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Congrss “inching” towards deal on federal budget

Congrss “inching” towards deal on federal budget

Congressional budget negotiators are zeroing in on a modest deal to keep the federal government operating while easing the grip of the mandatory automatic spending cuts known as sequestration. With the clock ticking toward a Dec. 13 deadline to report to Congress, the bipartisan conference committee led by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty […]

High-profile panel stumbles on trimming deficit

High-profile panel stumbles on trimming deficit

Since the end of World War II, more than a dozen high-profile bipartisan panels have been convened to tackle the nation’s thorniest fiscal problems. Seldom have their recommendations spurred congressional action. Their ambitious, high-octane reports and recommendations are mostly gathering dust on government shelves. Right now, congressional negotiators are struggling with a way to head […]

Both sides doubt a major budget deal can happen

Both sides doubt a major budget deal can happen

On this, GOP budget guru Rep. Paul Ryan and top Senate Democrat Harry Reid can agree: There won’t be a “grand bargain” on the budget. Instead, the Wisconsin Republican and the Nevada Democrat both say the best Washington can do in this bitterly partisan era of divided government is a small-ball bargain that tries to […]

Forget grand plans: Just cut small, workable budget deal

Forget grand plans: Just cut small, workable budget deal

Forget a grand bargain. Reaching even a small budget deal will be a challenge when negotiators start meeting next week in an effort to salvage any kind of agreement in the aftermath of this month’s shutdown debacle and debt limit crisis. Long-standing, entrenched differences over taxes make a large-scale budget pact virtually impossible, according to […]

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 […]

Ryan, Cantor appear secretly at Koch gathering in New Mexico

Ryan, Cantor appear secretly at Koch gathering in New Mexico

Charles and David Koch, the ultra conservative energy brothers who already control the Republican Party and want to control the nation as well, brought in the usual suspects to deliver the standard right-wing lines to their following of rich conservatives who gathered covertly just outside Albuquerque, New Mexico last weekend. Among those who spoke and […]

Senate, narrowly, manages to pass first budget in four years

Senate, narrowly, manages to pass first budget in four years

The Senate on Saturday narrowly passed its first federal budget in four years, a move that will usher in a relative lull in Washington’s fiscal wars until an anticipated summer showdown over raising the debt ceiling. The budget plan was passed by a 50-49 vote in the Democratic-controlled chamber. Four Democratic senators facing tough re-election […]

Senate, including five Republicans, say ‘nada’ to Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposed budget

Senate, including five Republicans, say ‘nada’ to Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposed budget

Five Republicans joined all the Democrats in the Senate to overwhelmingly rejecte a balanced budget plan offered as a symbolic but hopeless cause by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. The measure, which failed on a 40-59 vote. The most prominent tea partyers in the Senate — Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas […]

House set to pass typical bill with huge budget cuts

House set to pass typical bill with huge budget cuts

A familiar budget plan to sharply cut safety-net programs for the poor and clamp down on domestic agencies performing the nuts-and-bolts programs of the government is cruising to passage in the tea party-flavored House. The Republican measure is advancing to the finish line in the House as the Senate starts a lengthy slog toward passage […]

Republicans: A party where failure is the only option

Republicans: A party where failure is the only option

After failing, once again, to capture the Presidency last fall, a number of Republicans sat down and wondered aloud what — if anything — could be done to reverse the party’s failed fortunes in the future. That gathering was followed by a series of meetings among party leaders, elected officials and consultants to find an […]