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  • Do Nothing House Passed More Than 350 Bills That Sit on Harry Reid’s Desk

    08/03/2014 6:51:41 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8-1-2014 | Mike Opelka
    Blackburn told TheBlaze that 356 bills made it through the House and are languishing in the Senate. Additionally, according to the congresswoman, 98 percent of those bills were passed with bipartisan support. She also pointed out that 200 of the bills were passed in the House with unanimous support from the entire chamber and more than 100 were passed with 75% support of House Democrats. To make her point that the House is working, but the Senate is where the obstruction exists, Blackburn printed all of the bills that the House has passed and stacked them on a desk with...
  • Breaking: Obama to make a statement at 5:45 PM EST following fiscal cliff meeting-Live Thread[12-28]

    12/28/2012 2:45:39 PM PST · by John W · 167 replies ^ | December 28, 2012 | NBC News and wire services
    The highly-anticipated meeting came and went without any immediate clue from congressional lawmakers as to whether they had made any progress toward resolving the impending onset of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect on Jan. 1. But the president is scheduled to deliver a statement from the White House at 5:45 p.m. ET. A protracted stalemate between Obama-led Democrats and congressional Republicans had prompted Friday's last-ditch meeting.
  • White House delay of budget proposal infuriates Republicans

    01/23/2012 7:13:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    FOX ^ | January 23, 2012
    The White House is delaying for one week the release of President Obama's budget for the 2013 fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, a decision that administration officials say was based on "the need to finalize decisions and technical details" but which Republicans say is a direct violation of law. "This will mark the third time in four years the president has missed his statutory requirement to present a budget on time, while trillion-dollar budget deficits continue to mount. As the president announces another missed deadline, tomorrow marks the 1,000th day Senate Democrats have gone without any budget at all,"...
  • SHUTDOWN AVERTED: Lawmakers Reach Spending Deal

    12/15/2011 8:54:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/15/2011 | Zeke Miller
    Congressional lawmakers reached an agreement late Thursday to avoid a government shutdown this weekend, Democratic and Republican leaders will push for a final vote on the $1 trillion spending bill on Friday morning — hours before much of the federal government would have been forced to turn out the lights. The final bill removes several provisions of concern to President Barack Obama — including a measure to reinstate travel restrictions on Cuba, POLITICO reported. It also would ensure the Commodities Futures Trading Commission is fully funded next year. But Democrats had to drop their opposition to a ban prohibiting the...
  • Leaders block quick Senate vote on payroll tax

    12/14/2011 4:25:07 PM PST · by YankeeReb · 2 replies
    Associated Depressed ^ | December 14, 2011 | ALAN FRAM
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiations over a bill extending a payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits can begin as soon the Senate rejects a version the House approved despite a White House veto threat, the Senate's top Democrat said Wednesday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants his chamber to vote quickly on the House payroll tax bill, which includes Democratic-opposed spending cuts and language speeding work on an oil pipeline, to demonstrate how little support it has in the Senate. That could strengthen his hand in talks with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, over a compromise. "The sooner we put...
  • Boehner to Side with Dems to Avert Government Shutdown

    12/03/2011 10:32:13 AM PST · by Qbert · 81 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | December 01, 2011 | Chad Pergram, Fox News
    Another potential government shutdown could loom if Congress isn’t able to scramble soon and cobble together a big omnibus spending bill to keep the government open past Dec. 16. The current stopgap measure expires then. And only three of the 12 annual spending bills which run the federal government have been approved and signed into law. That means House and Senate appropriators are putting together a massive, omnibus spending bill which they hope to have prepared by Dec. 15. This would not be an interim bill, better known in Capitol Hill-ese as a Continuing Resolution, or CR, which funds government...
  • Mission Accomplished! Democrats Scuttle Super Committee, Can Now Blame GOP

    11/22/2011 10:58:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Rush ^ | November 22, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: So the inside-the-Beltway crowd is still wringing its hands today over the fact that there was no budget deal. The super committee failed to come to an agreement, and I'm blue in the face telling you that it behaved exactly as it was supposed to behave. It ended up doing exactly what it was supposed to do, and you're blue in the face hearing it. They were not supposed to come to an agreement. There was not supposed to be any kind of a deal. And, lo and behold, Obama held a five-minute press availability today. What...
  • Harry Reid: Regulations Don't Hurt Economy

    11/17/2011 7:01:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 1+ views ^ | November 17, 2011 | Bob Beauprez
    You have to wonder which hole in the sand Harry Reid has his head buried in.  Yesterday, in comments on the floor of the Senate, the Democrat Leader said the following: "While it's proper to guard against and remove onerous regulations, and we need to do that, my Republican friends have yet to produce a single shred of evidence that the regulations they hate so much do the broad economic harms they claim.  That's because there aren't any."Reid's denial is in large part his poor explanation for denying the Senate even one vote on any of the "Forgotten Fifteen" regulation...
  • Speaker Boehner: House Has Now Passed More Than 20 Bipartisan Jobs Bills

    11/03/2011 5:02:17 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Speaker Boehner: House Has Now Passed More Than 20 Bipartisan Jobs Bills WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 3) House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) applauded the House for passing two more bipartisan jobs bills tonight: the Access to Capital for Job Creators Act (H.R. 2940), introduced by Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and the Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act (H.R. 2930), introduced by Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC). Boehner released the following statement: “The House has now passed more than 20 bipartisan jobs bills so far this year. The bills approved tonight will make it easier for small businesses and start-ups to access the...
  • Senate Fails to Advance Democratic Jobs Measure for Teachers, First Responders

    10/20/2011 7:41:16 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 109 replies · 1+ views
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  • Democrats block GOP jobs bill over spending cuts

    10/20/2011 8:06:58 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 5 replies
    google ^ | 10/20/10 | ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has blocked Republican-backed legislation that would prevent the government from withholding 3 percent of payments to government contractors.The legislation failed to get the 60 votes needed to end a Democratic filibuster late Thursday. Many Democrats and President Barack Obama support the idea but opposed it Thursday because it would be paid for with $30 billion in cuts from domestic agency spending. The White House promised a veto.
  • Obama blasts, mocks Senate GOP

    10/17/2011 11:24:03 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/17/11 | Sam Youngman
    President Obama launched a three-day bus tour through two states critical to his 2012 reelection campaign by kicking Senate Republicans for blocking his jobs bill, saying he is breaking up his plan because "maybe they just couldn't understand the whole thing at once."
  • This Sunday: 900 Days Without a Senate Budget

    10/14/2011 3:19:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | October 14, 2011 | Guy Benson
    It's been awhile since we've harped on this unlawful, cowardly, and politically-calculated failure of Democrats in the Senate -- but the 900-day mark seems like as good an opportunity as any to refresh everyone's memory about just how derelict Reid's posse continues to be. Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Jeff Sessions pre-emptively mark this pitiful milestone with a scathing indictment : America is greatly in need of strong, competent leadership. Our nation’s total debt is now larger than our entire economy. Unemployment is painfully high and growth is painfully slow. Since taking office, the president has accelerated Washington’s reckless...
  • Senate Defeats Harry Reid's "Billionaire Tax"

    10/11/2011 4:29:58 PM PDT · by pabianice · 16 replies
    CSPAN | 10/11/11
    The US Senate just voted to defeat Harry reid's 5.6% added income tax on "billionaires" (those making over $1M/year). Two Dems joined 46 Repubs to kill the bill that needed 60 votes to continue.
  • Obama's Jobs Bill Fails to Advance in Senate Despite White House Push

    10/11/2011 4:52:18 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 11 replies · 1+ views ^ | 10/11/11 | Trish Turner, Mike Emanuel &AP
    President Obama's $447 billion jobs bill failed to clear a procedural hurdle in the Democratic-controlled Senate Tuesday night despite a White House push that accelerated in the 11th hour. The bill received a simply majority of 51 votes but fell short of the necessary 60 to end debate. Sens. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Jon Tester of Montana were the only Democrats to vote against the bill. Both of them are facing tough re-election campaigns next year. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., had said earlier that although he intended to vote in favor of ending the Republican filibuster, he did not...
  • Reid's ‘nuclear option’ changes rules, ends repeat filibusters

    10/06/2011 4:42:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 253 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 6, 2011 | Alexander Bolton
    In a shock development Thursday evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) triggered a rarely-used procedural option informally called the “nuclear option” to change the Senate rules. The surprise move stunned Republicans, who did not expect Reid to bring heavy artillery to what had appeared to have been a hum-drum legislative knife fight. Reid appealed a ruling from the chair that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) does not need consent to force a vote on a motion to suspend the rules to consider an amendment after cloture has already been approved. The maneuver is highly arcane but momentous. If...
  • Defiant Obama challenges GOP on jobs bill (but it was Democrat Reid that blocked the "jobs bill")

    10/06/2011 10:30:48 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 24 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/6/2011 | Ben Feller/ AP
    Defiant and frustrated, President Barack Obama aggressively challenged Republicans Thursday to get behind his jobs plan or explain why not, declaring that if Congress fails to act "the American people will run them out of town." The president used a White House news conference to attempt to heighten the pressure he's sought to create on the GOP by traveling around the country, into swing states and onto the home turf of key Republican foes including House Speaker John Boehner and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Giving a bit of ground on his own plan, he endorsed a new proposal by Senate...
  • Senate Passes Stopgap Spending Bill to Avert Shutdown

    09/26/2011 5:30:52 PM PDT · by cc2k · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 26, 2011
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted Monday night to send a temporary spending bill to the House to avoid a government shutdown, Democrats and Republicans appeared to have reached a final-hour resolution to an impasse over disaster aid. The vote in the Senate was 79 to 12 to fund the government through Nov. 18, giving the two sides more time to haggle over long-term spending levels. The Senate also approved an even shorter-term spending bill -- funding the government into next week -- by a voice vote to give the House time to reconvene and approve the followup legislation.<snip>"Senate Democrats have...
  • Obama Lies about the ‘Do-Nothing Congress’

    09/26/2011 8:30:29 AM PDT · by bt579 · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | Deroy Murdock
    ‘This Congress, they are accustomed to doing nothing, and they’re comfortable with doing nothing, and they keep on doing nothing,” President Obama whined at a September 15 Democratic National Committee gathering in a private Washington residence. Now that his “Blame Bush” hobby horse finally has retired to the glue factory, Obama resorts to pinning America’s woes on the “Do-Nothing Congress.” If only these parliamentarians would stop taking endless lunches, sipping cocktails at Capitol Hill happy hours, and napping at their desks, America might have some chance of returning to normal.
  • Senate rejects House approved funding bill (So who is the Party of NO now?)

    09/23/2011 12:13:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/23/2011 | Jazz Shaw
    The first observation I noted on Twitter about this breaking story was, “So who is the Party of No now?”After we FINALLY got a continuing resolution out of the House to keep the government running past the end of the month, the Senate has turned around and rejected it. I don’t know how this movie ends, but I’m fairly sure it’s going straight to DVD. The Senate on Friday rejected the GOP-led House’s bill to avert a government shutdown, intensifying a partisan standoff that many in Congress hoped to avoid. The vote was 59-36.Democrats in the Senate, who are in...
  • Republicans ask Obama to send Congress trade pacts (South Korea, Panama and Colombia)

    09/07/2011 2:54:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/7/11 | Doug Palmer - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly a dozen Republican senators on Wednesday urged President Barack Obama to quickly send Congress three long-delayed trade deals that they said would help put Americans back to work. "If the president really cares about jobs, he will send up the agreements immediately," Senator Rob Portman told reporters, referring to deals with South Korea, Panama and Colombia signed more than four years ago. With Obama set to outline his ideas for reducing high U.S. unemployment in a speech on Thursday night, Senator Mike Johanns urged the president to announce that he will send the pacts to Congress...
  • Why are three free-trade deals languishing on Obama’s desk?

    09/06/2011 5:02:30 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 5 | Mitch McConnell
    According to the White House, President Obama has been huddling with advisers on a jobs plan he’ll present to Congress this week. One thing he could do immediately is finalize the free-trade deals with Colombia, South Korea and Panama that have been languishing on his desk. For nearly three years, Republicans and a number of Democrats have been calling on the president to approve these deals to create a level playing field with America’s competitors overseas, vastly expand the market for U.S. goods, strengthen our ties with three important allies and create jobs for Americans. Yet the deals have been...
  • Dem official: Murray to be debt panel co-chair

    08/09/2011 6:50:04 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 8, 2011 | ANDREW TAYLOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Tuesday he's naming Sen. Patty Murray to co-chair a powerful "super committee" charged with finding more than $1 trillion in deficit cuts this fall. Murray will be joined by Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Max Baucus, D-Mont., on the panel, which was established last week by hard-fought legislation to increase the national debt.
  • 'Cut, Cap, and Balance' (What do you think now, Reid?)

    08/08/2011 6:02:27 PM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 29 replies
    (vanity) | August 8, 2011 | Lancey Howard
    Three weeks ago on Tuesday, July 19 the House handily passed the bill known as "Cut, Cap, and Balance" by a vote of 234 to 190. The plan imposed caps on federal spending as a percentage of GDP and allowed a debt ceiling increase of $2.4 trillion in exchange for approval by both the Senate and House of a balanced budget amendment.Three days later, the bill was killed in the Senate on a party line vote of 51 - 46. Harry Reid had effectively proclaimed the bill dead on arrival when he called it "the single worst piece of legislation...
  • Reid:S&P downgrade backs Dems' call for more revenue

    08/06/2011 8:43:43 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 109 replies
    TheHill ^ | 08/05/11 | Jamie Klatell
    Standard & Poor's decision to downgrade the nation's credit rating reinforces Democrats' call for increasing tax revenue, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Friday.
  • No Bounce From Debt Ceiling Vote, Japan Diving (Nikkei -1.2%)

    08/01/2011 7:16:37 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies
    TBI ^ | 8-1-2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    No Bounce From Debt Ceiling Vote, Japan Diving Joe Weisenthal Aug. 1, 2011, 9:44 PM So far no special "relief rally" from The House voting to raise the debt ceiling. Futures aren't doing much of anything. And Japan is markedly lower.
  • Reid: Republicans Must Work With Democrats On The Only Option Left To Avert Default,Save Our Economy

    07/30/2011 2:23:05 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 66 replies
    United States Senate Democrats ^ | July 30,2011 | U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
    Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the only viable debt ceiling compromise to avert a default. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:Republicans leaders in the House of Representatives wasted this week pursuing a right-wing proposal they knew from the start could not pass the Senate.From the very beginning the Speaker’s Band-Aid approach was fatally flawed – it would have put us back in this incredible position, fighting the clock to prevent financial collapse, in just a few weeks.It was a concession to Tea Party extremists, yet it...
  • Reid alters debt plan to attract GOP support (Give Reid the same courtesy, FILIBUSTER IT!)

    07/29/2011 8:58:12 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/29/2011 | Alexander Bolton and Josiah Ryan
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has revised his plan to raise the debt limit in a last-ditch bid to attract Republican support. The biggest change is that Reid would give the president almost unilateral power to raise the debt limit, borrowing an idea introduced by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Reid would have President Obama request a $2.4 trillion debt-limit increase in two installments of $1.2 trillion each. The requests would be subject to congressional resolutions of disapproval, but these would do little to restrict the president.
  • Senate kills Boehner debt ceiling plan

    07/29/2011 5:50:43 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 262 replies ^ | July 29 2011 | P. Conner
    The Senate voted to kill a House-approved bill to raise the debt ceiling, leaving the ball in the court of Senate leadership to produce a deficit reduction bill, with just days before the Aug. 2 deadline. The vote was 59-41. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid followed through on his promise to kill the bill, pushed through the House a day late by House Speaker John Boehner. The White House, which has thrown its weight behind a Reid proposal, had promised to veto the bill had it miraculously passed the Senate. The Senate also killed the Cut, Cap, Balance Act last...
  • Republican senators consider backing Reid debt plan

    07/29/2011 3:01:27 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 59 replies
    cBS News ^ | July 29, 2011 | Stephanie Condon
    The House plans on voting on Speaker John Boehner's debt limit plan this evening, but with its demise imminent in the Senate, some Senate Republicans are considering getting behind Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's alternative plan. "I voted for cut, cap, and balance,'" Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts said today, in reference to the House Republicans' initial debt limit plan. "I'll vote for Boehner, and I'll vote for Reid. I've already said that. We need to move our country forward. It's time." Senate Democrats have promised to reject Boehner's plan, which would only extend the nation's borrowing authority for...
  • Pres. Obama's debt reduction plan

    07/29/2011 12:56:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Twitter ^ | 7/29/11 | Cong. Tom Rooney (R-FL)
    Click on the above. Sorry, can't reproduce the linked PDF file.
  • Reid: No Dem votes for Boehner plan [all 53 Dems will be a no vote]

    07/27/2011 4:53:05 PM PDT · by ejdrapes · 79 replies
    Politico ^ | July 27, 2011 | Scott Wong and Manu Raju
    Reid: No Dem votes for Boehner plan By: Scott Wong and Manu Raju July 27, 2011 01:40 PM EDT Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Wednesday that no Democrat in the Senate would vote for Speaker John Boehner’s debt-ceiling plan should it pass the House, where it’s come under fire from conservatives groups and tea-party lawmakers for not going far enough to cut spending. The plan is a “big, wet kiss to the right wing,” Reid said at a packed Capitol Hill news conference. The entire 53-member Democratic caucus signed a letter opposing Boehner’s plan. Democratic leaders also signaled that...
  • Reports: House GOP lining up behind Boehner’s plan (the GOP has sold the tea party out)

    07/27/2011 1:50:33 PM PDT · by teg_76 · 104 replies
    Hotair ^ | 7/27/11 | Allahpundit
    [T]he opposition bloc led by [Jim] Jordan appears to be crumbling, as leadership’s message seems to be sinking in. Sources tells NRO that a number of members who were confirmed no votes against the Boehner plan announced during the meeting that they would be voting yes. One of those members, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R., Texas) told reporters that while he would like to “snap my fingers and change the world like ‘I Dream of Genie’ of Samantha on ‘Bewitched,’” Republicans “need to take what we can get.”…
  • CBO Finds Reid Plan $0.5 Trillion Short Of $2.7 Trillion Promised; Actual Cuts Are $375 Billion

    07/27/2011 9:17:52 AM PDT · by Nobel_1 · 23 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7/27/2011 | Zero Hedge
    The CBO has just released its analysis of his so-called "Reid plan", which will only generate $2.2 trillion in savings, half a trillion short of the promised $2.7 trillion. But wait, it gets far, far more idiotic. Per the CBO "The caps on appropriations of new budget authority excluding war-related funding start at $1,045 billion in 2012 and reach $1,228 billion in 2021" - that's right: savings from not fighting future wars - a cool trillion. But wait there's more: "The legislation also would impose caps of $127 billion for 2012 and $450 billion over the 2013-2021 period on budget...
  • Congress Warned of Credit 'Downgrade' if War Savings Counted as Deficit Reduction

    07/25/2011 3:41:48 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/25/2011 | By Judson Berger
    Senate Democrats' inclusion in their proposed debt package of $1 trillion in savings from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may not satisfy ratings agencies threatening a credit downgrade since the wars were expected to end with or without a debt deal. The budget gimmick is one that has been used by both parties. President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner had earlier considered employing it during discussions that have since broken down. Now Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid is using the trick in his $2.7 trillion deficit-reduction plan, according to aides. Boehner has not indicated where he would draw...
  • Obama kills bipartisan deal, then Reid resorts to smoke and mirrors

    07/25/2011 2:31:50 PM PDT · by MissesBush · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/25/11 | Jennifer Rubin
    As I reported earlier, the president rejected a bipartisan congressional deal that would have calmed the markets, resolved the debt-ceiling crisis and restored faith in Washington politicians. President Obama was having none of it, demonstrating once and for all that the problem is NOT the House Republicans, but the election-obsessed White House. So then the parties begin to devise separate congressional plans. The Post reports, “Senate Democrats are preparing to introduce legislation that would avert a national default on Aug. 2 and achieve $2.7 trillion in deficit savings over the next decade without raising taxes.” But Senate Majority Leader Harry...
  • Geithner: Never Thought Debt Talks Would Come 'This Close to The Edge'

    07/24/2011 7:33:52 PM PDT · by Son House · 63 replies · 1+ views
    FOXNEWS ^ | July 24, 2011 |
    <p>Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said Sunday that he did not initially think lawmakers would bring the debt-ceiling negotiations "this close to the edge," appearing taken aback by the lingering distance between the two sides with an Aug. 2 deadline looming.</p>
  • Obama confers with Democratic leaders on debt (Never believe a lying Rat)

    07/24/2011 6:45:59 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 15 replies
    msnbc ^ | 7/24/2011 | msnbc
    President Barack Obama conferred with Democratic congressional leaders at the White House Sunday night over the political stalemate that has prevented the government from raising the $14.3 trillion limit on its borrowing. Faced with an Aug. 2 deadline — the day the government exhausts its borrowing authority — Senate Democrats have designed a plan to require $2.5 trillion in deficit reductions over ten years while giving Obama the 17 percent increase in the borrowing limit that he is seeking. The plan would rely on spending cuts and would not include tax increases. News of Obama's meeting came as Boehner was...
  • No debt deal in sight, parties go separate ways-Reid/Pelosi meeting with Obama at 6PM

    07/24/2011 3:31:15 PM PDT · by Jean S · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/24/11 | JAKE SHERMAN & MANU RAJU & JOHN BRESNAHAN
    With no agreement reached by Sunday afternoon, House and Senate leaders appear to be moving in their own direction with competing plans to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, showing a major discord on Capitol Hill with eight days until the United States defaults on its $14.3 trillion debt. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) began to draft his own legislation Sunday that would slash at least $2.5 trillion to match an extension of the nation’s borrowing limit through the 2012 election, leadership aides said. Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi are heading to the White House at 6 p.m....
  • Reid to offer $2.5 trillion debt deal with NO TAXES?

    07/24/2011 2:37:05 PM PDT · by SDShack · 118 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7/24/2011 | CNN Twitter
    Just out from CNN's Lisa Desjardins BREAKING - NEW Dem. debt plan: Reid to offer at "least $2.5 Trillion" in deficit redux w/ no revenue increases, Dem. source tells CNN. NEW REID PLAN: "At least $2.5 T in deficit redux" w/ no revenue increases. BUT, unclear what baseline he's using and what he'd cut. REID PLAN: Dem aide tells our @tedbarrettcnn they think it meets GOP call for dollar-for-dollar spending cuts with debt increase.
  • Obama to meet top Democratic allies on debt(Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi)

    07/24/2011 2:40:57 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 12 replies
    yahoo ^ | July 24, 2011 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama was to meet with his top Democratic allies in the US Congress at 6:00 pm (2200 GMT) Sunday to discuss efforts to avert a disastrous US debt default, an official said. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi were due at the White House with jittery world markets eyeing Washington for signs of a breakthrough, the Democratic official said.
  • Obama, Dem leaders to meet as debt crisis deepens

    07/24/2011 2:31:23 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 24, 2011
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will meet with the top Senate and House Democrats Sunday night amid the nation's deepening political standoff over the federal debt. The White House said late Sunday afternoon that Obama had invited Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi to the Oval Office.
  • Oh my: CCB bill gets 2-1 approval among adults in CNN poll

    07/21/2011 6:18:37 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | July21,2011 | Ed Morrissey
    One has to go thirteen paragraphs into the story to find CNN addressing this at all: Republicans like the “cut, cap, and balance” approach to the debt ceiling, as do Democrats and independents. Most Americans support a balanced budget amendment, and most, but not as many, think an amendment is necessary to get federal spending under control. A balanced budget amendment passed the House earlier this week, but a vote in the Senate is expected to fail. Er, yeah. In other words, a consensus exists across all political lines that the CCB/BBA approach would be a good idea. When one...
  • FAA deadline looms

    07/21/2011 4:18:17 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 1 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 07/21/11 | LAURA HAUTALA
    A House version of the bill includes labor provisions that remove union powers, and removes funding for some rural airports in states led by Democratic senators like Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.). Rockefeller said last week the Senate will not pass the House bill.
  • Reid:It Is Time For Reasonable Republicans To Compromise For The Good Of The Country

    07/21/2011 3:36:23 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 86 replies
    United States Senate Democrats ^ | Jul 21, 2011 | U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following remarks today on the Senate floor about averting a default crisis. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:We have 12 days left before our nation does the unthinkable: forever undermines the full faith and credit of our great country.As members of Congress, we come from 50 states, but we serve one nation.The American people deserve better than leaders who each stake out their own radical positions, forsaking the good of that nation. The American people expect us to find common ground no matter how difficult it may seem.Every reasonable...
  • Reid calls House 'untoward' for taking weekend off (The House Republicans did their jobs)

    07/21/2011 9:37:52 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 30 replies
    msnbc ^ | 7/21/2011 | Kelly O’Donnell and Libby Leist
    This morning on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Harry Reid publically vented his clear frustration with House Republicans over the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations. “Let me get this off my chest,” he said, calling it “untoward” that the House is not in session this weekend. He warned Congress has "days, not weeks" to get this done. He complained that the Senate is in a holding pattern, waiting for action from the House. “I think it is just untoward,” said Reid. “That's the kindest word I can say to the House of Representatives, out this weekend … what a bad picture...
  • Live Thread -- Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Censure Resolution of Bush on NSA Surveillance

    03/31/2006 7:19:42 AM PST · by TomGuy · 358 replies · 12,537+ views
    CSPAN ^ | March 31, 2006
    Now showing on CSPAN 1 Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Censuring the President for NSA Surveillance
  • U.S. Chief Justice Rehnquist dead at 80 (Kennedy demands that Roberts hearing being postponed)

    09/04/2005 3:04:28 AM PDT · by Uncle Joe Cannon · 127 replies · 4,230+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/4
    -snip- HIGH COURT SUCCESSOR Rehnquist's death raised the possibility the hearings on Roberts' nomination could be postponed and gave Bush the opportunity of nominating Roberts as chief justice, a possibility administration officials have talked about in the event Rehnquist died. Sen. Edward Kennedy (news, bio, voting record), a Massachusetts Democrat, said the consideration of successors to Rehnquist and O'Connor should be held off to allow the Bush administration and Congress to focus on the Katrina disaster. "We should proceed carefully and appropriately in filling these important vacancies. With Justice O'Connor committing to stay until her replacement is named, we can...

    08/03/2002 6:01:53 PM PDT · by PhiKapMom · 79 replies · 378+ views
    Various sources | 3 August 2002 | Freeper Research
    DASCHLE'S DEMOCRAT SENATE: A RECORD OF INACTION AND FAILURE Daschle's Democrats Fail To Act On Homeland Security And Prescription Drug Coverage, Still Have No Budget ______________________________________ DASCHLE AND THE DEMOCRAT SENATE REFUSED TO ALLOW A VOTE ON HOMELAND SECURITY PRESIDENT BUSH PROVIDED VISION: President Bush Proposed A Department Of Homeland Security. "The Department of Homeland Security will be charged with four primary tasks. This new agency will control our borders and prevent terrorists and explosives from entering our country. It will work with state and local authorities to respond quickly and effectively to emergencies. It will bring together our best...