Pelosi Threatens Discharge Petition to Force Tax Bill to House Floor

By: Friday November 30, 2012 2:04 pm

Since returning to the control of Republicans, the House has returned to the “Hastert rule,” (named for the former House Speaker, Denny Hastert) where only legislation that has a majority of votes among the majority, rather than a majority of votes overall, will get a vote on the floor. The Senate’s tax bill, which extends the Bush-era tax rates only on the first $250,000 of income, fits into this sweet spot. It probably has enough votes to pass but not enough to capture a majority of Republicans. Therefore, John Boehner rejects bringing it to the floor.


The Thing That Couldn’t Die: Yucca Battle Continues in Congress and in the Courts

By: Friday May 11, 2012 2:10 pm

It is hard not to think of this black and white bubbe meise while reviewing the most recent chapters in the battle over the future of the partially excavated, purportedly moribund Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in southwestern Nevada.

House GOP Tries to Shape Post-Shutdown Debate as Budget Deadline Looms

By: Tuesday April 5, 2011 7:03 am

Barring a miracle, we’ll have a shutdown of indeterminate length on Friday.

Republicans Balk at Budget Deal with Days Until Government Shutdown

By: Monday April 4, 2011 2:45 pm

The President set up a meeting between the House and Senate leadership and the top appropriators for tomorrow, which many see as the drop-dead date for a deal. I don’t know how it will come together in the next 24 hours, so federal employees should be on shutdown watch.

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