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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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Does a Republican Budget Put Paul Ryan in a Jam?

February 27, 2014 With President Obama set to unveil his fiscal 2015 budget next week, Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Thursday that House Republicans, led by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, will produce their own complete, balanced spending plan later this year. "I certainly expect so," Boehner said at a news conference, and ...

Holiday Miracle? Congress on Verge of Passing Budget

December 13, 2013 Barring a meltdown in the Senate next week -- which remains a possibility -- Congress is on the verge of making a little modern history with House passage Thursday night of a two-year budget bill that would fund the government until October 2015. The 332-94 vote may bode well for ...

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 ...