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Farewell, 113! Don’t Let The Door Hit You

by Karolyn Roberts Well if there’s one thing we learned about the Congressional process in the last two years, it’s how to meet deadlines. If you’re triskaidekaphobic, the 113th Congress probably validated your fear. Sequestration, debt ceiling, government shutdown–any of these terms ring a horrifying bell? Probably because in each of these news-worthy procrastinations, Congress […]

There is an agreement that should avert a government shutdown. In an unexpected move, lawmakers also agreed on legislation expected to be incorporated into the spending measure that will permit a reduction in benefits to current retirees at economically distressed multiemployer pension plans. Supporters said it was part of an effort to prevent a slow-motion […]

The Tea Party wing of the Republican Party wants a government shutdown if the president acts alone on immigration. Seeing no better option to stop Obama, these conservatives, led by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and 59 House Republicans, are pushing for a head-on confrontation that would end in a government shutdown unless he backs down. […]

Forgetting that their tactics didn’t work last time, Republicans are considering short-term funding bills with the implied threat that at any time the government should be shut down when they expire. Instead of passing a spending bill in the coming days that would fund the government through the end of the fiscal year, Republicans are […]

Marco Rubio hinted at it, and now Iowa Congressman Steve King does more than hint. Since this worked out so well for Republicans last time, it surely makes sense they think it will work the next time. King, R-Kiron, said “all bets are off” on a continuing resolution if President Barack Obama follows through with […]

Florida Senator Marco Rubio who, himself, has not been consistent on the immigration issue, hints that President Obama’s actions on immigration could result in a government shutdown. “There will have to be some sort of a budget vote or a continuing resolution vote, so I assume there will be some sort of a vote on […]

Politico profiles the Senate Minority Leader’s plan, should he become the Senate Majority Leader. …the typically reserved McConnell laid out his clearest thinking yet of how he would lead the Senate if Republicans gain control of the chamber. The emerging strategy: Attach riders to spending bills that would limit Obama policies on everything from the […]

From the party who brought you the shutdown of the federal government comes a gubernatorial candidate who is promoting the idea of shutting down his state. “I apologize but we may have to go through a little rough times and we have to do what Ronald Reagan did with the air traffic controllers,” Rauner said referencing […]

Former South Carolina Governor must have been on the Appalachian Trail when the government shut down, since he believes it never happened. “The government didn’t shut down,” Sanford said. “I mean everyone likes to describes it as such … the president in some cases shut down parts of government that were most visible to people. […]

AP Exclusive: Shutdown hurt 37,000 immigrant cases: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Emails obtained by The Associated Press… http://t.co/sBxpiv3Fym — Breaking News (@Breaking_News) February 22, 2014 Now read this:Conservatives Blame Immigrants For Measles Outbreak (Jan 26, 2015) House GOP Votes to Deport Children Of Illegal Immigrants (Jan 14, 2015) President Obama To Sign Law Weakening Wall […]

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