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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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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 ...

No Consensus on GOP Plans to Replace Obamacare

November 7, 2013 Beating up on Obamacare is the easy part. But eventually, many Republicans acknowledge, the website will be fixed, new enrollees will spike, cancellation letters will cease, and the sting of the Affordable Care Act's ugly implementation will fade. At some point, Republicans will have to address the one Democratic rebuttal ...

Finally Over, Shutdown Showdown Tees Up New Battles

October 17, 2013 The debt-ceiling stalemate and 16-day government shutdown cost the economy billions, put tens of thousands out of work, made some little-known congressmen famous and tested the balance of power in Congress. Yet as lawmakers ended the standoff with a hard-fought agreement, many pointed to a landscape left largely unchanged, with ...

House Leaders and White House Closer to a Short-Term Deal on Debt Limit, Shutdown

October 11, 2013 As House leadership inched toward brokering a short-term agreement Friday with the White House that would reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, uncertainty abounded on Capitol Hill due to a raft of alternative proposals that are being conflated by aides and lawmakers alike. Aides to Speaker John Boehner ...

House Republicans Expect to Approve Short-Term Debt Deal

October 9, 2013 House Republicans remain committed to forcing negotiations with President Obama and Senate Democrats over a range of long-term fiscal issues, including the debt-ceiling and budget deficit. But they also are beginning to accept that for such talks to take place, they must first approve a short-term debt limit increase. On ...

House Republicans Weigh Short-Term Debt Limit Extension

October 8, 2013 With the government shutdown entering its second week and the Oct. 17 debt-limit deadline looming, House Republicans are poised to pursue a strategy that deals with each crisis separately, with an emphasis on agreeing to a short-term debt-ceiling deal as quickly as possible. According to several high-ranking Republican aides, the ...