Chris Van Hollen

Budget talks begin, but is success even possible?

Budget talks begin, but is success even possible?

Congressional budget negotiators aren’t guaranteeing success as they begin talks aimed at solving the nation’s budget problems. Republican and Democratic leaders of a joint House-Senate committee met for breakfast Thursday morning as they started talks. The committee was formed as part of a deal to reopen the government and extend the government’s ability to borrow […]

Don’t look for any cooperation on solving debt crisis

Don’t look for any cooperation on solving debt crisis

Congressional leaders on Sunday showed no signs of emerging from their corners to resolve the next step in the financial crisis, with Democrats still talking about higher taxes on the wealthy and the Senate’s top Republican suggesting that a crippling default on U.S. loans was possible unless there were significant cuts in government spending. “It’s […]

Tax showdown in House today

Tax showdown in House today

A massive tax package that would save millions of Americans thousands of dollars in higher taxes is headed for a vote in the House Thursday even as rebellious Democrats complain it is too generous to the wealthy. House Democratic leaders plan to pass the bill Thursday. But first, they will hold a vote on imposing […]

Senate passes tax bill; Now it’s up to the House

Senate passes tax bill; Now it’s up to the House

The Senate Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a sweeping tax package that would save millions of Americans thousands of dollars in higher taxes while also reducing their Social Security taxes and extending jobless benefits. President Barack Obama swiftly urged the House to pass the $858 billion bill without changes, a slap at Democratic liberals eager to toughen […]

And the house Democrats just keep on bitching

And the house Democrats just keep on bitching

The struggle over tax cuts is seriously straining President Barack Obama‘s relationship with House Democrats, who have backed him on key issues even when it cost them politically. Expressing hurt and bewilderment, Democratic lawmakers say Obama ignored them at crucial negotiating moments, misled them about his intentions and made needless concessions to Republicans. The president […]

Tax cut pill a bitter one for Democrats to swallow

Tax cut pill a bitter one for Democrats to swallow

The struggle over tax cuts is seriously straining President Barack Obama’s relationship with House Democrats, who have backed him on key issues even when it cost them politically. Expressing hurt and bewilderment, Democratic lawmakers say Obama ignored them at crucial negotiating moments, misled them about his intentions and made needless concessions to Republicans. The president […]

Obama turns up the heat on allies for tax cut support

Obama turns up the heat on allies for tax cut support

The White House courted and squeezed wary Democratic allies on Wednesday in a bid to rescue a compromise with Republicans to avert a massive New Year’s tax hike while extending jobless benefits. Swift passage of the embattled deal could clear a path for some of President Barack Obama‘s other embattled priorities for a year-end legislative […]

Democrats gamble big bucks on close races

Democrats gamble big bucks on close races

Struggling to build a firewall against a Republican takeover, congressional Democrats are pouring money into roughly two dozen tight races around the country in the campaign’s closing weeks while pulling it back from others where their chances seem slimmer. With polls showing Republicans increasingly well-positioned to seize control of the House, the Democrats are planning […]

Republicans, Democrats fine tune midterm strategies

Republicans, Democrats fine tune midterm strategies

Democrats have all but written off at least three Senate seats — in North Dakota, Indiana and Arkansas — and at least six House seats in Tennessee, Louisiana, New York and elsewhere as they embark on a final-weeks advertising push to minimize congressional election losses. Emboldened by their prospects, Republicans are throwing at least $3 […]

Dems to Obama: Lay off the Washington bashing

Dems to Obama: Lay off the Washington bashing

President Barack Obama’s Washington-bashing could boomerang on his party in Congress if he’s not careful, House Democratic leaders have warned White House senior adviser David Axelrod. The fear — raised by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, campaign chief Chris Van Hollen and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn in a closed-door meeting Thursday — is that Democrats have more […]