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Massachusetts Voters Have the Chance to Vote on Budget Priorities

(1) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 2:37 PM

The Budget for All, a budget alternative adopted by the Congressional Progressive Caucus and supported by 78 members of the House of Representatives during a floor vote this past spring, is back in the limelight as a referendum on Massachusetts ballots this November.

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Five Things to Remember in the Debt Ceiling Debate

(66) Comments | Posted July 28, 2011 | 10:07 PM

Each day brings seemingly dozens of updates on the budget negotiations surrounding the debt ceiling debate. Over the last few weeks, there have been major addresses to the nation by President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner; the progress and then dissolution of Vice President Joe Biden's negotiation group; various...

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Squashing the Debate Over Spending Caps

(1) Comments | Posted June 29, 2011 | 4:20 PM

The debate over the debt limit has taken on a life of its own, with many lawmakers taking the stance that they will oppose any increase to the debt ceiling if Congress doesn't pass a balanced budget amendment and/or spending cap legislation. A number of spending cap ideas...

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How to Lose Over a Million Jobs

(16) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 4:02 PM

Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner recently proposed a two-step job creation plan consisting of a full extension of Bush-era tax changes and cuts to domestic spending. His plan calls on Congress to cut non-security related spending back to fiscal year 2008 levels and to enact a two-year freeze on...

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