Immigration Reform Clears Procedural Hurdle to Get to Senate Floor

By: Tuesday June 11, 2013 5:25 pm

The Senate will now officially debate immigration reform. Tuesday afternoon the Senate voted 82-15 to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to debate on the immigration reform bill written by the Gang of Eight. The bill needed 60 votes to overcome this procedural hurdle.

Immigration Reform Takes an Important Step Forward

By: Wednesday May 22, 2013 11:15 am

While most of the media has focused on scandals and tornadoes, the Senate has taken the unusual step of actually getting some real work down using regular order. Late yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee finished mark up on the immigration reform bill and approved it in a vote of 13 to 5.

Draft Immigration Reform Bills Could Emerge Next Week

By: Monday April 1, 2013 10:20 am

In both the Senate and the House bipartisan groups are very close to releasing draft immigration reform bills. It is possible we could see some preliminary legislative language as early as next week.

In the Senate the Gang of Eight resolved a major sticking point about guest workers, which should allow the group to finish their draft proposal. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told Meet the Press that all the major policy issues have been resolved and they should finish drafting all the possible legislative language this week. If the gang agrees to the draft language it is expected to move quickly to committee.

The Fiscal Cliff Is Not a Cliff

By: Wednesday October 10, 2012 11:45 am

The word “cliff” does a lot of work here. If there is a drop-dead date, a point of no return where the unwinding of the damage would be too great, then the sense of urgency generated by the Gang of Eight would make more sense. But it actually doesn’t work that way. The economy won’t fall off a cliff, but amble down a slope, in a way that allows for much more deliberative conversation about the best practices for the economy today, not just in the future.

Gang of Eight Discusses Six-Month Punt for Fiscal Cliff

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 2:00 pm

Yesterday, John Boehner appeared to wave a white flag on talks aimed at resolving the fiscal cliff. Harry Reid reacted to that with disappointment, saying that there’s still time for a deficit reduction deal. But the real endgame – at least for the lame duck session – is coming into focus, with one of those “gang of” eight groups trying to negotiate a six month deal.

Would Obama Issue First Veto to Protect Anthrax Whitewash?

By: Tuesday March 16, 2010 6:59 am

Bloomberg is reporting that Office of Management and Budget head Peter Orszag has told the intelligence committees Obama will veto the intelligence authorization because–among other reasons–it calls for re-examining the FBI’s conspiracy theory-as-investigation summary finding that Bruce Ivins acted alone.

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