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October 23, 2013

White House denies events described on Senator’s Facebook page

  • Sunday Sen. Dick Durbin (D) claimed that a member of the House GOP told President Obama that he “cannot even stand to look at [him],” asking his supporters how Democrats could honestly work with such disrespectful people.
  • Wednesday White House spokesman Jay Carney denied Sen. Durbin’s claim, telling a White House reporter that he’d personally spoken with a participant in the meeting referenced by Durbin, and that what the Senator describes “did not happen.” source
17:33 // 12 months ago
October 18, 2013
Getting immigration done, most everyone agrees, would be good for the Republican Party. It’s possibly necessary for its very survival. What’s standing in the way isn’t Obama’s determination to destroy the GOP. It’s the GOP’s determination to destroy itself.
Ezra Klein, on the GOP’s reflexive and counter-productive opposition to comprehensive immigration reform, which President Obama is planning to push hard in coming months. “In 2012, 71 percent of Hispanic voters, and 73 percent of Asian voters, marked their ballot for Obama. Those aren’t survivable numbers for the Republican Party,” Klein says. And yet many House Republicans, notably Congressman Raul Labrador, not only oppose immigration reform but believe that Obama is only pushing for it in an attempt to “destroy the Republican Party.” Recall, by the way, that the Senate already passed immigration reform, but John Boehner has refused to put it up for a vote in the House. source
18:00 // 1 year ago
October 16, 2013
breakingnews:

Senate passes debt deal; House votes next
NBC News: The Senate voted 81-18 to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. 
President Barack Obama spoke from the White House after the Senate’s vote, saying he will sign the bill as soon as it arrives on his desk. The House is expected to vote on the measure tonight.

“There’s a lot of work ahead of us, including our need to earn back the trust of the American people that’s been lost over the last few weeks,” he said. “And we can begin to do that by addressing the real issues that they care about.”
After a long and tedious process, the Senate compromise is only a short-term deal allowing the federal government to operate through January 15, and conservatives who fought to de-fund or delay Obamacare have had to concede defeat. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports.

The House is expected to approve the bill and send it to the president’s desk for signature within hours.

Follow updates on Breaking News. 
Photo: President Barack Obama speaks after the Senate vote. (NBC News)

With the President confirming he’d sign the deal as soon as he received it, the House will bear the full weight of this weeks-long political crisis when they vote on the Senate bill later tonight. We’ll update with any news on that vote as it occurs.

breakingnews:

Senate passes debt deal; House votes next

NBC NewsThe Senate voted 81-18 to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. 

President Barack Obama spoke from the White House after the Senate’s vote, saying he will sign the bill as soon as it arrives on his desk. The House is expected to vote on the measure tonight.

“There’s a lot of work ahead of us, including our need to earn back the trust of the American people that’s been lost over the last few weeks,” he said. “And we can begin to do that by addressing the real issues that they care about.”

After a long and tedious process, the Senate compromise is only a short-term deal allowing the federal government to operate through January 15, and conservatives who fought to de-fund or delay Obamacare have had to concede defeat. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports.

The House is expected to approve the bill and send it to the president’s desk for signature within hours.

Follow updates on Breaking News

Photo: President Barack Obama speaks after the Senate vote. (NBC News)

With the President confirming he’d sign the deal as soon as he received it, the House will bear the full weight of this weeks-long political crisis when they vote on the Senate bill later tonight. We’ll update with any news on that vote as it occurs.

21:05 // 1 year ago
October 15, 2013
The President has said repeatedly that members of Congress don’t get to demand ransom for fulfilling their basic responsibilities to pass a budget and pay the nation’s bills. Unfortunately, the latest proposal from House Republicans does just that, in a partisan attempt to appease a small group of tea party Republicans.
White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage - Responding to the latest debt ceiling proposal from House Republicans, as both Democrats and Republicans continue to do everything they can to hang the federal shutdown around the necks of their Congressional rivals work towards an end to the fifteen day (and counting) federal shutdown. In related news, Eater DC has a list of bars and restaurants where government employees can get cheap/free food and drinks during the furlough. Looks like it may come in handy for a few more weeks.
16:33 // 1 year ago
October 10, 2013
Once Republicans in Congress act to remove the threat of default and end this harmful government shutdown, the president will be willing to negotiate on a broader budget agreement to create jobs, grow the economy, and put our fiscal house in order.
Unidentified White House official - Responding to a new short-term deal from House GOP members,  which would extend the national debt limit without ending the federal shutdown; however, the White House has yet to outright threaten a veto of Republicans’ latest proposal. source
14:24 // 1 year ago
September 28, 2013
The American people don’t want a government shutdown, and they don’t want Obamacare. We will do our job and send this bill over, and then it’s up to the Senate to pass it and stop a government shutdown.
House Republican leaders • Standing their ground on this whole stupidity that’s going to force the government to shut down next week. Pretty sure the American people don’t want conditions on the basic functioning of the government, either.
14:43 // 1 year ago
September 27, 2013
There is no post-Civil War precedent for what the House GOP is doing now.
James Fallows (via theatlantic)

Why do we put up with this? Who does this benefit?

(via theatlantic)

14:17 // 1 year ago
September 18, 2013
We have not seen this in the past. That a budget is contingent on us eliminating a program that was voted on, passed by both chambers of Congress, ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court, is two weeks from being implemented, and helps 30 million get health-care coverage.
President Obama • Pushing back against a variety of House Republicans’ demands, after Speaker Boehner announced intentions to attach yet another attempt at defunding the Affordable Care Act to a bill seeking to avert a possible government shutdown on September 30. The President also said that he won’t “create a habit, a pattern, whereby the full faith and credit of the United States ends up being a bargaining chip to set policy.” source
17:02 // 1 year ago
August 5, 2013

House GOP members can’t seem to remember that ACORN isn’t a thing anymore

  • 2010 The community organizing group known as ACORN disbanded, following a national scandal which began after a video released by James O’Keefe appeared to show organization members giving tax avoidance advice to a young man (rather unbelievably) claiming to be a pimp to a young woman also seen in the video.
  • 2013 House Republicans add an amendment to a bill currently under consideration, which would ban ACORN from receiving government funding of any kind, for the thirteenth time since the organization folded three years ago. source
14:19 // 1 year ago
August 1, 2013

House GOP to propose massive budget cuts for federal food stamps

  • $40B in cuts to the national food stamp program will be proposed by House Republicans on Thursday afternoon, along with new regulations like mandatory drug testing, as both chambers of Congress continue sparring over the U.S. farm bill. source
16:08 // 1 year ago