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Budget Talks

Republicans Talk About Skipping Next Budget

National Journal | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

House Republicans are quietly discussing the option of not writing a budget in 2014, a maneuver that would free up time on the legislative calendar an...

Sam Stein

Budget Negotiations Prove That S**t Gets Complicated The Closer A Deal Gets | Sam Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Negotiations over a budget framework to fund the government through the next two fiscal years are progressing better than initially expe...

Pelosi Makes Demand In Budget Talks

AP | Posted 12.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leader of House Democrats says her rank and file won't support any year-end budget deal unless it includes plans to extend exp...

Sam Stein

The Current Budget Negotiations May Actually Result In A Deal | Sam Stein | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers are close to a breakthrough on a budget deal that would avoid another government shutdown next year and provide relief for seq...

Sam Stein

Lawmakers Confront Major Sticking Point In Budget Negotiations | Sam Stein | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As a group of top lawmakers looks to hammer out a relatively small-bore budget agreement by mid-December, it's becoming increasingly app...

A Four-Point "Scorecard" for the Budget Talks

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 12.28.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The House-Senate budget negotiations scheduled to begin on Wednesday are an opportunity for our leaders to finally have a meaningful discussion about healing our damaged economy. That's the discussion Washington should have been having all along, but which it hasn't had yet.

HERE WE GO AGAIN | Posted 12.28.2013 | Politics

Just as the last invented Washington fiscal crisis fades from memory, the next one looms ahead, with little signs of optimism from either side of the ...

Ryan Presses Narrower Focus For Next Budget Fight

Reuters | Posted 12.24.2013 | Politics

* Ryan eyes savings from benefits programs * Lowered expectations seen improving chances for agreement * "Can we get som...

GOP Senator: 'No Common Ground' In Budget Talks With White House

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House and a breakout group of eight Republican senators have been unable to find agreement in their attempts at reaching a bip...

Obama Gets Back From Vacation With Crisis To Face

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Fresh from a weeklong vacation, President Barack Obama has to confront such issues as the crisis in Egypt and federal spending befo...

Reid 'Disappointed' Over GOP, White House Talks

Reuters | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics

* Reid "disappointed" with lack of Republican budget offers * Republicans: Obama tax demands a "sticking point" By David...

GOP Sending Mixed Messages About Obama Effort

Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

By JOSH LEDERMAN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — House Republicans are sending mixed signals in agreeing to meet with President Barack Obama f...

After Failed VP Bid, Ryan Returns To Comfortable Topic

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Paul Ryan is getting his groove back. A month after the GOP's presidential ticket lost an election, the party's vice presidential ...

Better Late Than Never

Robert Kuttner | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

In his budget proposal, the president offered no cuts in Social Security, and only $400 billion over 10 years in Medicare and other savings, money that can be gotten by allowing Medicare to negotiate bulk discounts with drug companies and other administrative savings, without raising the eligibility age or otherwise cutting into benefits. The Republicans, meanwhile are revealed as the people who would push the economy off a cliff in order to fight for tax breaks for the richest 2 percent; the party that would rather cut benefits in Medicare and Social Security than have the wealthy pay even the relatively low tax rates of the Clinton years. It was Winston Churchill who said that you can always count on Americans to do the right thing, after they've tried everything else. Obama, belatedly, is doing the right thing.

Jeffrey Young

Making Seniors Wait Until 67 To Join Medicare May Be Bad For Their Health | Jeffrey Young | Posted 11.12.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama and Congress are about to begin federal budget negotiations that may once again put older Americans in the crossh...

Ryan Grim

Where The Fiscal Cliff Talks Are Headed | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After bailing out a global financial crisis, enacting a series of major tax cuts for the wealthy and waging two unpaid-for wars, the U.S...

Key Decision Could Fix 'Big Mess,' But...

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A farm bill that stalled in Congress before the election could see quick action by the end of the year if congressional leaders decide t...

Fresh Fodder Delivered For Year-End Brawl Over Bush-Era Legislation

Reuters | Posted 08.05.2012 | Politics

* U.S. debt could reach 200 percent of GDP in 25 years-CBO * Letting Bush tax cuts expire cuts U.S. long-term debt load ...

Sara Kenigsberg

WATCH: Religious Leaders Pray For 'Just And Compassionate Budget’ | Sara Kenigsberg | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics

Every weekday at 12:30 p.m., religious leaders and their followers crowd onto the front lawn of the United Methodist Building near the U.S. Capitol to...

Kent Conrad on the 'Gang of Six' Talks

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Today, I asked Senator Kent Conrad whether a deal could be reached by the August 2 debt ceiling deadline. Here's what he had to say.

'Nothing Can Be Off-Limits'

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 09.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Saturday that "nothing can be off-limits" in the budget debate — even though Republicans have said t...

Budget Gimmicks Threaten To Undermine Debt Talks

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Negotiators seeking to carve trillions of dollars from the deficit are facing temptation to use iffy assumptions and outright gimmi...

Michael McAuliff

Tax Deadlock Looms In Debt Talks | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A deadlock in the high-stakes talks to raise America's debt limit loomed Friday as President Barack Obama and Republicans each drew line...

Jennifer Bendery

Bipartisan Hill Aides Begin Search For Common Ground On Deficit | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joseph Biden’s Thursday morning budget meeting with top lawmakers was little more than a chance for attendees to give i...

Joe Biden, Congressional Group Begin Budget Talks

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The GOP plan to replace Medicare with vouchers will have to wait, party leaders acknowledged Thursday as lawmakers and the White Ho...