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Budget Deal

Dem Senator Says Budget Deal Still Short Of Votes To Pass

Reuters | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Senate Democrats are still short of the votes needed to pass a budget deal that would avoid a government shutdown in...

Mike Huckabee Has A Lesson For Some Tea Party Groups

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 12.14.2013 | Politics

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) waded into the debate over House Speaker John Boehner's recent comments criticizing conservative groups' opposi...

Michael McAuliff

Boehner's Outburst Shows Right-Wing Groups Jumped The Shark | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With an emphatic "Are you kidding me?!" aimed at right-wing Washington groups, House Speaker John Boehner this week may have finally pro...

Friday Talking Points -- Republican Sandwich Filling Hits The Fan

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

One bit of minor calendar news before we get on with it: for the next two weeks, this column will be on hiatus. Instead, it will be pre-empted by our annual awards columns where we note the notable and laud the laudable from the past year.

Reid Hopes To Speed Senate Consideration On Budget

AP | Posted 12.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he'll meet with his Republican counterpart Mitch McConnell to discuss whether they can spee...

We Have Met the Enemy and She Is Old

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

When did older people become the enemy? Last week a judge ruled that Detroit could move forward with its plan to cut pensions for retired city workers. This week Washington is celebrating a budget deal which harms older people economically in several ways.

Mapping the Impact of Letting Emergency Jobless Benefits Expire

William Chen | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
William Chen

As we've written, most recently yesterday, the economy hasn't yet recovered enough to pull the plug on federal emergency unemployment compensation (EU...

House Voting On Ryan-Murray

Posted 12.12.2013 | Politics

By ANDREW TAYLOR, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are rallying behind a modest budget pact that promises to bring a temp...

Gridlock In The Senate, Progress In The House

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 12.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A budget agreement between key Republicans and Democrats. Even President Barack Obama was on board. All without anyone threatening...

Raw Deal

Robert Reich | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

I can understand why Republican leaders like this deal. They don't want to risk another government shutdown, given how badly they got burned by the last one earlier in the fall. But America would do better with another temporary spending resolution than with this raw deal.

Budget Deal Offers Stability To Pentagon Spending

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Working-age military retirees would see fewer dollars in their federal pensions and the Pentagon would get some long-sought stabil...

The Budget Deal's Crass and Craven Politics

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

To me, the most appropriate headline from the new budget deal should really be: "Democrats And Republicans Agree To Remove Budget Negotiations From 2014 Campaign, Out Of Fear."

Michael McAuliff

McConnell Conspicuously Absent From Budget Deal Bandwagon | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One member of Republican congressional leadership is conspicuously absent from those who are praising the new budget agreement crafted b...

GOP Tries To Have It Both Ways With Budget Deal

Slate | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics

The GOP has lost its purity on taxes, but the budget deal tries to keep up the façade....

Statement on the Murray-Ryan Budget Agreement

Bob Greenstein | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

While the agreement has some disturbing omissions and unattractive features, overall it is a modest positive step because it eases sequestration, particularly in 2014.

Sam Stein

Sequestration Victims Happy With A Budget Deal That Relieves A Third Of The Cuts | Sam Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The umbrella advocacy group representing organizations hurt by sequestration urged lawmakers on Wednesday to accept a two-year budget de...

Obama, Top Republicans Back Agreement

Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics

By ANDREW TAYLOR, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans and President Barack Obama are lining up behind a modest but hard-won bi...

The Budget Deal: A Dirge for the Unemployed

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Federal workers will be expected to subsidize this deal with an increase in their out-of-pocket pension costs. There will be cuts to Medicare. Airline passengers will pay a new tax. Military retirees -- military retirees -- will see their benefits cut.

Michael McAuliff

Budget Deal Whacks Medicare Providers | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's hard to discern in the budget deal announced Tuesday night, but the bulk of its deficit savings come from fresh cuts to Medicare pr...

Jennifer Bendery

Lindsey Graham: Paul Ryan Budget Deal Boosts His 2016 White House Chances | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has any interest in entering the 2016 presidential field, the bipartisan budget proposal he put forward Tuesd...

Obama Says Budget Deal Is Good First Step, Urges Congress To Act

Reuters | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Dec 10 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday praised a bipartisan budget deal as a good start and urged the U.S....

Sam Stein

Budget Deal Reached By Bipartisan Negotiators | Sam Stein | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Bars set this low were made to be jumped over. And yet, it was something of a marvel on Tuesday when lawmakers from the House and the Se...

Budget Deal Reached

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

BY DAVID ESPO & ANDREW TAYLOR, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiators reached a modest budget agreement Tuesday to rest...

Prospects Dim For Fast Renewal Of Unemployment Benefits

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prospects dimmed Monday for a quick extension of expiring unemployment benefits as Republican officials said they would not agree ...

Progressives Must Stand Up Against the Right Wing War on Public Employees

Robert Creamer | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

For many years the American Right -- and many of the most powerful elements of corporate and Wall Street elite -- have conducted a war on public employees. It's time for Progressives -- and Americans of all stripes -- to wake up and smell the coffee.