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Tim Alberta

Tim Alberta is leadership reporter for the National Journal. He formerly served as senior editor of National Journal Hotline, where he edited the publication’s popular tip-sheets and directed its coverage of the 2012 Republican presidential race.
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Will Rank-and-File Lawmakers Accept the Budget Deal?

December 11, 2013 After weeks of closed-door talks, House and Senate negotiators finally unveiled a two-year budget deal Tuesday that attempts to calm the long-fought feud over spending on Capitol Hill. But the question remains whether they can sell it to rank-and-file lawmakers. The deal is far from a grand bargain. But if ...

Republicans and Democrats Announce Budget Deal

December 10, 2013 Budget negotiators on Tuesday night announced they've reached a two-year deal that sets spending for the current fiscal year at $1.012 trillion and would provide $63 billion in sequester relief—all without new tax revenue. "I'm proud of this agreement," said Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, one of the two principal negotiators, ...

Everyone Hates the Emerging Budget Deal

December 6, 2013 The details of a potential budget deal are trickling out, and nobody seems thrilled with what they're hearing. Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray, cochairs of the budget conference committee, are close to striking a deal that would set spending levels and soften sequester cuts. But lawmakers on both ...

House GOP Poised to Push Straight Funding Bill to Avoid Shutdown

December 5, 2013 It's crunch time for congressional budget negotiators and House Republicans, desperate to avoid another government shutdown, aren't taking any chances. If Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray fail to produce the framework for a budget agreement early next week, GOP lawmakers said they are prepared to pass a short-term ...

Eric Cantor Wants Congress to Define Final Iran Deal

December 3, 2013 House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is attempting to organize a bipartisan coalition to draft a bill that would narrowly define what is, and is not, acceptable in any final nuclear deal with Iran, National Journal has learned. Cantor, the No. 2 House Republican and the highest-ranking Jewish member of Congress, ...

Congress Faces a Stark Choice: Sequester or Shutdown

December 2, 2013 Lawmakers in both parties could face a dangerous political dilemma after they return to Washington: Either endorse a second round of damaging sequester cuts or prepare for another government shutdown. The situation is that stark, and it's coming on fast. Budget negotiators led by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan ...

Congressional Vacation Set to Create Another Fiscal Crisis

November 26, 2013 Congress will soon be forced to debate yet another short-term, stopgap bill to keep the government open, not because a budget deal can't be reached, but because lawmakers haven't left enough time to reach one. The House and Senate have already left town for Thanksgiving. And once they return, both ...

House GOP Prepares Fallback Plan to Avoid January Shutdown

November 22, 2013 As the budget conference committee continues to work toward an agreement that would set spending levels for the remainder of this fiscal year and fiscal 2015, House Republicans are contemplating a fallback plan: a short-term continuing resolution that would fund the government through April 15 and buy budget negotiators more ...

Partisans Clash Over Strategy on Budget Talks

November 20, 2013 Top House Democrats on Tuesday warned Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan not to bow to the pressures from his conference and run out the clock on budget talks for a better negotiating position amid shutdown pressures in January. But House conservatives argue that they too want a deal as soon ...

How the Budget Deal Will Die

November 13, 2013 Rep. Paul Ryan began the budget conference committee last month by warning Democrats that they would sabotage the negotiations by insisting on a debate over more revenue. “If this conference becomes an argument about taxes, we’re not going to get anywhere,” Ryan told the group on Oct. 30. It took ...