Reid Offers Boehner a Fig Leaf

By: Wednesday October 2, 2013 10:26 am

Senate majority leader Harry Reid has made a basically meaningless concession to Speaker John Boehner in an effort to end the government shutdown. In a letter Reid promised that if the House passed a clean continuing resolution to fund the government, he will name conferees to a budget conference.

Government Shutdown Might Be the Least Bad Option

By: Monday September 30, 2013 7:03 am

Government shutdowns are damaging, inconvenient and stupid but they are also manageable. We’ve had over a dozen in the last century. As a country we know how to handle them. On the other hand a default by failing to raise the debt limit is unknown territory. The implications could be very bad. Even getting close to the deadline last time cause a credit downgrading, an increase in borrowing cost, and a noticeable hit to the market.

What This CR Shows Us About Who Controls House Republicans

By: Friday September 20, 2013 9:21 am

Trying to use a continuing resolution to defund Obamacare is one of the dumbest and impractical political ideas I have ever seen. There is no way it would work and trying to carry through on the threat would only politically damage Republicans. The idea is so stupid even several prominent Republicans have openly attacked it. [...]

House Passes CR That Defunds Obamacare

By: Friday September 20, 2013 8:44 am

House Republicans passed a continuing resolution that would keep the government funded which contains the Obamacare defunding demanded by conservatives. The bill was approved 230-189 in a mostly party line vote. Now the bill goes to the Senate where this effort is doomed to fail. The Senate is likely to spend a few days stripping [...]

The Republican Leadership, Not Ted Cruz, Is Really to Blame for This Mess

By: Friday September 20, 2013 7:25 am

Many Congressional Republicans are now deeply angry with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for pushing to tie the funding the government to defunding Obamacare. They believe he is why their party now needs to waste a week passing a doomed continuing resolution just to prove the idea is unworkable to members and their base. While Cruz [...]

We Are Now Just Waiting for the Crisis to Ripen

By: Wednesday September 18, 2013 11:28 am

We are going to get very close to a government shutdown — or even temporarily have one — before this funding issue is resolved.  My basic conclusion from Speaker John Boehner’s announcement today is that he realizes he can’t do anything until the crisis ripens. Last week House GOP leadership already made their best attempt [...]

Congress Unlikely to Authorize Military Action in Syria

By: Tuesday August 27, 2013 7:12 am

Once again we are on the path to significant military action against a country in the Middle East and once again it looks like the intent of the Constitution will be ignored. President Obama will begin military action against a Syria without Congressional approval even though there will be plenty of time to get it. [...]

Boehner Again Threatens to Take the Debt Ceiling Hostage

By: Tuesday July 23, 2013 12:11 pm

John Boehner is at it again. During his press conference this morning, Boehner threatened to take the debt ceiling hostage to try to force President Obama to embrace spending cuts. From Huffington Post: “We’re not going to raise the debt ceiling without real cuts in spending. It’s as simple as that,” he said at a [...]

Obama Will Veto Bill to Make His Decision on the Employer Mandate Legal

By: Wednesday July 17, 2013 7:37 am

The political genius of John Boehner’s plan for dueling votes today on the individual and employer mandate is on full display with President Obama incredibly bizarre veto threat. Obama says he will not only veto the bill to delay the individual mandate but will also veto the bill to make his plan to delay the [...]

Boehner Unequivocally Says Immigration Reform Must Have the Support of a Majority of House Republicans

By: Thursday June 27, 2013 10:02 am

Speaker of the House John Boehner’s past statements about whether the unofficial “majority of the majority” rule might be waived for immigration reform have ranged from potential openness to mostly dismissive, but now that the issue has come to a head, Boehner has laid down an unequivocal marker. Boehner want to made it completely clear [...]