay. And it is equally certain the investigation should be taken entirely out of the hands of Holder's Justice Department and placed with somebody from outside the executive branch such as a special prosecutor appointed by Congress. House Republicans should demand such an appointment, then leave it to Obama, Holder and Senate Democrats to explain to the American people why they shouldn't know the full truth about the most serious abuse of the IRS since Richard Nixon was in the Oval Office."
Obama: Will Not Negotiate W/Congress Over Raising Debt Ceiling President Barack Obama Friday again made clear that when the time comes in 2014 to extend the government's borrowing authority, he will not horse-trade with lawmakers over the need to raise the debt ceiling. "No we are not going to negotiate for Congress to pay bills that it has accrued," he told reporters. Speaking in his final news conference of the year before he departs Washington for the holidays, Obama praised the deal struck between House Republicans and Senate Democrats that provides some relief from the across-the-board budgets cuts known as the sequester, and was bullish on the outlook for the economy in 2014. "I hope that creates a good pattern for next year," he said, declaring his willingness to work on issues that have bipartisan support - such as immigration reform that could get done in 2014. With some softening of hostilities on Capitol Hill following the budget agreement, Obama said he can't imagine anyone would want a return ...
American Borders Will Be Changing An iron curtain is slowly descending around the borders of America. When it falls, some people will be shut in; others will be shut out. It will be up to bureaucrats and agents with guns to decide which one of those people you are. Changes in border policy are in the wind. On June 27th, 2013, the 1,300-page Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act passed the Senate and proceeded to the House of Representatives. Debate on the Act has focused on the path of citizenship being extended to the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in America. This is controversial because Republicans fear that the new Americans, and especially Hispanics, will vote Democrat in upcoming elections. Happily, the bill has stalled in the House. But one of the worst features of the Act has bipartisan support: namely, the ramping up of Border Security. (The security provisions were a cynical bribe to House Republicans by Senate Democrats who are far more interested in ...
The Patriot Post: Voice of Essential Liberty Subscribe to The Patriot Post Support the Patriot Fund Manage Your Subscription Monday Digest October 14, 2013 Print THE FOUNDATION "Sometimes it is said that man can not be trusted with government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others?" --Thomas Jefferson GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS Spending Deal Swamped by Senate 2013-10-14-75c92297.jpg Barack Obama's shutdown No one can accuse Senate Democrats of merely rejecting House proposals for restarting the government. The government will reach its debt limit Thursday, and for some reason Democrats think that's a good reason to increase spending. Over the weekend, they demanded that debt ceiling negotiations begin at pre-sequester funding levels. But the Senate couldn't even pass a bipartisan proposal from not-exactly-Tea-Party-extremist Susan Collins to maintain current spending levels until March with a debt limit increase good through January. House Republicans, meanwhile, weren't at all .. ...
SENATE DEMS GO OLD TESTAMENT: AN EYE FOR AN EYE Senate Democrats are hunting for six Republicans votes to help Majority Leader Harry Reid jam the GOP-controlled House. With debt-limit doom just three days away, Senate Democrats are still finding time to pay back the House for making the focus of the current fiscal fights all about ObamaCare. Rather than rush to a deal, the evident effort in the Senate is to make House Republicans gag on an increase in federal spending with zero concessions on President Obama’s health law. Democrats over the weekend dissed a plan from Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, to allow current spending levels to stay in place until March, while raising the debt limit through January. Collins’ plan would also have delayed for two years a new ObamaCare tax on medical devices and beefed up anti-fraud measures in the law. But Senate Democrats are not looking for a quick solution. They are looking to run out the clock and to punish Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and other conservatives for push ...
Daily Kos Recommended To kimberly_annKos Recommended Rev Kimberly-Ann, the Republican shutdown continues—with the debt limit deadline approaching. Check out these Daily Kos stories for all the latest news on the shutdown, and other issues: Koch brothers abandon Tea Party Government Shutdown strategy by Egberto Willies Obama invites all House Republicans to White House meeting, nearly all decline by Jed Lewison In pouting op-ed, Eric Cantor complains the mean black man is not giving Republicans enough respect by Hunter McDonald’s employee arrested for interrupting speech by McDonald’s USA President by Jen Hayden Jon Stewart heaps scorn on GOP for being COWARDS on shutdown by BruinKid Senate Democrats consider whether to save the national economy by going nuclear on filibuster by Joan McCarter GOPers willing to lose House in losing bid to kill Obamacare by kos John Boehner doesn’t have the confidence of the House by brooklynbadboy New report: North Carolina officials edited out information that Medi ...
International: WASHINGTON: Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial Government Shutdown as public esteem sinks for all players in the impasse, President Barack Obama among them, according to a new poll. It's a struggle with no heroes. The Associated Press-GfK survey, out Wednesday, affirms expectations by many in Washington — Republicans among them — that the Republicans may end up taking the biggest hit in public opinion from the fiscal paralysis, just as that party did when much of the government closed 17 years ago. But the situation is fluid nine days into the shutdown and there's plenty of disdain to go around. Overall, 62 per cent mainly blamed Republicans for the shutdown. About half said Obama or the Democrats in Congress bear much responsibility. Asked if she blamed Obama, House Republicans, Senate Democrats or the Tea Party for the shutdown, Martha Blair, 71, of Kerrville, Texas, said, yes, you bet. All of them. "Somebody needs to jerk those guys together to ge ...
WATCH LIVE: House Republicans blame Pres. Obama and Senate Democrats of not negotiating on funding bill
Well, okay. I've been keeping silent on the recent fiasco by House Republicans in hopes that it would all just go away. Apparently that's not going to happen. So let's consider what is happening. We basically have two things happening at the same time. First the federal budget has expired and the federal government is not authorized to continue spending because the previous spending authorization has elapsed. So the Senate has passed a "clean" Continuing Resolution, a temporary measure, which authorizes the federal government to continue spending at the previous year's level of spending until Congress manages to hash out what the budget is going to be for FY14. House Republicans, on the other hand, have passed a conditional Continuing Resolution which contains amendments that would defund the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to by Republicans as "Obamacare". Well, of course Senate Democrats are not going to agree to defund the ACA. They fought tooth and nail to get the *** thing passed origin ...
THE LIST: UNNECESSARILY SHUT DOWN BY OBAMA TO INFLICT PUBLIC PAIN Although Barack Obama’s chefs have been deemed “essential,” employees at the National Institutes of Health who offer last-chance experimental cancer treatments for children suffering from cancer have not. Worse still, House Republicans have offered to compromise with the president and single the NIH out for funding. The White House has threatened a veto. Using children sick with cancer as pawns is community organizing on steroids. And the media are covering for him. When the media thought they could emotionally blackmail the GOP with these sick children, telling their story was all the rage. Now that it is Obama and Senate Democrats wrist-flicking refusing treatment for these children, suddenly the media aren’t too interested in telling their story. There are many other examples of this president’s cold-hearted fanaticism and willingness to punish people for reasons that seem to have much more to do with spite than what is and is ...
1. Why did the government shut down? Congress has one key duty in the Constitution -- pass spending bills that fund the government. If it doesn't, most functions of government -- from funding agencies to paying out small business loans and processing passport requests -- grinds to a halt. But some services, like Social Security, air traffic control and active military pay, will continue to be funded. Oh, and Congress still gets paid, too. 2. Why does it have to pass a spending bill in the middle of the year? It may be the middle of the calendar year, but the government's fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30. 3. What was the holdup? House Republicans insist any new spending bill include provisions to either defund, derail or otherwise chip away at Obamacare. Senate Democrats are just as insistent that it doesn't. 4. How is Obamacare tied to the spending bill? The health care law isn't directly tied to funding the government, but it's being used as a bargaining chip. A group of Republicans, led b ...
House Republicans are working to give relief to the American people while Senate Democrats continue to refuse to negotiate. Watch my remarks in our Rules Committee last night regarding the bills we're brining forward this weekend and next week:
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Senate Democrats believe that they can use their leverage in the Government Shutdown to force House Republicans to solve the shutdown and the debt ceiling together.
OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN TODAY. This was in today's newspaper. It's a little scary to hear that the government that you rely on to "be there" is a lot less "there" for an indefinite period. Here's some of the FAQ's people want answers to: Washington -- The federal government will shut down today for the first time in 17 years after House Republicans and Senate Democrats failed to come up with a budget compromise. When the federal fiscal year ended at midnight, Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Burwell issued a directive to federal agencies to "execute plans for an orderly shutdown." About 800,000 of the 2.1 million federal employees nationwide will be furloughed as agencies cut back or close their operations. Here are the answers to 15 common questions about how the shutdown might affect you in Central New York: Will I receive my Social Security and Medicare benefits? Yes, benefits will continue to be paid throughout the shutdown. About 280 Social Security employees in 18 office ...
SHUT DOWN. Blaming House Republicans for the Shut-Down, Yet the Senate Democrats have NOT passed a budget in 5 years.”. …
Based on CNN and ABC/Washington Post polls, Americans blame House Republicans over Senate Democrats for the shutdown crisis. They have good reason to think so. The Senate passed a Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded that maintained the status quo. There was nothing that reversed the consequences of sequestration cuts, and it even cut $200 billion, or 17 percent, from the original proposed budget. Meanwhile, Cruz and House conservatives demanded a one-year delay of Obamacare just as the uninsured begin enrolling for healthcare on October 1. While House GOP insisted it was Harry Reid who refused to budge, Republicans have refused Senate Democrats’ requests to compromise repeatedly over the last year. Minutes before midnight, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) indicated he wanted to go to conference to address differences between the two budgets. However, Senate Democrats asked for a conference 18 times since April, only to be rejected every time.
Breaking News: Lawmakers miss midnight deadline to fund the federal government, triggering the start of a shutdown of all but essential services after House Republicans and Senate Democrats fail to resolve their differences over ObamaCare.
I have watched (You can ask my wife) the Senate and the house every day and night since Senator from Texas started the "Filibuster" and I have seen Three Amendments on Government funding from the House. All three were killed in the Senate. I did not see anything wrong with these Amendments and I read them online and now I say to Senate Democrats and House Democrats quit following and start leading. To the House Republicans and Senate Republicans to get a balanced budget like we had in 1995 under President Bill Clinton SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN!!!
** BREAKING NEWS: U.S. House approves budget measure with link to Obamacare changes House Republicans and Senate Democrats were locked in a war of wills Monday night that threatened to shut down the U.S. government and leave hundreds of thousands of federal employees furloughed. The Senate wants a "clean bill" to continuing funding the government after Monday, with no strings attached, while the House wants to tie any such "Continuing Resolution" to the defunding of the Affordable Care Act (AKA "Obamacare.") With a midnight deadline to take action or shut down the government, there appeared to be little chance of a deal. Follow along with CNBC.com's liveblog of events (all times ET) for all the minute-by-minute developments, and for more on the debate see the links below: 8:41: The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to approve a government funding bill that also delays portions of the Obamacare health insurance initiative. 8:30: More timeline, from NBC's Chuck Todd - the House is expected to get a sp ...
BREAKING NEWS: House Republicans on Sunday pushed through an amended spending plan that would delay Obamacare for a year and wipe out its tax on medical devices, increasing the chances of a Government Shutdown in less than 48 hours because Senate Democrats reject the move and the White House said President Barack Obama would veto such a measure.
The Government Shutdown is now 80 hours away and it is now looking increasingly more likely. The House convenes at noon on Saturday and they are expected to pass a Continuing Resolution calling for a one year delay of Obamacare. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) says the GOP is "wasting time because we will not compromise on anything connected to" Obamacare. President Obama has just finished speaking in the briefing room. He spoke to the Iranian president today and is willing to negotiate with the Islamic Republic, but not with House Republicans. Obama said the GOP must stop appeasing the Tea Party. He said if the government shuts down it will not impact the implementation of Obamacare. He said "This is political grandstanding . . We need to pass a budget and move on." He warned that military personnel will not be paid. Conservative radio host Dana Loesch accused him of "hiding behind the military in the fight for Obamacare. The real shutdown has occurred with Senate Democrats. House Republicans ha ...
It’s never been easy for House Republicans to raise the debt limit. They’ve used massive spending cuts to attract support. Earlier this year, they raised the nation’s borrowing limit with a stipulation that Senate Democrats would, for the first time in years, pass a budget or risk…
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"A balanced budget isn't unprecedented. President Bill Clinton worked with a Republican Congress to get it done. House Republicans' last two budgets balanced, too—albeit at a later date. But a balanced budget is still a noteworthy achievement, considering the competition. The recent debt-ceiling agreement forced Senate Democrats to write a budget this year, and we expect to see it this week. I hate to break the suspense, but their budget won't balance—ever. Instead, it will raise taxes to pay for more spending. The president, meanwhile, is standing on the sidelines. He is expected to submit his budget in April—two months past his deadline." -Paul Ryan
Other than Ryan's regressive budget, the other economic news out of Washington this week will be the President's intensifying efforts to strike a "Grand Bargain" with Republicans over the deficit. Tuesday he goes to Capitol Hill to meet with Senate Democrats; Wednesday, with House Republicans; Thursday, Senate Republicans and House Democrats. Here's the problem: (1) These moves will heighten public expectations of such a deal, thereby increasing the pressure on him to strike one. (2) Any such deal will be awful because House Tea Party Republicans, already crowing about the sequester and about to parade Paul Ryan's draconian budget, won't agree to anything remotely reasonable. (3) The President has already expressed a willingness to cut Social Security (the "chained-CPI" he's floated amounts to a real cut in future benefits) and to means-test Medicare (whose political popularity today rests on public belief it's not a program for the less fortunate but for everyone). (4) He got such terrible advice on the ...
Here is what the SJR. printed in the paper today about my schools performance last weekend. The Lincoln Land Community College Model Illinois Government team won the Outstanding Small Delegation award at the 35th annual Model Illinois Government simulation Feb. 28 through March 3 at the Illinois State Capitol. This was the fourth time in six years that LLCC won an outstanding delegation award.Team member Charles Ware of Springfield was honored as the Outstanding Freshman Delegate, selected from more than 230 delegates. He was also elected as Majority Whip in the Senate.Elected into various posts were Josh Scaife of New Berlin as Committee Spokesman for the House Republicans, Anthony Long of Springfield as Senate Minority Committee Spokesman, Brendon Little of Riverton as House Assistant Minority Leader, Travis Heller of Petersburg and Jacob Mitchell of Springfield as Committee Spokesmen for the Senate Democrats. Ben Shafer of Pleasant Plains served as an Office of Management and Budget Analyst.
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The $16 trillion debt is more than just a price tag. It's more than just a number that continues to rise under President Obama. It's a threat to the future of the next generation of Americans. Spending is the problem -- and House Republicans continue to urge the President and Senate Democrats to address our nation's out-of-control spending. More here:
Video on msnbc.com: President Obama is being criticized by Republicans that he's not doing enough to lead. Last Word guest host Ezra Klein argues, “We need more leadership from the House. We need House Republicans willing to compromise with Senate Democrats.”
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House Republicans have passed a plan to replace the President’s sequester twice. When will Senate Democrats propose an alternative?
Both Sen. Reid and McConnell will introduce pieces of legislation to replace the sequester. “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Thursday night that he and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would introduce a sequester replacements when the Senate returns from recess in 10 days…House Republicans, who voted twice to replace the sequester last year, have said it’s up to the Senate to initiate action now, but the Senate is in recess next week, leaving only one week for lawmakers to act.” Ramsey Cox in The Hill. There are now 4 big plans to stop the sequester. “Senate Democrats are proposing to cancel the $85.3 billion in sequester spending cuts for 2013 and replace them with a mix of spending cuts and tax hikes. How would they pay for this? For one, this plan would include about $27.5 billion in spending cuts. But rather than fall all at once, these would be spread out over time, starting at $3 billion per year in 2015 and rising to $5 billion per year by 2021.” Brad Plumer ...
President Obama insists that he’s prepared for a fight over the sequester with House Republicans. But his remarks read less like a politician scrapping for a fight than one who’s had a troubling moment of clarity: this was a trap, and he walked into it. Senate Democrats are scrambling to come up wit...
Obama wants the Congress to come up with a plan to stop the automatic cuts that will occur in March. Obama signed off on this plan in the summer of 2011. Not only signed off on it, he was the one who proposed the cuts: Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, says the sequester was President Obama’s idea: "He proposed it and he insisted it be a part of the 2011 debt limit deal. House Republicans have voted twice to replace the arbitrary and harmful sequestration cuts with targeted, common-sense spending reductions that do not threaten our national security. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats rejected those plans, offering no replacement solutions of their own. Refusing to consider reforms to the mandatory spending [on entitlements] that is driving our debt crisis, while using our troops as a piggy bank to keep unsustainable spending programs on life support, will have both fiscal and strategic consequences,” the statement continued. “We urge the President to le ...
The real "Fiscal Cliff" that Democrats are ignoring because no one will hold them accountable... “The CBO’s report is yet another warning that we need to get spending under control. The deficit is still unsustainable. By 2023, our national debt will hit $26 trillion. We can’t let that happen. We need to budget responsibly, so we can keep our commitments and expand opportunity. “Unfortunately, the President has yet to produce a budget—in violation of federal law. And Senate Democrats haven’t passed a budget in nearly four years. “This isn’t a partisan issue. It’s math. Unless the President and the Senate offer a credible plan to close the deficit, we will have a debt crisis—and the country will suffer. “House Republicans have offered their solutions. Now the President and Senate Democrats must do the same.”
I watched "Meet the Press" and would like to share some of my thoughts. I will paste a couple of things that were said and just think outloud. The first is the reading of what the republicans put forth regarding the debt ceiling; please read for yourself from Gregory's statement. GREGORY: Let me move on to the debt. This issue will continue so will the issue over the debt and Senator Cruz, House Republicans have taken a step back on this debt ceiling standoff. Should it be raised? This is how the New York Times described it over the weekend. I’ll put it up on the screen and have you react to it. Backing down from their hard line stance, House Republicans said Friday they would agree to lift the federal government’s statutory borrowing limit for three months, with a requirement that both chambers of Congress pass a budget in that time to clear the way for negotiations on long-term deficit reduction, to add muscle to their efforts to bring Senate Democrats to the table, House Republicans will include .. ...
House Republicans Plan Three-Month Debt-Limit Increase Jan. 19 (Bloomberg) -- House Republicans revised their strategy for the coming months’ fiscal debate with Democrats, saying they’ll agree to a three-month debt-limit increase without demanding spending cuts as part of the deal. Instead, Republicans will use the planned Jan. 23 House vote on a debt-ceiling increase to try to force Senate Democrats to adopt a budget to spell out their spending plan. “We are going to pursue strategies that will obligate the Senate to finally join the House in confronting the government’s spending problem,” Speaker John Boehner of Ohio said in a statement yesterday at the end of House Republicans’ policy retreat at a resort near Williamsburg, Virginia. The strategy represents an acknowledgment by Republican leaders that they need to reassess their goals following President Barack Obama’s re-election and an increased Democratic majority in the Senate. The Treasury Department has said the U.S. will exceed its ...
It is baffling to me that Washington still fails to grasp the importance of establishing and sticking to a budget, despite the fact that millions of hardworking American families and small businesses do so every day. In response to continued economic uncertainty and the Senate Democrats’ four year failure to pass a budget, House Republicans have introduced a plan to deal with both. By offering a three month debt ceiling extension that withholds members’ paychecks if either chamber fails to pass a budget, Congress has a chance to literally put its money where its mouth is. The House is prepared to act, and now it’s time for Senate Democrats to show the American people that they are serious about spending reform.
House Republicans are moving toward a short-term plan that would be conditional upon Senate Democrats passing a budget. WILLIAMSBURG, Va.
By DAN CALABRESE - How will Dems, media paint this as beyond the pale? House Republicans have told Senate Democrats, in effect, you do your job and
House Republicans criticized Senate Democrats for filling the fiscal cliff deal with pet projects and pork barrel spending, but next week the House will vote on its version of $50.6 billion in emergency assistance to victims of Hurricane Sandy that is also loaded with extraneous spending, according ...
Senate Democrats have a suggestion for President Obama if House Republicans refuse to raise the debt ceiling to pay the nation's bills: Obama should circumvent Congress and raise the ceiling himself,... Politics News Summaries. | Newser
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Some of you may have heard of this issue of $60 Billion in Federal relief money for Hurricane Sandy victims being blocked by House Republicans. Here's what happened: Senate Democrats passed a bill that contained money to fund the Federal flood insurance program which would be used to help Sandy victims. The amount of the bill was $60 Billion. Unfortunately, of the $60 Billion, 2/3 of it was pork barrel spending unrelated to Hurricane Sandy. One example is $150 Million for fisheries in Alaska and Mississippi. Of the $20 Billion that was related to Sandy, more than half was slated to be spent more than two years from now. House Republicans objected to this wasteful, untimely and unpaid for spending, and instead passed a bill for $9.1 Billion which is what was needed to help people right away. 90% of the media reported the story simply as "Republicans oppose aid for hurricane victims." No surprise there for anyone who follows media and politics. You might ask, why would Democrats (and some Republicans) ...
At least 25 House Republicans are said to have reservations about voting John Boehner in for another term as speaker, Fox News has learned, teeing up some potential drama on the floor after the new Congress is seated Thursday afternoon.
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) walks from a meeting with House Republicans about a solution for the "fiscal cliff" on Capitol Hill (Joshua Roberts Reuters, REUTERS / January 3, 2013)
Turning back rumors that he would face a challenge from some conservative disgruntled about his leadership, House Republicans re-elected Speaker John Boehner to preside over the House of Representatives.
Headed back to Washington now to work toward a solution to avert the fiscal cliff. House Republicans passed important legislation over the summer to stop these massive tax increases and devastating cuts to our military. Unfortunately U.S. Senate Democrats and President Barack Obama failed to act on these important bills which leaves us where we are today... I am ready to work toward a solution to stop America from going over the fiscal cliff...
House Republicans can no longer negotiate successfully with themselves, let alone with Obama and Reid’s merry band of Senate Democrats.
So I have been reaching out to pages for help with little Result some have helped an I thank them Bellow is an email sent by Oregon Senator Ginny Burdick Yesterday, she is exploiting the tragedy at the Clackamas Town Center the other day to push her anti gun agenda Please at least read it to see how Flawed her Logic is We need your help to spread the word here in Oregon, our Right's are already under attack by the state government please write an call them to cease and desist From: Sen Burdick Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 9:38 AM To: - House Democrats; - House Republicans; - Senate Democrats; - Senate Democratic Office; - Senate President's Office; - Senate Republicans; - Senate Republican Office; - House Republican Office; - House Democratic Office; - House Co-Speakers Office Roblan Subject: Large Capacity Magazines- invitation to sign onto legislation Dear Colleagues: The shooting yesterday at Clackamas Town Center is a tragic reminder that gun violence can occur anywhere, even in a happy crowd of ...
Prov. action Monday, Burnside Park. Credo, Move on, AFL-CIO, SEIU and etc. Fiscal Showdown Event Congress faces a fiscal choice—not a "cliff"—about whether to end tax cuts for the rich or cut vital programs and delay tax extensions for working and middle class people. The GOP is holding us hostage again, and we could slide back into a recession if they win. We voted to end tax cuts for the wealthy in November, not let Republicans push us back into a recession by standing in the way and demanding cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. We need to unite Senate Democrats against any cuts to those programs and put the heat on House Republicans for opposing extending tax breaks for 98% of us. That's why MoveOn members are joining progressive allies on December 10 for hundreds of events nationwide. We're gathering at congressional offices to share our stories and let Congress know we won't settle for a bad deal. Sign up for an event near you or organize your own by clicking here. miles of your ZIP ...
The hearing featured damage reports from nine Senate Democrats, seven House Democrats and three Republicans...
AFSCME, SEIU and NEA launch campaign pressuring swing-state Senate Democrats and targeted House Republicans to oppose spending cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and education.
House Republicans, Please pass all the bad economic policies that President O'bama has proposed. Let him soak the rich. Pass his latest proposal to tax carbon based energy, including oil and coal. Let the EPA close 40% of our coal generated electrical power plants. Let's rap this economy around his neck like an anchor. Make him and the Senate Democrats walk the plank together and sink to the bottom of the ocean like the economy will surely do. Oh and when it does happen, O'Bama Zombies find your happy place, take the pacifiers or thumbs out of your mouth and chant your mantre, "Hope and Change...Hope and Change." You will know it is time when you start wiping your butts with dollar bills because it is cheaper than buying toilet paper.
Yesterday, Harry Reid said the idea of Romney working with Senate Democrats was laughable. With that attitude, does he expect that House Republicans are going to want to work with Obama?
The Wall Street Journal Updated October 28, 2012, 8:36 p.m. Harry Reid's Graveyard Senate Democrats are promising pre-emptive gridlock for 2013. Even if Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan win on November 6, his agenda will be stymied if Republicans can't pick up at least three more seats than their current 47 and control the Senate. That's clear from the last two years, when Harry Reid's not-so-deliberative body became the graveyard for fiscal and other reform. House Republicans won an historic midterm election in 2010, picking up 63 seats. They also gained six Senate seats, but a handful of weak GOP candidates (Sharron Angle, Ken Buck, Christine O'Donnell) cost them control of the upper body. Back in charge in 2011, Mr. Reid proceeded to stop nearly everything that House Republicans passed. President Obama hasn't even had to sweat a veto fight because nothing escapes Mr. Reid's lost world. Consider the record. In 2011 and 2012 the House passed more than three-dozen economic or jobs-related bills and with only a f ...
Despite the fact that at least 127 House Republicans have signed a letter that calls upon Speaker John Boehner and House GOP leadership to cease any further funding of President Obama’s health care law, Speaker Boehner seems poised to continue appropriating funds for ObamaCare. At the speaker’s press conference on Tuesday, Boehner was asked by CNS News whether a new Continuing Resolution (CR) will permit funding for ObamaCare. The speaker responded, “Our goal would be to make sure government is funded and any political talk of a Government Shutdown is put to rest.” Speaker Boehner sounded rather defensive in his response, observing that the House has voted 33 times “to defund, to repeal, and change ObamaCare.” The day before, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy also responded to CNS News defensively. “We’re not at a CR yet, but I don’t see this government ever being shut down,” McCarthy said. “I think you’ll find that we’ll get this job done. We have displayed many times our desire to r ...
Who the *** believes this dribble? A disgustingly biased article to perpetuate the lie that our congress is actually concerned with more than keeping us dazzled with their BS while they are quietly ignoring the problems of the country whose constitution they have sworn to uphold. *** people? Do you believe this crap? House to pass 6-month spending bill Must Read?Yes 8 Email Story Print By ANDREW TAYLOR, AP 6 hours ago WASHINGTON — As its last major act before leaving Washington for the fall campaign, the House is voting to put the government on autopilot for six months. The temporary spending bill is needed to avert a Government Shutdown when the current budget year expires Sept. 30. At issue are the day-to-day operating budgets of Cabinet agencies that are funded annually by Congress through 12 appropriations bills. Thursday's vote represents a retreat by Tea Party House Republicans, since the stopgap measure permits spending at a pace that's $19 billion above the stringent budget plan authored by GOP ...
‘Downgraded America’ Ryan faulted Obama for a credit downgrade for which Ryan’s own party shares equal responsibility. Ryan said that “a presidency that began with such anticipation now comes to such a disappointing close,” adding: Ryan, Aug. 29: [Obama's presidency] began with a perfect AAA credit rating for the United States; it ends with the downgraded America. Ryan refers to the decision of Standard & Poor’s, the credit rating agency, to downgrade its score for U.S. Treasury obligations from AAA to AA+ on Aug. 5, 2011. That took place just four days after Congress voted to raise the federal debt ceiling, following lengthy negotiations in which House Republicans sought to force concessions from Obama and Senate Democrats as the price for raising the ceiling and averting the first default on Treasury debt payments in U.S. history. In its report, Standard & Poor’s blamed both Republicans and Democrats for failing to come to agreement on spending cuts or revenue increases sufficient to reduc ...
At the DNC they refered to the GOP as the party of the rich here are the facts of how many millionaires are in congress: 1. 73 House Democrats are Millionaires 2. 101 House Republicans are Millionaires 3. 37 Senate Democrats are Millionaires 4. 30 Senate Republicans are Millionaires I don't believe either party is hurting for money, that's like the pot calling the kettle black.
House Republicans have offered budgets. Senate Democrats have not.
Tuesday, 6 November 2012 [only 76 days away]: Vote for Barack Obama, Joe Biden, U.S. Senate Democrats and nominees, House Democrats and nominees, and all other nominees of the Democratic Party on your ballot! Put a Restraining order on Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Republican Senators and their nominees, and House Republicans and their nominees!
Boy and Girls lesson today is millionairs in Congress...difference is Democrats don't try to make the poor more poor as do the Republicans you care only for their wealth. “About 47 percent of Congress, or 249 current members are millionaires. … In 2010, the estimated median Net Worth of a current U.S. senator stood at an average of $2.56 million,” according to the Center’s research. Fully 36 Senate Democrats, and 30 Senate Republicans reported an average Net Worth in excess of $1 million in 2010. The same was true for 110 House Republicans and 73 House Democrats.” FUN FACTS:.NOW VOTE FOR OBAMA
House Republicans just voted to extend the Bush Tax Cuts for the nation’s wealthiest 2%. It’s plain and simple: The GOP would rather hand tax breaks to millionaire and billionaire donors than watch out for the middle class. Senate Democrats voted to make the wealthy pay their fair share and cut taxes for everyone else, but House Republicans have stifled their efforts. Demand that Republicans roll back the Bush Tax Cuts for the super-wealthy.
Chairman Paul Ryan, who appears in the video, issued the following statement on the need for clear facts to counter the false attacks made by those unwilling to work with House Republicans to save Medicare.
Stand with President Obama: Stop the Middle Class Tax Hike BREAKING: House Republicans have blocked the bipartisan Senate proposal, meaning 160 million Americans will see a $1,000 tax hike on January 1st, 2012. Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans worked together to extend the payroll tax cut and prevent a $1,000 tax hike on 160 million middle class families. Sounds too good to be true, right? It is. Tea Party House Republican voted down the proposal. The Tea Party is mugging the middle class with a tax increase because they don't think millionaires and corporations should pay their fair share.
The big debate in Washington right now centers around whether or not to "tax the rich." This week, Senate Democrats passed a plan to cut income taxes on the middle class while increasing them on families that make more than $250,000 a year. Next week, House Republicans will push through a bill to ex...
Senate Democrats want House Republicans to pass the Senate Domestic Violence Act. House Republicans want their version passed. Only problem is "their" version does NOT protect same sex partners, undocumented immigrant AND "Native American" women. I heard a statistic today. "FIFTY PERCENT" of Native American women are abused. That is TOTALLY and COMPLETELY unacceptable on "ALL" levels. It frankly left me "LIVID" when I heard it. This is FAR from the first time I have heard and read about Republicans engaging in anti-women legislation. I'm neither Republican or Democrat, but come on! Republicans defeating the Fair Pay Act which would give women equal pay for doing the same job as a man. Republicans "DYING" to defund Planned Parenthood, an institution where millions of poor women are able to go for medical care because it receives funds from the government. Wisconsin's Governor, "Republican" Scott Walker silently repealing that state's equal pay law. Republican states "refusing" to accept Medicai ...
House Republicans have found the time to repeal & pass many bills. Senate Democrats do neither one for Americans.
Senate Democrats gave Senate Republicans a farm bill that included $4.5 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (AKA food stamps) over 10 years. House Republicans are all "...
Has been a lot of focus on what House Republicans do if overtuns But what do Senate Democrats do?
House Republicans and Senate Democrats will argue again over whether or not to ban taxpayer funding of abortions in the District of Columbia and the first skirmish in that battle was completed today. Last week, Senate Democrats approved an amendment in their version of the funding bill that would al...
"This isn’t the first time House Republicans have jeopardized millions of transportation jobs by demanding approval of the pipeline. They threatened to walk away from negotiations early this month for that reason, and in March nearly caused a transportation shutdown before passing a short-term re-authorization. The implications aren’t small: 1.9 million workers will have to walk off the job without re-authorization of highway funds. Senate Democrats estimate that the long-term authorization package will create an additional one million jobs on top of that. House Republicans have pitched the pipeline as a job creator, but the State Department estimates it will lead to only 6,000 temporary jobs — a Far Cry from the nearly three million created or saved by the long-term highway bill the GOP is blocking."
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This week is National Small Business Week. Small businesses employ nearly half of all private sector workers and are the backbone of the U.S. economy. That’s why House Republicans recently passed H.R. 9: the Small Business Tax Cut of 2012—a job-creating bill which provides a tax cut for businesses with fewer than 500 employees. It’s time for Senate Democrats to pass this critical jobs bill and put cash back in the pockets of our nation’s job creators.
House Republicans say evidence is emerging to suggest that the Obama administration and Senate Democrats may have bought off the pharmaceuticals industry to keep it from blocking the passage of Obamacare.
Last August, debt ceiling negotiations between House Republicans and Senate Democrats came to an end when President Obama signed into law the Budget Control Act, a not-so-Grand Bargain that created a legislative super committee tasked with finding spending cuts to offset the debt ceiling increase. I...
Democratic senators, joined by women's advocacy groups, urge House Republicans to stand up for women and pass the Senate's bipartisan bill to protect all fem...
We constantly hear from our friends on the other side of the aisle that Senate Democrats have not passed a budget. What they seem to forget is that last year, the Budget Control Act became the law of the land, setting discretionary limits for security and non-security spending for two years. The budgets being proposed by House Republicans are radical and call for extreme cuts that fall on the backs of seniors, students, and the most vulnerable in our society without asking for any contribution from millionaires and corporations. Click to watch my floor remarks where I discuss these wrong priorities of Republicans in more detail:
Senate Democrats are looking to build firewalls between their legislation reauthorizing transportation programs and the Keystone XL pipeline, which House Republicans will push hard for in the upcoming conference committee. And Republicans will likely have an ally on Keystone in a Democratic conferee...
if Republicans want to win any political race or argument what they need to do is to tell the truth louder and clearer than the Democrats tell their lies. Let’s start telling the truth right here and now. House Republicans have passed a student loan interest rate bill, it is now up to Harry Reid and Senate Democrats to do the same.The only party (or more accurately the only person) standing between students and lower interest rares is Harry Reid. But the media will never tell you that.
Recent polls suggest that a majority of Americans prefer the Senate Democrats' approach over the House Republicans'. In a poll conducted by United Technologies/National Journal this month, half of the respondents said they favored raising taxes on some businesses to pay for the freeze, while only 34 percent would draw the money from the health-care fund.
Senate Democrats are highlighting their efforts to avoid an increase in student loan interest rates over the recess as they look to position themselves against House Republicans who have proposed a different offset.
House Republicans pass Jobs bills and Senate Democrats kill it. Obama lies.
While Senate Democrats continue to show House Republicans are meeting their obligations.
Senate Democrats and House Republicans might not be able to come to an agreement on the size of spending cuts and...
Government & Politics A $6 Billion Bribe for the Youth Vote Leftists are to be judged only by a promised future, never by the present or by what has been delivered. Case in point: student loans. With student loan interest rates set to double in July to their normal, un-subsidized rates -- thanks to legislation passed by Democrats in 2007 -- Barack Obama is pushing to extend the current level of federal subsidy as part of his re-election campaign. For his part, Mitt Romney agrees. And why not? Neither are listening to Tea Party complaints that this is not government's role. In any case, the U.S. is nearly $16 trillion in debt, and it can't afford to subsidize student loans. Such facts are unpopular with both presidential candidates because -- so the line goes -- they will alienate a host of young voters who could decide the election. Incredibly, both the White House and Senate Democrats want to pay for the $6 billion, one-year extension with -- wait for it -- yet another new tax on small businesses. House ...
House Republicans overwhelmingly support let's home Senate Democrats are, for once, more supportive of limited govt.
POLITICO's Morning Energy, powered by America's Natural Gas Alliance: Keystone, coal ash at heart of transportation battle - Shell boosts profit with $7B-plus quarter - Tax credit for wind gets GOP support - Nominees up for Senate panel vote Newsletters | 7:33 AM To dandelayPatrick Reis With help from Alex Guillén and Darren Goode CRUNCH TIME: The House and Senate have each taken their crack at highway funding, but now the real battle of wills begins as Congress moves to conference. The stakes are high: The must-pass transportation bill promises to be one of the final opportunities for legislative victories this election year. Republicans are hoping they can leverage Obama's desire for a new highway bill into concessions on advancing Keystone XL and stymieing EPA's regulatory plans, while Democrats are aiming for a clean bill that they can tout as a bipartisan shot in the arm for the economy. ON KEYSTONE: Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) says Senate Democrats on the transportation conference committee will ...
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