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Continuing Resolution

The Bill to End the Shutdown and Default... and to Prevent it in the Future

Paul Abrams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The president says he wants a clean continuing resolution (CR) and a clean debt-ceiling hike. The reason he gives is that agreeing to anything else is license for further abuse.

Death Panel

Jonathan Richards | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


Flailing and Failing

Jared Bernstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

The more President Obama and Harry Reid assert their simple strategy -- we won't negotiate under these conditions; pass a clean budget patch and debt ceiling bill and then we'll talk -- the wilder the House Republicans are getting.

Sam Stein

The Grand Bargain Returns, Then Dies Once More | Sam Stein | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The ghost of failed grand bargains past emerged on Wednesday, only to be pushed back into the grave by lawmakers trying to negotiate an ...

What Reid, Pelosi, and Obama Should Say Now

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If there was some underlying "cut deficits" strategy to the Republican shutdown, then why would the House have passed a budget bill on the brink of the shutdown which increased the debt by $29 billion?

Obama To Wall Street: You Should Be Scared

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A self-described "exasperated" President Barack Obama told Wall Street CEOs on Wednesday that they should not take for granted that the ...

Transparency Groups to Congress: Appropriations Logjam Hurts Democracy

Jo Comerford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jo Comerford

National Priorities Project (NPP), Center for Effective Government, and the Sunlight Foundation today released a joint letter to the leaders of the U....

Don't Reward the Politics of Blackmail, or We'll See More Shutdowns

Bob Greenstein | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

More than the fate of health reform (and whether millions of uninsured Americans get health coverage) is at stake in the battle over the government shutdown. How well -- or poorly -- our democracy functions is increasingly on the line.

Jennifer Bendery

Republicans Drop Birth Control Demand | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans aren't attaching a birth control provision to the latest version of their government-funding bill. The so-called "c...

GOP Congressman Calls Fellow Republicans 'Lemmings With Suicide Vests'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) sharply criticized his fellow House Republicans on Monday, saying it's "moronic" for them to let the government shut down ...

Shutdown Turns Americans Into Captives in Need of Delivery

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 11.30.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Tea Party Republicans, who so often argue that America is a Christian nation, have turned their back on the most basic of Christian values: concern for those in poverty, compassion, justice, and setting the captives free.

Good Grief! How Did We End Up on the Verge of Another Government Shutdown?

Scott Lilly | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Scott Lilly

The backbenchers that have engineered this train wreck may not be embarrassed by their handiwork, but party veterans clearly want no part of it.

Michael McAuliff

Schumer: 'I Am So Disappointed' In Boehner | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) compared House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) unfavorably to his counterpart in the Senate, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell ...

Business As Usual: A Tale of Two Sectors

Tim Delaney | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Tim Delaney

As the clock ticks down towards the latest two federal fiscal crises manufactured by politicians, charitable nonprofits prepare for business as usual: doing even more to serve the American people.

Sam Stein

House Hardliners Shoot Down Colleagues For Saying A Clean Continuing Resolution Could Pass | Sam Stein | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans once again find themselves in disagreement, this time over how many of their GOP colleagues would actually support a b...

All Eyes On Senate As Government Shutdown Looms

Posted 11.29.2013 | Politics

By ANDREW TAYLOR, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- A conservative challenge to the president's health care law has the federal government teeteri...

Ryan Grim

GOP Lawmakers: House Could End Standoff With Up-Or-Down Vote | Ryan Grim | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Throughout the budget showdown, the mantra of tea party Republicans, led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), has been "make DC listen." On Tw...

Sam Stein

Rand Paul: Obama's The One Being Inflexible | Sam Stein | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If the government were to shut down because of a failure to find an agreement on the future of Obamacare, it will entirely the president...

Sam Stein

House GOP Will Try To Alter Obamacare Again If Senate Rejects Current Attempt | Sam Stein | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Even if the House of Representatives has to pass a third version of a continuing resolution to fund the government, it will include a pr...

Kate Sheppard

House Republican Spending Bill Would Allow Employers To Opt Out Of Birth Control Coverage | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans included a so-called "conscience clause" in the government funding bill in a plan they approved early Sunday. The H...

Luke Johnson

GOP Rep. Sees Path Out Of A Shutdown | Luke Johnson | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While most House Republicans walked out of a meeting Saturday boasting that a new measure linking an Obamacare delay to funding the gove...

Arthur Delaney

Government Shutdown Is Bad News For Women, Infants | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An increasingly likely government shutdown won't affect most of the federal government's safety net, like retirement and health insuranc...

Love Thy Economy as Thyself

Anat Shenker-Osorio | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Anat Shenker-Osorio

The economy doesn't actually have needs, desires or preferences - we do. If our elected representatives, now working on the economy's behalf, want to screw us, we at least deserve dinner first. Something a little nicer than you can purchase with food stamps.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Rand Paul: Ted Cruz's Obamacare Gambit Will Fail | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was bemoaning the "defeatist attitude" of his fellow Republican senators, his close ally Sen. Rand Paul (R...

DC To Defy Government Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The District of Columbia won't play along with a government shutdown if Congress fails to pass a basic spending bill by Monday night, Ma...