Congress, with the clock ticking, nears deals on defense and budget bills

Congress, with the clock ticking, nears deals on defense and budget bills

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg – The U.S. Capitol stands in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.
 

By and , Published: December 9 E-mail the writers

After compiling a reed-thin record of achievement for 2013, the House and Senate began their final week of the year together in Washington on the verge of breakthroughs on a new defense policy bill and budget agreement, deals that could permit lawmakers to boast of modest year-end successes and enjoy their first extended Christmas break since at least the start of the Obama presidency.

Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) is determined to adjourn the House for the year on Friday. The Senate plans on remaining in town until Dec. 20. It is a short schedule that forced leaders of the House and Senate armed-services committees Monday to scale back their ambitions and agree to move ahead with a modified version of the National Defense Authorization Act, one of the few “must pass” measures left for the divided Congress.

Video

@TheBudgetGuy Stan Collender tells Chris Cillizza what the much-anticipated budget deadline has in common with the hit nineties television show.

@TheBudgetGuy Stan Collender tells Chris Cillizza what the much-anticipated budget deadline has in common with the hit nineties television show. Continue reading “Congress, with the clock ticking, nears deals on defense and budget bills”

Will Obama win in November? Wide gap between preference and prediction.

Chris Cillizza
Chris CillizzaThe Fix

Will Obama win in November? Wide gap between preference and prediction.

 

By , Sunday, September 16, 1:37 PM

National polling suggests that the American public is deeply divided about whom it wants to be the next president of the United States.

In a Washington PostABC News survey released last week President Obama led Mitt Romney by 49 percent to 48 percent among likely voters. A New York Times-CBS News poll released around the same time put Obama at 49 percent to Romney’s 46 percent among those most likely to vote.

Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix”, a campaign politics blog for the Washington Post. He is also an MSNBC political contributor. He lives in Virginia with his wife and son. Continue reading “Will Obama win in November? Wide gap between preference and prediction.”

9 deep(ish) thoughts on the new Washington Post-ABC News poll

 

9 deep(ish) thoughts on the new Washington Post-ABC News poll

Posted by Chris Cillizza on September 11, 2012 at 12:19 pm

 

The big headline out of this morning’s Washington Post-ABC News poll is that the presidential race remains an absolute dead heat among those likeliest to vote in eight weeks time.

But, beneath that headline there are all sort of fascinating — and occasionally contradictory — data points in the poll that are worth further examination.  We tackle nine of them below.  You can sift through all the data from the poll right here if you want to do a bit of exploring on your own.

One quick note: Our thoughts below are in no particular order other than the order to which they occurred to us as we looked through the poll. And, away we go! Continue reading “9 deep(ish) thoughts on the new Washington Post-ABC News poll”

Union leaders support Obama despite tension with Democratic Party

Union leaders support Obama despite tension with Democratic Party

By , Published: September 5