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Grayson’s Strategy To Shut Down GOP Shutdown Strategy

Since the 2010 elections elevated the Tea Party, the GOP have used government shutdowns as a strategy of flexing power. While many mainstream Republicans realize the folly of this sort of hostage taking, few have had the courage to do anything about it. But a gutsy liberal Congressman has a plan to stop the insanity. […]

They narrowly avoided a Midnight shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security. The two-thirds majority vote, which came with support from Democrats a few hours after the House failed to pass a three-week extension, buys time for Congress to sort out a longer-term funding solution for the domestic security agency. Now read this:240,000 Signatures On […]

The White House is preparing for a Homeland Security shutdown. “Upon return from the Department of Justice, the President convened a meeting in the Oval Office with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, OMB Director Shaun Donovan and members of his senior team to discuss the impending deadline for funding the Department of Homeland Security,” […]

Taegan Goddard quoting First Read: “In our experience, there’s a simple rule to follow to make sense of any shutdown showdown: The side that’s divided usually loses. And Republicans are the ones who are divided in the battle over funding the Department of Homeland Security — over whether or not to include riders overturning Obama’s […]

What’s amazing here is how transparent John Boehner is about allowing the country to become vulnerable because of refusal to fund the Department of Homeland Security and blame it on Senate Democrats. And all because he and other Republicans want to hold the country’s security hostage to immigration. Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace repeatedly […]

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 […]

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