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Budget Battle

Michael McAuliff

Dems Will Torture GOP With Shutdown Politics In Spending Battle | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats’ plan to block every GOP spending bill this summer isn’t a bid for a government shutdown -- it’s a strategy to bring Rep...

Rescission Could Be a Brilliant Solution For GOP

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If the Republican leadership can sell it to enough of its members, it could be a way out of the perpetual crisis machine that the budget has become. By separating the politics from the actual real-world results, it allows both factions of the Republican Party to get what they want.

Ted Cruz Dreams Up Another Defund Obamacare Fight, To No Avail

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), notorious for his hours-long speech that led to the government shutdown in October, hoped to name a new target ...

$1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Would Bury Budget Battles

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top congressional negotiators Monday night released a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill that would pay for the operations of ...

Disabled Veterans To Be Exempted From Pension Cuts

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A massive spending bill taking shape on Capitol Hill is likely to repeal a recently enacted pension cut for disabled veterans. Ca...

GOP Does Have Impressive Wins Despite Setback

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats who gloat over Republicans' bad week in Congress might pause to recall that conservatives still own major ...

Why You Should Care About The Latest Budget Fight

Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — You've heard it all before. The government is headed for a fiscal crisis caused by pa...

Sam Stein

Democrats Divided Over Next Big Budget Battle | Sam Stein | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Democrats wait to see whether and how House Republicans will target the president's health care law during ongoing budget negotiation...

Study Warns Of Imminent Debt Ceiling Deadline

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United States could default on its obligations as early as Oct. 18 if Washington fails to agree on legislation to raise the governme...

House GOP Takes Aim At Obamacare In Latest Budget Showdown

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — House Republicans plan to condition a short-term spending bill for averting a government shutdown next month on making Senate Democ...

Shutdown Threat Looms As Obama, GOP Leaders Aim For Deal

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republican leaders and the Obama administration are trying to cut a deal that avoids a government shutdown in October whil...

Dems Have Secret Weapon In Looming Budget Fight

Washington Post | Greg Sargent | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics

Most observers expect Congress will somehow pass a measure this fall funding the government temporarily at current levels, pushing the real fights ove...

Another Budget Showdown Looms

Reuters | Steven C. Johnson | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK, July 28 (Reuters) - Another year, another battle over the U.S. budget. It's hardly what investors need, but it looks like they're going to...

Obama To Lay Out Economic Vision Ahead Of Budget Battle

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Drawing renewed attention to the economy, President Barack Obama will return this week to an Illinois college where he once spelled...

Fed Chair to Congress: Stop Killing Jobs

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

In his congressional testimony yesterday, Fed Chair Ben Bernanke called out the Congress. He warned them to stop the reckless and mindless spending cuts that are killing jobs and growth. His warnings fell on deaf ears in the Congress.

Why Lame Duck Budget Battle Is Really a Struggle Between the 1% and Ordinary Americans

Robert Creamer | Posted 01.25.2013 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Underlying all of the policy-speak, the Lame Duck budget battle is really about one question. Will the 1% of Americans who had the party that caused the deficit be asked to pay the bill?

Parties Spoil For 2012 Fight Over Size Of Government

National Journal | RONALD BROWNSTEIN | Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics

It's always hazardous to predict the issues that will define the next presidential selection. But leading thinkers in both parties say that events of ...

Comparing Ryan and Obama Long-Term Budget Plans: Two Starkly Different Visions

Dan Lesser | Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics
Dan Lesser

Reducing the country's $14 trillion debt is a critical national priority. While the president's plan would reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over 12 years, Rep. Ryan's plan would have no perceptible impact on the federal deficit.

Paul Ryan Leads Republicans to Political Suicide

Robert Creamer | Posted 06.18.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

When the political history of this period is written, the Medicare vote held last week will go down as the turning point that doomed Republican chances to keep control of the House in 2012.

Neigh Sayers

Matthew Dowd | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

As I reflected on my soulful experience, I realized that lessons from horse whispering can apply to our political leaders and our country, especially as we have watched the budget battle unfold.

Take "The Troops" off the Table in the Budget Battles

Alexander Nicholson | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics
Alexander Nicholson

Even if Congress cannot agree on an overall defense budget, funding for troop pay can and should be settled immediately and should not be held hostage again to partisan wrangling over other issues.

Jason Linkins

White House's Budget Strategy Leans Heavily On Clinton Nostalgia And Selling Capitulation [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics

Over the weekend, the White House averted a government shutdown by largely agreeing to the GOP's terms on discretionary spending. One might see this as a bad thing, but not the White House. Advisor David Plouffe has been on the air ever since, linking Friday's capitulation with the administration's December lame duck capitulation as a great example of a governing strategy, where everyone "comes together" and more or less agrees to what John Boehner wants to do.

Did GOP Win First Round Of Budget Battle?

AP | By CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 06.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican conservatives were the chief winners in the budget deal that forced Democrats to accept historic spending cuts they strongly ...

Washington's Budget Battle: Where Is Obama?

New York Review Of Books | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the struggle over government spending for the current fiscal year, the Republicans have forced the White House and the Senate Democrats into a seri...

Sam Stein

Dems Growing Convinced That GOP Will Try To Force Shutdown Over Health Care Funds | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats expressed a rare touch of nonchalance Wednesday as House Republicans voted to repeal last year's health care ove...