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December 12, 2013
18:49 // 4 months ago
October 16, 2013
22:26 // 6 months ago
October 15, 2013

Treasury Department’s “extraordinary measures” are running out

  • $35Bcash on hand remaining for the U.S. Treasury Department, an amount they’ve been directing through so-called “extraordinary measures” (accounting tricks with government funds, essentially) to try to keep paying the bills. That maneuvering and wrangling is expected to run out of steam soon, however — the Treasury estimates they’ll run out of ways to pay on Thursday. source

18:56 // 6 months ago
October 8, 2013
Seems some poor fan had a frustrating last night, as his Atlanta Braves crashed in the 8th-inning and were knocked out of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Dodgers. So, seemingly also frustrated by the advent of shutdown politics, he authored this tongue-in-cheek plea to his member of congress. When will baseball finally bend to the will of the people and defund Juan Uribe? (via Craig Calcaterra) source

Seems some poor fan had a frustrating last night, as his Atlanta Braves crashed in the 8th-inning and were knocked out of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Dodgers. So, seemingly also frustrated by the advent of shutdown politics, he authored this tongue-in-cheek plea to his member of congress. When will baseball finally bend to the will of the people and defund Juan Uribe? (via Craig Calcaterra) source

19:01 // 6 months ago
October 5, 2013

Non-controversial issue of the day: Paying federal employees for lost work

  • 407-0 the rate at which the House voted on a bill which would allow for the back-pay of federal employees affected by the shutdown—though it didn’t come without a little anger against the circumstances that led to the bill. (The bill is expected to pass the Senate.) Shortly after, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sent out an order requesting that most defense employees return to work. source
17:49 // 6 months ago
April 25, 2013

McCain says immigration reform might sail through the Senate

70+ votes for immigration reform in the Senate? That sounds rather crazy, but John McCain thinks “it’s doable.” There’s a feeling amongst some of the senators working on the legislation that if the bill gains majority support from both parties in the Senate, the House won’t have any choice but to put it to a vote. We are skeptical that either of those things will happen, let alone both. source

15:02 // 11 months ago
February 27, 2013
Finally, Congress will reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act: The legislation, dreamed up and championed in 1994 by then-Senator Joe Biden, died in the House last year when the Republican leadership refused to put it to a vote (it had already passed the Senate). The problem, if you want to put it that way, was that Senate Democrats had modified the legislation to add protections for LGBT women, Native Americans and undocumented immigrants. John Boehner and company objected to these additions so strongly that they refused to let the House vote on it, despite indications that it would pass if they did. Today, Boehner relented, and will allow the House to vote on the bill. It’s expected to pass and will likely land on the President’s desk at the end of the week. (Photo: Getty images) source

Finally, Congress will reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act: The legislation, dreamed up and championed in 1994 by then-Senator Joe Biden, died in the House last year when the Republican leadership refused to put it to a vote (it had already passed the Senate). The problem, if you want to put it that way, was that Senate Democrats had modified the legislation to add protections for LGBT women, Native Americans and undocumented immigrants. John Boehner and company objected to these additions so strongly that they refused to let the House vote on it, despite indications that it would pass if they did. Today, Boehner relented, and will allow the House to vote on the bill. It’s expected to pass and will likely land on the President’s desk at the end of the week. (Photo: Getty images) source

18:02 // 1 year ago
February 20, 2013
Because the sequester is (and is likely to continue to be) very ill-defined in the minds of most Americans, the politics of it will devolve into a popularity contest between the major players. Which gets us to the fact that Obama is at (or close to) his high-water mark in terms of job approval, while Congress sits in political reporter/used car salesman territory.
The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, theorizing that there’s no way possible way Congress can win the sequester battle against President Obama. The thinking here is is based on three premises: One, that Obama believes the sequester ultimately will not be avoided, because Congress is dysfunctional and if they could have struck a deal on these cuts, there wouldn’t have been a sequester to begin with; two, that effects of the sequestered cuts will be felt by many Americans once they come into effect; and three, that Obama is significantly more popular than Congress. Given these three assumptions, it seems reasonable enough to conclude that if the sequester happens, Congress—and the GOP-led House of Representatives—will be blamed by the American public. It’s not a bad theory, though it’s still quite speculative given the assumptions. More information on the sequester here. source
19:32 // 1 year ago
February 12, 2013
sonicbloom11:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor tweeting in support of Dream Act during State of the Union.

This seems rather significant, no?

sonicbloom11:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor tweeting in support of Dream Act during State of the Union.

This seems rather significant, no?

22:04 // 1 year ago
January 6, 2013
I need this job like I need a hole in the head.
House Speaker John Boehner - WSJ (via brooklynmutt)

In which Boehner indirectly references a Cracker song. 

(via firthofforth)

20:23 // 1 year ago