Reid Considering Incredibly Watered Down Bipartisan Rules Reform. Update: Deal Reached

By: Thursday January 24, 2013 7:55 am

Update: Reid has reached the deal with McConnell. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is close to reaching a bipartisan deal with Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on changing the Senate rules. To even call this package of incredibly minor changes “reform” requires stretching the definition of the word almost to its breaking point. Almost nothing of [...]

Mitch McConnell Lays Down His Marker on the Debt Ceiling Negotiation

By: Thursday January 3, 2013 8:33 am

Even though Speaker John Boehner should be the most powerful Republican in Washington, as we have seen, it is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell who ends up making the deals. McConnell is not only more skilled at getting agreements, but he can more successfully whip his caucus behind any decision he makes. So when McConnell [...]

Obama Ready to Fold on Tax Rates

By: Monday December 31, 2012 11:21 am

During the campaign President Obama’s big promise was to end the Bush tax cuts for income over $250,000 a year. After the election Obama made some very firm statements about sticking to this promise, but it now looks like the administration will abandon it in the deal being worked out between VP Joe Biden and [...]

Nobody Should “Have the Power” to Raise the Debt Ceiling

By: Monday December 17, 2012 9:30 am

To try to deal with the incredibly idiotic debt ceiling issue the Obama administration has put forward the so called “McConnell Plan.” It is a complicated Rude Goldberg procedure that would effectively allow the President to raise the debt ceiling while also letting Congress make mostly meaningless votes against it. Since the idea was originally [...]

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) [...]

Debt Ceiling Post Mortem: Obama Between a Rock and a Hard Place

By: Thursday August 4, 2011 10:05 am

Quinnipiac released their Florida poll numbers on the President and the debt ceiling bill, and it does not bode well for his 2012 chances in the swing state. His approval among Independents went from 42% last Wednesday through Sunday to 33% from Monday through Tuesday, while disapproval shot up 52% to 61%. When asked to describe how they feel about the deal, more Independents said they were “angry” (23%) than either Republicans or Democrats.

In order to contextualize the bind that this puts Obama in, it’s worth recounting what I’ve been told about how the deal went down.

The Next Debt Ceiling Deal Will Likely Be Much Worse

By: Wednesday August 3, 2011 1:41 pm

There should be no doubt that one of the most dangerous aspects of this current debt ceiling deal, is that it set a precedent for Republicans turning every future debt ceiling increase in the future into another hostage situation to force spending cuts. As Republican Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell put it: “What we have [...]

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 [...]

Catfood Commission II: A Cowardly Attempt to Dodge Democratic Accountability

By: Monday July 18, 2011 1:42 pm

It currently appears that the most likely resolution to the debt ceiling situation will be the use of the Mitch McConnell-Harry Reid back up plan. This plan will probably include some form of the Catfood Commission II. A bipartisan commission that would work in secret to come up with a package that would be fast [...]

Bill to Reduce Frivolous Filibuster Frivolously Filibustered

By: Friday June 17, 2011 7:56 am

The Senate is so broken that even a bipartisan agreement to limit the number of Senate confirmed appointees gets filibustered.

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