Paul Ryan’s bipartisan budget moment?

Paul Ryan’s bipartisan budget moment?

By: Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan
December 4, 2013 05:04 AM EST

Paul Ryan is pictured. | AP Photo

Paul Ryan’s bold budget documents have helped shape House Republicans for a half-dozen years.

They’ve been slabs of red meat to the Republican base but have served little practical purpose, as differences have only deepened with the Democratic Senate.

But now, he and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) appear to be closing in on a bipartisan budget deal. And for the first time in his 14 years in Congress, the Wisconsin Republican has a chance to shepherd a major bill with his name on it into law, giving him an opportunity to shape part of the 2014 election and, perhaps, his own political image as he considers a possible 2016 White House bid. Continue reading “Paul Ryan’s bipartisan budget moment?”

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”

Democrats, Unions Demand Complete Government Reopening and Back Pay

Democrats, Unions Demand Complete Government Reopening and Back Pay

House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer

House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer Evan Vucci/AP

House Democrats and federal employee unions gathered in the shadow of the Capitol Building Tuesday to call for the immediate reopening of government and retroactive pay to furloughed workers.

Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Md., led a coalition of lawmakers from the suburbs of Washington, D.C. — areas that are home to a large number of federal employees — in the press conference. The lawmakers and union representatives said House Republicans were taking federal employees hostage, and called Tuesday, the first day of the government shutdown, a “tragic day” for the workforce.

“Our federal employees play a crucial role in keeping America strong, safe and free,” Hoyer said, flanked by dozens of workers who held up signs that read “let us work” and children with posters that said “Congress ruined my vacation.” Continue reading “Democrats, Unions Demand Complete Government Reopening and Back Pay”