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Stacey Kaper Stacy Kaper covers national security for National Journal. Previously Kaper covered financial services including the 2008 financial crisis and its resulting Wall Street reform law.
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The Real Budget Battle

March 11, 2013 If you think the undercard bouts have been a tad boring, fear not. The main event is just around the corner, and it promises to be worth the price of admission. Two months into the 113th Congress, Capitol Hill has featured a discernible lack of drama. The sequester cuts went ...

Democrats Oppose Flexibility in Sequester Cuts

February 27, 2013 Top lawmakers spent Tuesday searching for leverage points in the coming public-relations war over the automatic spending cuts that almost everyone agrees will now occur even though they were never designed to go into effect. For Senate Republicans, one such potential spot is in crafting an alternative to the so-called ...

After the Sequester, Government Shutdown Looms

February 26, 2013 Congressional leaders are already shifting their focus to the next spending battle after the automatic budget sequester takes effect on Friday -- how to keep the government running -- but the Democratic strategy on this fight is far from set. House Republicans are gearing up for a bill spearheaded by ...

GOP Wants More Time, Not More Information, Before Chuck Hagel Vote

February 14, 2013 Republicans want more time, not more information, before allowing the Senate to vote on the nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. A motion to end debate on Hagel failed Thursday, leading Majority Leader Harry Reid to criticize what he said was a filibuster. He'll call another "cloture" vote ...

The Next Hurdle for Hagel's Confirmation as Pentagon Chief

February 13, 2013 Chuck Hagel could be in trouble. Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee expressed a unified lack of confidence in their former colleague as potential Defense secretary and accused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday of “jamming” the vote by disregarding requests to delay until more questions are answered. ...

Republicans May Take Hagel Nomination Fight to Senate Floor

February 12, 2013 Growing unease about Chuck Hagel as Pentagon chief could lead Republicans to force the nomination to clear a 60-vote threshold on the Senate floor, lawmakers said Tuesday. One of Hagel's most vocal opponents, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he was sending a letter to the White House Tuesday, asking President ...

Once unthinkable, severe spending cuts now seem plausible

January 24, 2013 Republicans and Democrats in the Senate appear to be coming to the same conclusion on spending, namely that once unthinkable, draconian cuts designed to force a more reasonable compromise may be much harder to undo than anyone ever imagined. For Republicans, the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts are an increasingly palatable ...

What Obama wants and what Congress will give him

January 22, 2013 President Obama offered a passionate defense of a progressive agenda in his inaugural address Monday, laying out the legislative priorities for the next four years that will likely be echoed in his State of the Union address next month. That includes unfinished business from his first term, such as immigration ...

Blocking potential Treasury nominee gets the GOP nowhere in debt ceiling fight

January 8, 2013 Republicans, embittered after a fiscal cliff fight that went to the Democrats, have made it abundantly clear they are looking for a pound of flesh in the form of spending cuts in exchange for solving the next fiscal-crisis-in-waiting -- the debt ceiling. But don’t expect the GOP to slam the ...

Fiscal cliff won't be the last you hear from Simpson and Bowles

January 2, 2013 As the fiscal cliff saga has played out, Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson have been on a roadshow trying to build a groundswell of support for broad deficit reduction. The high-profile duo toned it down recently, not wanting to upstage principal-level negotiations as talks between President Obama and Speaker John ...