Democrats criticize emerging budget deal

Democrats criticize emerging budget deal

By: Ginger Gibson
December 5, 2013 04:19 PM EST

 

Steny Hoyer (left) and Chris Van Hollen are shown. | AP PhotoTop House Democrats are unhappy with elements of an emerging budget deal that they say abandons the party’s principles.

 

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the top House Democrat on the budget conference committee, is upset that the budget deal might not include a call for new taxes. The framework, being negotiated by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), would likely raise revenue from fee increases.

 

Van Hollen said such an arrangement amounts to abandoning the middle class.

 

“As these talks have unnecessarily dragged on these priorities are at risk of being left behind,” the Maryland Democrat said. Continue reading “Democrats criticize emerging budget deal”

Democrats: No Budget Deal Without Unemployment Insurance Extension

Democrats: No Budget Deal Without Unemployment Insurance Extension

By Matthew Larotonda 59 minutes ago ABC News Blogs
Democrats: No Budget Deal Without Unemployment Insurance Extension (ABC News)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House and its Democratic allies are pushing to continue a jobless benefits program set to expire for over a million long-term unemployed without congressional intervention. And while whispers persisted this week that Congress could be close to a budget deal before their holiday break, today Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said her party’s negotiators were insistent on an extension as a bargaining chip.

“Yes, indeed, we are making a very clear statement that we cannot, cannot support a budget agreement that does not include unemployment insurance in the budget or as a sidebar in order to move it all along,” she said at a Democrats-only hearing on the uninsured. “It would undermine who we are as a country.”

The congresswoman later indicated at a press conference that she could support a budget deal that doesn’t include continuation for the benefits, if they are extended separately on their own merit. Continue reading “Democrats: No Budget Deal Without Unemployment Insurance Extension”

Congressional budget talks at critical point

Congressional budget talks at critical point

Congressional budget talks at critical pointWashington (CNN) – Congressional budget talks have entered a pivotal phase with some lawmakers working to lower expectations. But the two top negotiators and their staff have outlined how a possible deal, if they agree on one, could get through the House and Senate.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Washington, are leading a conference committee convened to work out differences between House and Senate budget resolutions.

The marquee issue is more forced spending cuts, or sequester, set to take effect in mid-January.

The committee has until December 13 to agree on spending levels and how to tackle the sweeping cuts that would total $110 billion. Continue reading “Congressional budget talks at critical point”

Congressional budget talks at critical point

Congressional budget talks at critical point

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Congressional budget talks at critical point

Washington (CNN) – Congressional budget talks have entered a pivotal phase with some lawmakers working to lower expectations. But the two top negotiators and their staff have outlined how a possible deal, if they agree on one, could get through the House and Senate.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Washington, are leading a conference committee convened to work out differences between House and Senate budget resolutions.

The marquee issue is more forced spending cuts, or sequester, set to take effect in mid-January.

The committee has until December 13 to agree on spending levels and how to tackle the sweeping cuts that would total $110 billion. Continue reading “Congressional budget talks at critical point”

Government shutdown part 2? Democrats line up against stopgap spending bill

Government shutdown part 2? Democrats line up against stopgap spending bill

By Mike Lillis and Erik Wasson

Greg Nash

House Democrats of all stripes are lining up against a stopgap spending bill that further entrenches the blunt sequester cuts.

GOP leaders could bring a vote as early as next week on a short-term continuing resolution (CR) likely to adopt the $967 billion sequester-level spending cap urged by many Republicans. But the pushback from Democrats this week has been near universal, with liberals and centrists alike vowing to join party leaders in opposition to any such measure.

“I’m not going to support a short-term CR that leads to a $967 billion level,” Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the House minority whip, said Tuesday during a press briefing in the Capitol. “I believe that hurts our national security, it hurts our economy and it undermines our responsibility of running government at a level that is productive for our people.” Continue reading “Government shutdown part 2? Democrats line up against stopgap spending bill”