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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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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 ...

Republicans Downplay 'Default,' Dismiss Debt Deadline

October 6, 2013 The White House is sounding alarms about the fast-approaching Oct. 17 deadline for raising the nation's borrowing limit. Failure to do so, President Obama and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew have warned, could result in a first-ever default on America's debt and trigger global economic calamity. But some Republicans in Congress ...

House Sends Spending Bill Back to Senate, Brings Shutdown Closer

September 29, 2013 The House approved a measure early Sunday morning that would fund the government through Dec. 15 while delaying implementation of Obamacare for one year, a politically risky maneuver that united House Republicans but pushes the federal government closer to a shutdown. The legislation—which also includes an amendment to repeal the ...

House Rallies Around Obamacare Delay, Bringing Shutdown in Sight

September 28, 2013 House Republicans on Saturday rallied around a short-term measure that would fund the government through Dec. 15 while delaying the implementation of Obamacare for one year, a politically risky proposal that unites the Republican conference but could bring the government within reach of a shutdown. The plan, which also includes ...

With Shutdown Looming, House GOP Split over Obamacare Strategy

September 26, 2013 House Republicans are divided over whether to pursue a debt-ceiling vote before or after acting on the Senate's revised continuing resolution, a tactical dilemma that has lawmakers flying blind into a critical weekend of work that will either avert -- or usher in -- a government shutdown. Several hours after ...

Republicans Not Sold on Boehner's Debt-Ceiling Plan

September 26, 2013 Speaker John Boehner attempted Thursday morning to sell House Republicans on a debt-ceiling plan that would delay the implementation of Obamacare, jumpstart the Keystone Pipeline, and introduce other conservative reforms in hopes of uniting the GOP conference ahead of tough votes on the continuing resolution and debt-ceiling. But reaction from ...