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 [...]

Immigration Reform Will Now Need a Majority of House Republicans

By: Tuesday June 18, 2013 8:38 am

The chances of immigration reform being approved this year just got slightly bleaker. It will now need the support from the majority of House Republicans. Previously, Speaker John Boehner had left the door open to breaking the “Hastert Rule” for immigration but after facing threats from his caucus he has rejected that option. Boehner has [...]

The Most Important Decision for Immigration Reform Rests With Boehner

By: Tuesday June 11, 2013 7:49 am

The single most important development in immigration reform so far is that Speaker John Boehner (R) is open to breaking the “majority of the majority” rule on this issue. While Boehner didn’t technically endorse the idea, when pressed on it in an interview with George Stephanopoulos, Boehner made sure to leave option on the table. From [...]

Boehner Wants Another Debt Ceiling Fight

By: Friday March 22, 2013 9:42 am

The rather painless vote on a no strings attached temporary increase in the debt limit back in January and the easy passage of a continuing resolution this week made it seem as if the age of manufactured budget crises might finally be over. But apparently Speaker John Boehner is not ready to give up on [...]

GOP Plans to Blame Obama for Sequestration Cuts

By: Monday February 11, 2013 7:38 am

An important sign that the sequestration cuts are likely to take place at the beginning of next month is that members of Congress appear to be spending far more time on trying to assign the blame than on trying to find a way to get rid of them. The Republican leadership wants everyone to believe that the sequestration cuts were President Obama’s idea.

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