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More Scrutiny Ahead for the IRS

May 20, 2013 Think the Internal Revenue Service scandal will fade away in time for summer? That may be wishful thinking on the part of the White House and congressional Democrats, who are poised to endure another week of congressional hearings in both the House and Senate. Republicans experienced their first live and...

A Playbook for Undoing the Sequester

April 26, 2013 Who would have guessed that the air-traffic controllers and meat inspectors would be the first ones lucky enough to avoid the across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration? So it went on Friday, when Congress passed legislation to give the Federal Aviation Administration special flexibility in implementing its sequester cuts. The...

The Real Budget Action Won't Come Until Wednesday's Dinner With the GOP

April 10, 2013 Contrary to popular belief, the real budget action on Wednesday won’t begin until the early evening, when 12 Republican senators are scheduled to arrive at the White House for a private dinner with the president. By then, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget will have released the hundreds...

What to Expect in Obama’s Budget

April 9, 2013 If the budgets passed by Senate Democrats and House Republicans offered up competing worldviews, then President Obama will add a third entry to the mix on Wednesday as the White House unveils its spending plan for fiscal year 2014. The major headline news is already known: Obama will offer to...

House Republicans Map Out Strategy for Debt-Ceiling Battle

April 5, 2013 When House Republicans return from recess next week, one of their top priorities will be charting out the next fiscal battle -- the debt ceiling. Tea party members view this as a key time to extract serious cuts to entitlement programs from President Obama and the Democrats. “This is going...

Short-Term Flexibility Won't Help Long-Term Impact of Sequestration

March 27, 2013 President Obama signed legislation Tuesday to keep the government funded through the end of September and to give greater flexibility to a handful of agencies as they roll out the mandated across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration. Still, this flexibility does not change the dollars and cents of the equation,...

Analysis: Alternative House GOP Budget Makes Faster, Deeper Cuts

March 19, 2013 Anything you can cut, we can cut deeper. That seemed to be the message Monday from the Republican Study Committee, which unveiled an alternative budget for fiscal year 2014 that Chairman Steve Scalise of Louisiana described as “fairer and simpler” than other competing versions, including the one introduced last week...

New Hope for a Grand Bargain

March 15, 2013 Washington was abuzz this week about the possibility of a grand bargain, and although most people, not just cynics, will dismiss all this as posturing, there really is some basis for optimism this time. Senate Democrats released their first budget since 2009, even if it was more than a little...

Why the Senate Democrats' Budget Will Be Vague

March 11, 2013 The GOP has long hoped that by prodding the Senate majority to produce a budget, it could force Democrats to commit to paper some unpopular political choices on spending cuts and health care programs. But if Republicans want specifics this spring, they’ll have to wait. The Senate Democrats’ budget, scheduled...

Obama's Dinner With Senators Eases Tensions but Doesn't Fix the Budget

March 8, 2013 It turns out that a fancy dinner can ease tensions between even long-avowed frenemies. That was the Republican senators’ takeaway from their roughly two-hour dinner on Wednesday night with President Obama at the Jefferson Hotel. Among the topics discussed: Medicare and Social Security spending; tax reform; and the need for...

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