Shutdown fears guide Senate Republicans to vote for bad budget deal

By Robert Romano Update:  The Senate has advanced the budget deal by a vote of 67 to 33, with 12 Republicans voting in favor. Senate passage of a two-year budget deal brokered by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) appears all but certain, with at least six Senate Republicans planning on voting in favor of cloture, reports […]

10.24.2013 in Big Government, Featured, Government Shutdown, ObamaCare, Politics by Rick Manning 12

Obama owes America an apology

By Rick Manning President Obama owes Ted Cruz and Mike Lee along with House Republicans an apology.  He owes the tea party an apology.  In fact, he owes all of America an apology. For weeks, Obama and his minions refused offer after offer that would have delayed implementation of Obamacare for a year.  They not only refused to even talk […]

17 House Republicans collapse under pressure less than 40 hours into shutdown

By Robert Romano House Democrats in the weeks leading up to the partial shutdown of the federal government on October 1 have needed at least 17 of their Republican colleagues to join with them in order to pass a so-called “clean” continuing resolution that would allow funding for Obamacare to be implemented. On October 2, barely a day and a […]

Republicans must show that they are serious about spending cuts

By Adam Bitely — Republicans in Congress have a real chance to show that they are serious about cutting spending with the upcoming sequestration cuts. If they hold firm on this, this will be the first example that they are willing to actually make cuts instead of negotiate deals with Democrats that only increase the spending and the debt. There […]

House Speaker Election Open Thread

UPDATE 12:00 PM: Click here to watch a live feed of the House. By Adam Bitely — This afternoon the Speaker of the House will be elected for the 113th Congress. As we noted yesterday, rumors are running wild on Capitol Hill that Boehner will fall short of the necessary 218 votes to secure the speakership. Outgoing Rep. Jeff Landry […]

Is Boehner done?

UPDATE at 9:40 AM: The Boston Globe has endorsed Boehner for Speaker because he will keep Tea Party “extremists” from being relevant in Congress… “For placing ideological purity over compromise, and a willingness to use procedural mechanisms to gum up Congress in order to get his way, Cantor would be a poor choice. Americans who want a more cooperative approach […]

The 85 House Republicans that supported the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ deal

Here are the names of the 85 Republicans that supported the ‘fiscal cliff’ deal in the House: Alexander Barletta Bass (NH) Benishek Biggert Bilbray Boehner Bono Mack Brady (TX) Buchanan Calvert Camp Coble Cohen Cole Crenshaw Denham Dent Diaz-Balart Dold Dreier Emerson Fitzpatrick Fortenberry Frelinghuysen Gallegly Gerlach Gibson Grimm Hanna Hastings (WA) Hayworth Heck Herger Herrera Beutler Johnson (IL) Johnson […]

The House GOP has a spending problem

By Adam Bitely — House Republicans were given a majority in Congress in the 2010 mid-term elections to fight back against the explosion of government spending. Instead of fighting back, they seem to mostly be rolling over on one of the most important issues that Congress will deal with this decade. Just as recently as July 18, Republicans were presented […]

06.14.2012 in Congress, Featured, House, Politics by Bill Wilson 1

House to consider mere 1-year extension of tax rates

By Bill Wilson — If House Republicans believed in anything, they would vote to make the current tax rates permanent, send that to the Senate, and make that the only option to prevent the nation from driving off the fiscal cliff at year’s end. And if Harry Reid doesn’t want to go along with it, then it’s on him. It […]

Are earmarks returning?

By Adam Bitely — After just 14 months at the levers of power of the House, it appears that some House Republicans are ready to admit that they have been unsuccessful in kicking their spending addictions. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) is suggesting to House Republicans that the ban on earmarking be lifted so that members of Congress could “grease the […]

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