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Health care repeal could deepen govenment red ink

Health care repeal could deepen govenment red ink

Repealing President Barack Obama‘s landmark health care overhaul would add billions to government red ink and leave millions without coverage, Congress’ nonpartisan budget referees said Thursday ahead of a politically charged vote in the House. House Speaker John Boehner brushed off the Congressional Budget Office analysis as emboldened Republicans, now in the majority in the […]

Republicans already breaking their promises

Republicans already breaking their promises

Republicans have already violated some of the vows they made in taking stewardship of the House. Their pledge to cut $100 billion from the budget in one year won’t be kept. And for a coming vote seeking to repeal the health care overhaul, the first major initiative of the new Congress, lawmakers won’t be allowed […]

Time to to shut down the filibuster?

Time to to shut down the filibuster?

Senate Democrats have what they think may be a unique window of opportunity to tame the filibuster power that the Republican minority has used so effectively in recent years to foil the Democratic agenda. Normally, it takes a two-thirds majority to change Senate rules, one reason the filibuster system that has contributed to Senate paralysis […]

Boehner to Obama: We’re in charge now

Boehner to Obama: We’re in charge now

Eager to show who’s now in charge, the House’s new Republican majority plans to vote to repeal President Barack Obama‘s landmark health care overhaul before he even shows up in their chamber to give his State of the Union address. Dramatic as that early showdown promises to be — the vote will be Jan. 12, […]

Republicans plan to move quickly on healh care repeal

Republicans plan to move quickly on healh care repeal

Republicans in the House of Representatives plan to hold a vote in January to repeal President Barack Obama‘s healthcare overhaul and say they have nearly enough support to override a presidential veto of the repeal, a top lawmaker said on Sunday. “Unpopularity numbers are as high as 60 percent across the country,” Fred Upton, the […]

Economic stimulus sets the stage for next year’s big fight

Economic stimulus sets the stage for next year’s big fight

In the year-end tax debate of 2010, President Barack Obama got the economic stimulus he sought while Democrats in Congress settled for picking a political fight. Far more quietly, Republicans pocketed a two-year extension of George W. Bush-era tax cuts at all income levels and a sweetened estate tax to go with it, without having […]

Doug Thompson: Memo to Republicans: Remember the real lessons of 1994

Doug Thompson: Memo to Republicans: Remember the real lessons of 1994

When Republicans captured control of Congress in the 1994 elections, they misunderstood the mood of angry voters who threw out Democrats to vent their anger at both the party of the jackass and President Bill Clinton. Instead of capitalizing on voter discontent, the pachyderm party used the election to run amuck with its extreme agenda […]

The election is over: So is the sense of urgency

The election is over: So is the sense of urgency

When Barack Obama tried — as much as his ego would allow — to accept some of the responsibility for the shellacking the Democrats took from voters in the mid-term elections it seemed the President might — after early two years of missteps — finally understand that there is a lot of difference between campaigning […]

Reid, McDonnell keep Senate leadership posts

Reid, McDonnell keep Senate leadership posts

Senate Democrats and Republicans alike are poised to return their respective party leaders to their posts following an election in which the top Democrat scrambled to retain his seat and the senior Republican picked up 13 new senators. Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, is unopposed to keep his post, as is Kentucky Republican […]

McConnell flips and backs ban on pork barrel spending

McConnell flips and backs ban on pork barrel spending

Congress’ most unapologetic fan of big-money politics is backing a ban on pork-barrel earmarks and avoiding an early battle with conservative senators who had threatened to force a vote on the matter. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who has long defended the practice of designating money for home-state projects, said he was heeding the message […]