STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Political notebook: Redistricting called key political problem
By Don Davis
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. -- Everyone seems frustrated with congressional gridlock, and a couple of politicians at Farmfest think they know the problem: the every-10-year drawing of new U.S. ... Posted on 8/12/13 at 8:25 AM
President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met Sunday at the White House to discuss the ongoing negotiations over the impending "fiscal cliff," the first meeting between just the two leaders since Election Day.
Julie Pace and Anne Flaherty
, December 09, 2012
Republicans vowed Wednesday to reverse President Barack Obama's new policy on birth control, lambasting the rule that religious schools and hospitals provide employees with free contraceptives as an "unambiguous attack on religious freedom in our country."
White House: Payroll cuts benefited 400,000 North Dakotans, 3.1 million Minnesotans in 2011 Any extension of this year’s payroll tax cut must be paid for with savings from elsewhere in the budget, House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday. Boehner’s comment meant that House and Senate Republicans are united in demanding that any eventual measure, which could cost over $100 billion, not add to the federal deficit. It also suggested that President Barack Obama and Congress would have to find mutually acceptable savings before any extension could become law. The current tax cut expires Jan. 1.
House Speaker John Boehner urged Congress' deficit "supercommittee" to lay the groundwork for a broad overhaul of the U.S. tax code, rejecting Democrats' talk of tax increases but leaving open the possibility the government's take could rise as a result.
Imploring Congress to follow his lead, President Barack Obama today lobbied lawmakers to adopt his nearly $450 billion jobs plan, promising it would help workers in the construction industry and rebuild schools in crumbling condition. Said Obama: "My question to Congress is, what on earth are we waiting for?"
After the first-ever downgrade of the U.S. government's credit rating, the White House said Saturday that President Barack Obama believes it's clear Washington "must do better" in tackling the deficit.V
The fight over the debt ceiling has turned into a dramatic leadership test for President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, opponents in a divided government who've gone from negotiating in secret to facing off in public at a watershed moment for the country and their own political careers.
Six days away from a potentially calamitous government default, House Republicans appeared to be coalescing today around a work-in-progress plan by House Speaker John Boehner to increase the U.S. borrowing limit and chop $1 trillion in federal spending. But the measure got a thumbs-down from both Senate Democrats and tea party activists, a telling illustration of the difficult politics along the pathway to a deal.
In unprecedented back-to-back appearances on nationwide television, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner clashed Monday night over the cause and cure for the nation's debt crisis. The two men spoke as Congress remained gridlocked on legislation to avert a threatened default after Aug. 2.
With bipartisan talks stalled, House Republicans and Senate Democrats readied rival debt-limit emergency fallback plans Sunday in hopes of reassuring world financial markets today that the U.S. government will avoid an unprecedented default in barely a week.
Precariously short of time, congressional leaders struggled in urgent, weekend-long talks to avert an unprecedented government default, desperate to show enough progress to head off a plunge in stock prices when Asian markets open ahead of the U.S. workweek.
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