By: Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan
December 4, 2013 05:04 AM EST
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?”
By Mike Lillis and Erik Wasson
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”