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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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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 ...

House Republicans Appear Ready to Retreat, Easing Shutdown Fears

September 26, 2013 Conservative Republicans in the House appear ready to back off their demands that the short-term funding resolution Congress must pass to avoid a government shutdown also defund or delay Obamacare. In a shift that could spare John Boehner a damaging uprising from his majority's right wing, conservatives have begun to ...

House Republicans Draft Their Debt-Ceiling Playbook

July 8, 2013 With an anxious eye toward the coming debt-ceiling negotiations, House Republicans are drafting what members call a “menu” of mandatory spending cuts to offer the White House in exchange for raising the country’s borrowing limit. This menu is more a matrix of politically fraught options for the Obama administration to ...

House GOP Says It Can Legislate and Investigate at the Same Time

May 20, 2013 House Republicans are pushing back against a prominent conservative group’s suggestion that congressional leaders should avoid scheduling potentially divisive votes which could shift the media spotlight away from the White House’s recent woes. Heritage Action, an influential group that works closely with the Republican Study Committee and its conservative members, ...

Analysis: Alternative House GOP Budget Makes Faster, Deeper Cuts

March 19, 2013 Anything you can cut, we can cut deeper. That seemed to be the message Monday from the Republican Study Committee, which unveiled an alternative budget for fiscal year 2014 that Chairman Steve Scalise of Louisiana described as “fairer and simpler” than other competing versions, including the one introduced last week ...

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 ...