Sixty-four Senators, half from each party, expressed their desire to have the President take up tax and entitlement reform this year, as part of budget negotiations.
|By: David Dayen Saturday March 19, 2011 7:00 pm|
|By: emptywheel Tuesday December 14, 2010 8:52 am|
A highlight of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ non-filibuster last Friday were his comments on General Electric’s CEO Jeff Immelt, who is pushing for more business located in China.
|By: Blue Texan Tuesday December 14, 2010 4:50 am|
From Sanders’ 8-hour speech last week.
|By: Michael Whitney Monday December 13, 2010 12:55 pm|
On Friday afternoon, Senator Bernie Sanders took the floor of the US Senate for nearly nine hours in a lengthy speech about the Obama-GOP tax plan. While some observers called it a filibuster, Bernie wasn’t actually stalling any legislation on the floor of the Senate. Nonetheless, his speech was an eloquent defense of economic justice in America.
|By: David Dayen Friday December 10, 2010 1:25 pm|
There’s a set vote on the tax cut bill on Monday. Nothing else has been scheduled to move today. Bernie is not really blocking anything. This puts Sanders’ speech into the Congressional record; I’m not sure there’s an additional purpose.
But that’s not to say it isn’t important.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:00 am|
Jim DeMint (R-SC) metaphorically joins Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the chorus of senators promising to blow up the Obama-McConnell tax deal.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday December 7, 2010 12:15 pm|
When health care reform was passed, we were told by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) it was only a “starter home” that would be improved later. We were also offered vague promises from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that we would get a vote on a public option in the months following the passage of the new law. Obviously this hasn’t happened.
But there is no reason why Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid couldn’t bring up the public option for an up or down vote next week.
|By: Blue Texan Tuesday December 7, 2010 4:48 am|
Meanwhile, I’m sure we’ll be hearing the GOP, the Teatards and the likes of Glenn Beck and the Quitter complain that these tax cuts amount to “Generational Theft” — right?
|By: David Dayen Monday December 6, 2010 6:30 pm|
Senior Administration officials tried to cast their deal on the Bush tax cuts in a positive light, even as forces on the left and right were mobilizing against it. The deal is so shaky that the White House officials and the President would only call it a “framework.” Several Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate are already either simply opposed, or dedicated to mobilizing for defeat of the package, and the Senate Majority leader delivered a terse one-line statement only agreeing to discuss it with his colleagues. The biggest news here is that this deal isn’t done.
|By: Dean Baker Thursday December 2, 2010 7:35 am|
The idea that the Fed should be held accountable to the Congress and the public was originally treated as a crank notion pushed by extremists who did not understand modern finance. Well, the data are now public and there has been no implosion. Yet again, it turns out that the cranks were right, and those in positions of authority were either ill-informed or lying.