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Fiscal Cliff Congress

Michael McAuliff

Senate Votes For Deal On Wrong Side Of Fiscal Cliff | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress stumbled ingloriously off Capitol Hill New Year's Eve, with the Senate passing a "fiscal cliff" deal two hours after the deadli...

Averting the Fiscal Cliff: Retired Postal Worker Shames One Percent

Janet Mason | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics
Janet Mason

The U.S. Treasury Department has been taking contributions toward the national debt since 1961. The largest single donation, made in 1992, was $3.5 million. Most contributions have been under $100 dollars.

Cliff-Jumping Is The New Normal

Howard Fineman | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics
Howard Fineman

The cliff we fell off on New Year's Eve is just the first of many.

Michael McAuliff

Congress Is Still Stuck At Edge Of Fiscal Cliff | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With less than a day and a half before the nation hits the so-called fiscal cliff, Senate leaders declared Sunday afternoon they had mad...

Fiscal Cliffhanging

Bill Nye | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics
Bill Nye

Right away, everyone wants to know what's to be cut. Whatever you all settle on cutting, it should not be science. Investment in science is investment in innovation. New ideas are what keep the U.S. economy driving forward.

Going Over the Cliff Is the Only Way to Save the Government

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

If the deal is reached, the Republicans have won: they have locked in a federal tax system that collects so little total federal revenue that government can afford almost nothing aside from the military, interest payments, retirement programs and health care.

The Sensible Center: The Challenge of an Intergenerational Compact

George Rupp | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics
George Rupp

I call on all of us regardless of age to forge a compact that will undergird the United States in the decades ahead. It will require that we resist so focusing on the needs of seniors that we fail to invest in young people and therefore neglect our children and grandchildren.

Ryan Grim

Fiscal Fail: Don't Believe The Cliff Hype | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Jan. 1, 2000, the world awoke to find that little had changed since the night before. After years of hype around what was then called...

Michael McAuliff

House Spikes Plan B Vote In Step Toward Fiscal Cliff | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) failed to muscle a controversial fiscal cliff fallback through the House Thursday night, suddenly pu...

Ryan Grim

Filibuster Reform Threatened By Fiscal Cliff | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Filibuster reform has a number of obstacles in front of it, but one that advocates didn't foresee could make the effort that much tricki...

Conservatives Issue 'Outrage' Threat To Boehner Amid 'Panic'

Salon | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

A group of big right-wing activists wrote an open letter to House and Senate Republicans, telling them they are “entering into a period of testing,...

African American Leaders Meet at the White House on the Fiscal Cliff

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 02.10.2013 | Black Voices
John W. Boyd Jr.

The Republican Party rejects the word "mandate," but the president is moving forward with the agenda that a majority of us went to the polls to deliver to him.

Poll Shows Majority Of Voters Believe Deficit Talks Doomed

The Hill | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics

A clear majority of voters expect President Obama and Congress will fail to reach a deal to prevent spending cuts and tax hikes on millions of househo...

NOW to Dems: Don't Make Deals With Our Fiscal Future

Terry O'Neill | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Negotiation and bipartisanship sound like nice concepts, but not when they produce policies that harm the middle class, the poor and our nation's economy.

Can the President Raise the Debt Limit?

Michael S. Lofgren | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics
Michael S. Lofgren

I am sure we have all had it up to here with breathless reporting about the fiscal cliff. But within a month or two after the December 31, 2012 deadline for resolving the cliff, there looms another, more serious economic issue: extending the debt limit.

Arthur Delaney

Fiscal Cliff Cuts: Democrats Divided Over Whether To Put Social Security 'On The Table' | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Top Democrats in Congress on Tuesday signaled their willingness to consider cuts to social insurance programs as part of a broader budge...