John Boehner’s offer puts President Obama on the spot

 John Boehner’s offer puts President Obama on the spotBy: Carrie Budoff Brown and Jonathan Allen
October 10, 2013 03:34 PM EDT
John Boehner and Barack Obama are pictured. | AP Photos
President Barack Obama may get the clean debt limit extension he’s been demanding, but it wouldn’t be a clean victory.By adopting the House GOP plan to raise the debt ceiling, Obama would avoid a potentially crippling blow to the economy and, in the White House’s view, finally break Republicans of their habit of seeking concessions each time the debt ceiling needs to be raised.

But the downsides are significant. The federal government might not immediately reopen, there’s no guarantee Republicans would stop using the debt limit as leverage in the future and Obama could find himself in the same position once the temporary extension expires.

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G.O.P. Elders See Liabilities in Shutdown

G.O.P. Elders See Liabilities in Shutdown

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Published: October 3, 2013 17 Comments

WASHINGTON — The hard-line stance of Republican House members on the government shutdown is generating increasing anger among senior Republican officials, who say the small bloc of conservatives is undermining the party and helping President Obama just as the American people appeared to be losing confidence in him.

From statehouses to Capitol Hill, frustration is building and spilling out during closed-door meetings as Republicans press leaders of the effort to block funding for the health care law to explain where their strategy is ultimately leading.

“Fighting with the president is one thing,” said Senator Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri. “Fighting with the president and losing is another thing. When you’re in the minority you need to look really hard to find the fights you can win.” Continue reading “G.O.P. Elders See Liabilities in Shutdown”

GOP lawmakers want to cut federal workforce to avoid sequester

GOP lawmakers want to cut federal workforce to avoid sequester

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., center, responds to a reporter's question with House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., right, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., center, responds to a reporter’s question with House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., right, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Republican lawmakers in both chambers on Wednesday proposed reducing the federal workforce through attrition to avoid sequestration this year.

The 2013 Down Payment to Protect National Security Act would cut the entire government workforce by 10 percent through attrition at an estimated savings of $85 billion over the next decade. It would replace the sequester for one year: The government will need to trim $85 billion in Defense and non-defense spending in fiscal 2013 if sequestration takes effect on March 1. Continue reading “GOP lawmakers want to cut federal workforce to avoid sequester”

Senators vow to avert sequestration cuts Sep. 26, 2012 – 05:40PM |

Senators vow to avert sequestration cuts

Sep. 26, 2012 – 05:40PM |
By SEAN REILLY |
 Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., left, and ranking member Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speak during a hearing in February.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., left, and ranking member Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speak during a hearing in February. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

Six senators are vowing to work across party lines to head off stiff automatic budgets cuts set to take effect in January.

“We are committed to working together to help forge a balanced, bipartisan deficit reduction package to avoid damage to our national security, important domestic priorities, and our economy,” Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., John McCain, R-Ariz. and four other lawmakers wrote in a Sept. 21 letter to Senate leaders. “All ideas should be put on the table and considered.”

The letter was made public this week. Continue reading “Senators vow to avert sequestration cuts Sep. 26, 2012 – 05:40PM |”