Obama demands sequester delay

By Amie Parnes and Erik Wasson – 02/05/13 08:20 PM ET

President Obama on Tuesday demanded that Congress approve legislation to replace at least some of the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts set to hit the government on March 1.

Obama offered no concrete plan on how to replace the cuts, but warned that if Congress allowed them to go forward, it would hurt the economy.

“We have seen the effects that political dysfunction can have,” said Obama. “It will cost us jobs and hurt our economy.” Continue reading “Obama demands sequester delay”

Paul Ryan: Obama 2nd term ‘won’t be pretty’

Paul Ryan: Obama 2nd term ‘won’t be pretty’

Paul Ryan (left) and President Obama (right) are shown in this composite photo. | AP Photo

Ryan says Obama’s agenda will lead to ‘health-care price controls and rationing.’ | AP Photo

By DAVID ROGERS | 1/26/13 12:35 PM EST

Holding out little hope of compromise, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan predicted Saturday that the nation will face “tepid growth and deficits” under President Barack Obama and Republicans must prudently “buy time” and “keep the bond markets at bay — for the sake of our people.”

The Wisconsin Republican and 2012 vice presidential candidate made his remarks before the National Review Institute in a speech titled “The Principle of Prudence and the Conservative Renewal.” But most striking was the grim tone and almost total absence of any confidence that progress can be made between the two political parties in the budget process this year. Continue reading “Paul Ryan: Obama 2nd term ‘won’t be pretty’”

Fiscal 2014 budget delayed, OMB confirms, citing uncertainty

Fiscal 2014 budget delayed, OMB confirms, citing uncertainty

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. J. Scott Applewhite/AP File Photo

Acting White House budget director Jeffrey Zients has confirmed that the Obama administration’s fiscal 2014 budget will be not be ready by the normal release date in early February.

In a newly released Jan. 11 letter responding to an inquiry from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Zients said the “considerable uncertainty” created by the “protracted fiscal cliff negotiations” means “the administration was forced to delay its fiscal 2014 budget preparations, which in turn will delay the budget’s submission to Congress.” Continue reading “Fiscal 2014 budget delayed, OMB confirms, citing uncertainty”

Letter from the President Regarding An Alternative Plan for Pay Increases for Civilian Federal Employees

Letter from the President Regarding An Alternative Plan for Pay Increases for Civilian Federal Employees

August 21, 2012

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

I am transmitting an alternative plan for pay increases for civilian Federal employees covered by the General Schedule and certain other pay systems for 2013.

Title 5, United States Code, authorizes me to implement alternative pay plans for pay increases for civilian Federal employees covered by the General Schedule and certain other pay systems if, because of “national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare,” I view the adjustments that would otherwise take effect as inappropriate. Continue reading “Letter from the President Regarding An Alternative Plan for Pay Increases for Civilian Federal Employees”

Fact checking the third presidential debate

Fact checking the third presidential debate

Posted by at 12:45 AM ET, 10/23/2012

(This is an expanded version of material that originally appeared in the Oct. 23 print edition of The Washington Post.)

Foreign policy is generally a difficult area to fact check — differences can be more of opinions than numbers — but that did not stop President Obama and former governor Mitt Romney from making questionable claims.

“Just a few weeks ago, you said you think we should have more troops in Iraq right now…. You said that we should still have troops in Iraq to this day.”

— Obama

“There was an effort on the part of the president to have a status of forces agreement, and I concurred in that, and said that we should have some number of troops that stayed on. That was something I concurred with.”

— Romney Continue reading “Fact checking the third presidential debate”