Major Garrett

Major Garrett Major Garrett is National Journal Correspondent-at-Large and Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News.
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Social Security changes are on the table in debt talks

July 7, 2011 While the political jousting continues, President Obama and congressional Republicans are moving closer to a multi-tiered deal that would include changes in Social Security benefits, tax reform, increases in various user fees, and large-scale cuts in annual spending, according to numerous sources close to the negotiations. No agreement exists and...

Obama names new military leadership team

May 30, 2011 President Obama moved Monday to "complete our team at the Pentagon" by nominating Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Adm. James A. "Sandy" Winnefeld Jr. as vice chairman and Army Gen. Ray Odierno as Dempsey's replacement as Army chief of staff....

Muted abortion response speaks volumes about budget talks

April 8, 2011 As the clock ticked down toward a federal government shutdown, signs surfaced on Friday that a deal would be struck before the midnight deadline. One telling indication was the fact that Democrats, out there aggressively defending funding for community health clinics and Title X funding, were met by mostly Republican...

Reality begins to bite in spending talks

April 1, 2011 The prospect of a government shutdown remains real, but for the first time in the weeks-long standoff over how much spending to cut, real bipartisan negotiations have begun over what, precisely, will be cut and by how much. The White House gave its okay to a total of $33 billion...

Shutdown looms again as both sides harden budget positions

March 16, 2011 House Republicans have been winning the dollar debate but are dissatisfied with piecemeal victories. Senate Democrats have been retreating in billion-dollar increments and now want to battle over the big picture. The collision and a spring federal government shutdown-possibly lasting weeks-appear more likely than ever. House passage of a three-week...

House GOP working on bill to avert shutdown, deflect blame

February 24, 2011 House Republicans are drafting a two-week continuing resolution to keep the government operating after the current CR expires on March 4 and will file the bill on Friday, National Journal has learned. The measure will contain about $4 billion in spending cuts and will merge cuts approved last week by...

GOP leader stands by promise of $100 billion in cuts

January 5, 2011 House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., in an exclusive interview with National Journal, said Republicans are not backing away from their commitment to cut non-defense discretionary spending -- despite allegations that it already has -- and predicted next week's vote on repealing the health care law will reveal Democratic "bleeding"...

House lawmakers to bring more gadgets onto the floor

December 28, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lawmakers can't smoke on Speaker-to-be John Boehner's House floor, but in the next Congress they will be able to smoke out legislative details on the floor with the use of their iPads or BlackBerrys. If debate drags on endlessly, they can catch NBA rookie sensation Blake Griffin smoking a slow-footed...

Shutdown scenario appears unlikely

October 29, 2010 As shopworn political metaphors go, "war" may be among the most cliched and misleading. But that doesn't mean there haven't been epic battles with enduring, indelible scars embedded into the psyches of the losers. Such is the case with Republicans and the 1995 budget shutdown with President Clinton. The confrontation...

Poll: Americans want their leaders to stand up and fight

September 21, 2010 Nearly half of America -- including nearly two-thirds of Republicans and 53 percent of independents -- admires political leaders who refuse to compromise. This is further evidence that the current political atmosphere is not merely contentious, but hostile to any hope of negotiated settlements to the many political and policy...

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