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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...