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October 20, 2013
The president’s actions and attitude over the past couple of weeks have certainly poisoned the well and made it harder to work together on any issue.
A GOP leadership aide • Discussing the chances of the party being willing to work with Democrats on anythingincluding immigration, which is what led to this response. While many believe comprehensive immigration reform—which passed the Senate painlessly this summer—could survive in the House, the problem is that it would pass via a bipartisan majority, something which John Boehner has gone out of his way to avoid as speaker.
9:52 // 9 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 // 9 months 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 // 9 months ago
October 8, 2013
There is no magic wand that allows us to wish away the chaos that could result if — for the first time in our history — we don’t pay our bills on time.
President Obama • Issuing a dire prophecy on the state of affairs if — as becomes an increasingly worrisome possibility, with the deadline looming on October 17th — Congress fails to reopen the federal government and raise the debt limit. He also took a dig at proponents of the ballyhooed platinum coin, but indicated that he’d implement some kind of strategy if the feared default took place : “We plan for every contingency. So obviously, you know, worst-case scenario, there are things that we will try to do — but I will repeat, I don’t think any option is good.” source
18:35 // 9 months ago
September 27, 2013

Obama’s mindset, in three quotes

  • Gov’t shutdown House Republicans are so concerned with appeasing the Tea Party that they’ve threatened a government shut down or worse unless I gut, or repeal, The Affordable Care Act. I said this before. Let me repeat it. That’s not gonna happen.”
  • Debt ceiling “Voting for the treasury to pay America’s bills is not a concession to me. That’s not doing me a favor. That’s simply carrying out the solemn responsibilities that come with holding office up there. I don’t know how I can be more clear about this.”
  • Hostage taking I’m not going to start setting a precedent, not just for me, but for future presidents, where one chamber in Congress can basically say each time there needs to be a vote to make sure Treasury pays its bills, we’re not going to sign it unless our particular hobby horse gets advanced.”

President Obama threw down the gauntlet on House Republicans this afternoon, saying in his clearest language yet that there will be no negotiatiations whatsoever over funding the government or raising the debt ceiling. Period. This puts a lot of pressure on the House (or John Boehner, really) to pass “clean” bills to fund the government and avert a shutdown, rather than tie those bills to a wish-list of conservative policies. House Republicans may end up passing a funding bill that defunds Obamacare anyway, but it seems pretty clear that Obama will veto that bill if it lands on his desk. This is the speech a lot of liberal Democrats were hoping for the first time the House GOP tried this, in the summer of 2011. source

16:29 // 10 months 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 // 10 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
January 8, 2013

We don’t really have a whole lot to say about this one. Jon Stewart hit the nail on the head this time. source

16:17 // 1 year ago
June 27, 2012
Contempt vote to come tomorrow against Holder
What’s more notable? The fact that the House of House of Representatives will initiate contempt proceedings against Eric Holder over Fast and Furious documents? Or the fact that a news outlet finally provided the correct pronunciation of John Boehner’s name? You be the judge. (Photo credit: AP). source
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What’s more notable? The fact that the House of House of Representatives will initiate contempt proceedings against Eric Holder over Fast and Furious documents? Or the fact that a news outlet finally provided the correct pronunciation of John Boehner’s name? You be the judge. (Photo credit: AP)source

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17:48 // 2 years ago
March 29, 2012

Ryan budget passes, heads to certain death in the Senate

  • yesThe House GOP passed this year’s Paul Ryan budget, the party’s annual flagship legislation, with 10 Republicans voting against it and no Democrats voting for it.
  • noThe bill won’t go anywhere from here, as it’s now in Senate Democrats’ hands, and Democrats, as in past years, are none too fond of Ryan’s budget. source
20:40 // 2 years ago