The Intricacies of the Omnibus Spending Bill

By: Thursday December 16, 2010 1:15 pm

The omnibus spending bill is rife with interesting backstories and competing agendas. It’s clear to me that Jim DeMint’s pressure to read the full omnibus, which stands at over 1,900 pages, has three parts: 1) to cement his standing with the Tea Party against “pork” and really spending in general; 2) to run out the clock not on the spending bill but the rest of the Senate’s agenda, especially START, the DREAM Act and the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell; 3) to create another Waterloo for President Obama, and put him in the difficult situation of having to sign a bill with a bunch of earmarks in it.


Scott Brown Announces Support for Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

By: Friday December 3, 2010 12:30 pm

Bob Gates successfully convinced Brown on the implementation process, which should concern people a bit, especially as Gates might not be around to do the implementation. Gates did say that he would not “slow-walk” things, but what about his successor? What if a President Palin reaches office without implementation in place, and she just never certifies it? I don’t know if that’s likely, but it’s something to watch.

Ben Nelson Won’t Support Cloture for DREAM Act

By: Tuesday November 23, 2010 11:45 am

Ben Nelson, the conservative Democratic Senator who in recent months has had a voting profile not unlike a conservative Republican, announced his opposition to the DREAM Act, leaving Democratic leaders in search of additional Republican votes to make up the difference.

Where Have All the Deficit Hawks Gone?

By: Friday September 17, 2010 6:04 am

Since we have started a public debate about whether or not to extend Bush’s massive, deficit-ballooning tax cuts to millionaires, the same deficit hawks who sent up trial balloons about cutting Social Security and other benefits have been very quiet. Very interesting, yes?

Temporary Extension of All Bush Tax Cuts Looks Like Path of Least Resistance

By: Thursday September 9, 2010 12:30 pm

Ben Nelson has come out for extending all the Bush tax cuts “until Nebraska’s and the nation’s economy is in better shape, and perhaps longer, because raising taxes in a weak economy could impair recovery.” It’s funny that he throws Nebraska in there, which is sitting on 5%. It’s also funny that he calls the extension an action “to help the economy” like the stimulus package in 2009, even though this would merely be an extension of current tax rates, which aren’t boosting the economy in any way.

GOP Governors Try to Defund Health Care, Pit Teachers Against the Poor

By: Wednesday September 1, 2010 7:00 am

As we get deeper into the electoral cycle and things get more polarized, it should come as no surprise that attitudes have become more polarized on health care.

As Students Return to College, Student Loan Fraudsters Rejoice

By: Monday August 16, 2010 8:45 am

Nelnet improperly exploits a loophole in the student lending regulations for years, and then last Friday afternoon settled a $1+ billion student loan fraud case for $55 million, just as college students head back to campus. Lovely.

But I’m sure that nothing like this could happen with insurance companies and the Health Insurance reform regulations, or the Wall Street firms and the FinReg rules . . .

Welcome back to campus, everyone.

State Fiscal Aid Bill Set to Pass Senate; Maine Republicans Join Dems Voting “Yes”

By: Wednesday August 4, 2010 8:08 am

Even when this vote passes, the House would have to concur, and they’re not supposed to be in session until September. There was talk yesterday of calling the House back to pass this.

Five Senate Democrats Endorse Continued Republican Obstructionism of Democratic Agenda

By: Wednesday July 28, 2010 10:30 am

If you were hoping that the Democrats in the Senate would do something about the Republicans’ unprecedented abuse of the filibuster, you can forget it.

Lieberman Missing DISCLOSE Act Vote Today

By: Tuesday July 27, 2010 11:48 am

You can be excused for assuming that Senate Democrats don’t even particularly want the DISCLOSE Act to proceed to the floor today, otherwise they would be making arrangements to have all the Senators in the caucus available for the vote

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