Get Ready for Legislative Jenga

By: Friday November 14, 2014 6:58 am

The chances the Republican controlled Congress and President Obama will proactively reach some big legislative deals seem remote. Republicans have almost no incentive to compromise with Obama, and the President’s decision to move forward with executive actions indicates he finally realizes deal making is unlikely. This means that one of the only ways the Republican-controlled [...]

As Expect WH Promises to Veto CR with Obamacare Defunding

By: Thursday September 19, 2013 8:15 am

Now that Speaker John Boehner has given in to conservative Republicans demand to include Obamacare funding in their continuing resolution, the White House has officially issued a veto threat. From the OMB: The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.J. Res. 59, making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014 and for other purposes, because it [...]

GOP Could Actually Win the Funding Fight if They Dropped their Obamacare Delusion

By: Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:48 am

Republicans have gotten themselves into a real bind over funding the government. They have allowed a segment of their base to rally around a ridiculous idea that threatening to shut down the government will get Obama to defund his signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act. There is no way this plan can work and if the GOP tries to carry it out they will be blamed.

Internal Division Forces GOP to Delay Government Funding Vote

By: Wednesday September 11, 2013 11:14 am

Incredibly, a significant number of conservatives and House Republicans have convinced themselves that threatening to hurt the economy will give them leverage over a President who will never again face re-election. The first sign that this stupid posturing has metastasized into an actual problem is decision today by House leadership to delay a vote on [...]

Sequester May End Not With a Bang but With a Series of Whimpers

By: Thursday March 21, 2013 9:18 am

The continuing resolution (CR) which was recently approved by Congress provides a framework for how the sequester may eventually be dealt with. The chances that there will be a big repeal bill or a grand bargain appear to be growing less likely. Instead, it seems the level of the sequester cuts will be mostly left [...]

The Republicans Should Take More Hostages

By: Monday August 1, 2011 8:25 am

This recent debt ceiling deal proves the best way for the Republican Party to get what they want from the Democrats and President Obama is to take metaphorical hostages. At this point for the GOP to try negotiating for new laws through the traditional legislative process would be beyond stupid given how effective the tactic [...]

House GOP Proud to Pay for Four Months of War with Big Spending Cuts at Home

By: Thursday February 17, 2011 1:00 pm

The new class of House Republicans came to Washington to make cuts, and that is exactly what they have begun doing. They have quite proudly managed to put together a continuing resolution that will cut $61 billion from existing programs. No doubt these Republicans will be held up as “serious people” who are willing to [...]

Republicans’ War on Jobs: Propose Cutting Training, AmeriCorps

By: Tuesday February 15, 2011 12:45 pm

Despite jobs being by far the top issue with voters, the Republicans in Congress, in their rush for immediate austerity, have committed themselves to making the unemployment crisis worse. Among the many cuts in the House Republican’s continuing resolution are cuts to “excess spending in Labor Department job training programs” and eliminating funds for AmeriCorps. [...]