Tea Party teams with union leaders to fight Obama’s trade plan

Tea Party teams with union leaders to fight Obama’s trade plan

By Alexander Bolton – 02/04/14 06:00 AM EST

Normally the bitterest of enemies, labor unions and the Tea Party are reaching out to each other to defeat President Obama’s trade agenda.

The groups are at separate poles when it comes to taxes, ObamaCare and who should be the next president, but they agree that making it easier for the administration to negotiate and win congressional approval of trade deals is a bad idea.

“This is one of those issues that 90 percent of the left and 90 percent of the right agree on,” Judson Phillips, president of Tea Party Nation, said. Continue reading “Tea Party teams with union leaders to fight Obama’s trade plan”

Poll: Major damage to GOP after shutdown, and broad dissatisfaction with government

Poll: Major damage to GOP after shutdown, and broad dissatisfaction with government

By and , Published: October 21

Video: Will voters remember the shutdown next year? Incumbents usually win elections. But after a shutdown, near-default and historic lows in Congressional approval, voters are claiming they’ll reverse that trend in 2014. The Post’s Aaron Blake weighs in.

The budget confrontation that led to a partial government shutdown dealt a major blow to the GOP’s image and has exposed significant divisions between tea party supporters and other Republicans, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The survey highlights just how badly the GOP hard-liners and the leaders who went along with them misjudged the public mood. In the aftermath, eight in 10 Americans say they disapprove of the shutdown. Two in three Republicans or independents who lean Republican share a negative view of the impasse. And even a majority of those who support the tea party movement disapprove. Continue reading “Poll: Major damage to GOP after shutdown, and broad dissatisfaction with government”

As financial markets show signs of worry, White House plans meetings with lawmakers

 

As financial markets show signs of worry, White House plans meetings with lawmakers

By , and , Updated: Wednesday, October 9, 3:20 PM

With financial markets reflecting growing concern about the potential for a U.S. default, the White House on Wednesday announced a series of meetings with lawmakers from both parties to focus on the government shutdown, looming debt crisis and festering fiscal stalemate.

House Democrats have been invited to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW on Wednesday afternoon, a White House official said. Senate Democrats, House Republicans and Senate Republicans will be asked to attend similar sessions in the coming days.

The meetings come as Republicans are accusing President Obama of not negotiating with them over the budget and debt-ceiling impasse. On Tuesday, Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) clashed publicly, and no progress was made on how to reopen the government and pay the nation’s bills.

[Read the latest updates on the shutdown.] Continue reading “As financial markets show signs of worry, White House plans meetings with lawmakers”

A Showdown Long Foreseen

Congressional Memo

A Showdown Long Foreseen

By Published: December 30, 2012

WASHINGTON — The titanic struggle over how to reach a broad Congressional tax agreement is not just the latest partisan showdown, but rather the culmination of two years of escalating fiscal confrontations, each building on the other in its gravity and consequences. On Sunday, lawmakers could not seem to find one final way out.

 
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From the first fight over a short-term spending agreement to keep the government open in early 2011 to the later tangle over the debt ceiling to the failure of last year’s special budget committee and the resulting automatic spending cuts that now loom along with tax increases, the so-called fiscal cliff was built, slab by partisan slab, to where it now threatens the nation’s finances.

“Something has gone terribly wrong,” said Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, “when the biggest threat to our American economy is the American Congress.” Continue reading “A Showdown Long Foreseen”

The price of failure on the fiscal cliff

The price of failure on the fiscal cliff

Posted by Aaron Blake on December 27, 2012 at 6:30 am

With just five days left until the year-end deadline, there is little to no sign of a deal on the “fiscal cliff.”

And even if something can be worked out, it may not be in place in time or it might be a scaled-down version of the package that was needed.

These things can change in a moment, but for now, it’s clear that failure of some kind is a distinct possibility. Continue reading “The price of failure on the fiscal cliff”