Boehner Is in No Mood to Reach a Sequester Compromise

By: Tuesday February 19, 2013 1:11 pm

Earlier today President Obama made a public plea for Republicans to embrace either a long-term or short-term “balanced approach” to avoid the sequestration cuts. Speaker Boehner’s response made it clear the House Republicans are not interested in any possible compromise. From Boehner: “Today the president advanced an argument Republicans have been making for a year: [...]

Boehner Plan B Shows Obama Doesn’t Even Need to Make a Deal

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 8:04 am

The extension of unemployment benefits and a small amount of infrastructure spending are the only things Obama would have gotten in his recent deal offer that he probably couldn’t force the GOP to agree to by simply waiting them out. Those are both relatively small items compared to a large and deeply unpopular Social Security benefit cut.

Boehner Still Sounding the Obamacare Repeal Rallying Call

By: Wednesday November 21, 2012 10:09 am

If you thought the re-election of President Obama would dampen the Republican opposition to Obamacare you were mistaken. Not only are several Republican governors continuing to oppose the law in every way possible, but the Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner is still actively rallying the base against it. Boehner just penned an op-ed [...]

GOP Fully Committed to Public Fight on Birth Control Regulation

By: Wednesday February 8, 2012 10:51 am

The Republican Party has apparently decided that they really want to have a big public fight with President Obama over whether or not employers with connections to religious institutions should be required to provide birth control as part of their employees’ health insurance. The GOP is acting like they believe the issue is a political [...]

Obama Deficit Rhetoric Moves from Compromise to Campaign

By: Monday September 19, 2011 12:02 pm

President Obama’s deficit speech may be viewed as the moment the Obama administration fully pivots away from trying to reach bipartisan compromise, to instead focusing on winning 2012 by bashing the Republican Party. The first half of President Obama’s first term was marked by an obsession with reaching bipartisan compromise. Obama wasted an absurd amount [...]

Republican Super Committee Picks Make Grand Bargain Unlikely

By: Wednesday August 10, 2011 9:14 am

The Republican congressional leadership have made their six selections for who will serve on the new Super Committee, according the National Journal. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) chose Senators Jon Kyl (AZ), Pat Toomey (PA) and Rob Portman (OH). From the House side Speaker John Boehner (OH) selected Jeb Hensarling (TX), Dave Camp (MI) [...]

Neither Side is Offering a Real Long Term Debt Ceiling Solution

By: Thursday July 28, 2011 11:53 am

The debt ceiling package put forward by Speaker John Boehner would increase the nations borrowing limit by $1 trillion, which would cover borrowing for about another six months. On the other hand Senate Majority leader Harry Reid’s plan would raise the debt ceiling by $2.7 trillion, which means it would about a year and a [...]

Debt Ceiling Increase: The Long and the Short of it

By: Wednesday July 27, 2011 10:05 am

One of the biggest battles over raising the debt ceiling at this moment seems to be whether any debt ceiling increase will last until after November 2012 or will it require another vote on the debt limit before the election. Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) plan would require the debt ceiling to be raised again in [...]

For the GOP the Best Feature of the Boehner Debt Plan is Calling The President’s Bluff

By: Tuesday July 26, 2011 10:35 am

It’s telling that a key selling point being used by Eric Cantor to get his caucus behind John Boehner’s debt ceiling bill, is that such a move would call President Obama bluff on his threat to veto any short term increases. From Politico: “The debt limit vote sucks,” he said, according to an attendee of [...]