Hoyer casts ‘no’ vote in break with Dem leaders

December 12, 2013, 07:26 pm

Hoyer casts ‘no’ vote in break with Dem leaders

By Mike Lillis and Erik Wasson

 

Breaking with his fellow Democratic leaders, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Thursday voted against a bipartisan deal to finance the government for the next two years.

The minority whip conceded that the controversial measure was “better than the alternative” of not reaching a deal, but he said he also wanted to make a statement that the package “does not deal with the fundamental issue of long-term fiscal stability.”

The Maryland lawmaker, who represents thousands of current and retired federal workers, acknowledged that his opposition came despite his role in negotiating some of the details of the final bill. Continue reading “Hoyer casts ‘no’ vote in break with Dem leaders”

Groups begin lobbying on non-defense sequestration cuts

Groups begin lobbying on non-defense sequestration cuts

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Just about everyone on K Street is ramping up their sequestration and fiscal cliff lobbying efforts, not just those concerned about defense cuts.

Health care lobbyists have already been working the Hill. Now, massive coalitions of labor, religious, small business and social service groups are forming, sending letters and setting up meetings decrying across-the-board cuts while also calling for revenue-raising measures.

The Coalition on Human Needs is one such group, which earlier this week sent a letter to every member on the Hill, which was signed by 1,900 organizations. The letter calls for protecting low-income Americans and decries cuts to the government workforce, education and programs such as Head Start and food stamps. They also push for an expiration of Bush-era tax cuts on American households making more than $250,000 a year, and for some — but not across-the-board — cuts to defense spending. Continue reading “Groups begin lobbying on non-defense sequestration cuts”

The Hill Poll: Voters switch, saying Obama is set to win second term

By Sheldon Alberts – 10/01/12 05:00 AM ET

A strong majority of likely voters now expect President Obama to win a second term after an abrupt shift in perceptions about the state of the race, according to The Hill’s latest election poll.

The survey found 53 percent of voters believe Obama will triumph on Nov. 6, a huge swing from the 43 percent who held that view immediately before the Democratic convention early last month. Continue reading “The Hill Poll: Voters switch, saying Obama is set to win second term”

The Hill Poll: Voters say second term for Obama undeserved, country is worse off

By Sheldon Alberts – 09/04/12 05:00 AM ET

A majority of voters believe the country is worse off today than it was four years ago and that President Obama does not deserve reelection, according to a new poll for The Hill.

Fifty-two percent of likely voters say the nation is in “worse condition” now than in September 2008, while 54 percent say Obama does not deserve reelection based solely on his job performance.

Only 31 percent of voters believe the nation is in “better condition,” while 15 percent say it is “about the same,” the poll found. Just 40 percent of voters said Obama deserves reelection. Continue reading “The Hill Poll: Voters say second term for Obama undeserved, country is worse off”