President Obama has begun taking a series of unilateral executive actions to try to help improve the economy as part of his new “we can’t wait” plan. This could be a smart political move for Mr. Obama, allowing him to take credit for small improvements and blame the GOP Congress for not doing more.
|By: Jon Walker Monday October 24, 2011 1:30 pm|
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday October 10, 2011 9:15 am|
Tonight FDL will be hosting a webinar at 8pm ET on the NAFTA-style trade deals for Panama, Columbia and Korea that congress will vote on this week. Our guests will be actor Danny Glover, Chair of TransAfrica; Congressman Emanuel Cleaver and Professor Joseph Jordan of TransAfrica’s Scholars’ Council. TransAfrica Chief of Staff Joia Nuri will host the chat and serve as moderator. Be sure to sign up.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday June 9, 2010 2:50 pm|
The months and months of effort put into a bill that won’t create hardly anything in the way of jobs – more of a bill to stave off more disaster than anything – is a perfect model for a dysfunctional legislative system. To recap, the Senate passed a $154 billion package back in December that included a lot of the elements in this current jobs bill. The House broke it apart, passed a small piece of it (which did become law) and then passed another piece in March. The informal conference committee produced another bill which ballooned back up as high as $200 billion. Then Blue Dogs decided to strip out provisions that would maintain health care for the poor and the jobless and deliver aid to the states. Now, the Senate is putting them back in. And we’re nearly six months from that original vote, and the two chambers seem diametrically opposed on their priorities, with no end in sight.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday June 2, 2010 8:00 am|
Fielding questions with progressive bloggers, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told FDL News that she personally supports two key measures of the Wall Street reform package that reformers will fight for in conference, and that the House conferees on the bill will have a goal of seeing the most progressive legislation possible come forward, even if that contrasts with the bill their own chamber passed last December.
|By: Jon Walker Saturday May 29, 2010 4:50 pm|
While not passing a COBRA extension, Congress did manage to vote for an incredibly expensive second engine for the F-35, which the military says it doesn’t need and really doesn’t want. We are literally wasting billions on hardware the military is asking Congress to cut while causing economically besieged Americans to lose their insurance.
|By: David Dayen Friday May 28, 2010 9:00 am|
Blue Dogs will never see the relationship to their consistent opposition to stimulative job-creation measures and their personal job security. If they win in November, they’ll say it was because they avoided “tough votes” like this. If they lose, they’ll say it was because the caucus moved too far to the left. This catch-22 only hurts their constituents, however.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday May 26, 2010 8:56 am|
This administration has been through one budget cycle. Mistakes like this are either unconscionable or deliberate. The $500 million for border security attached to a National Guard presence gets tossed in at the last minute, and a teacher funding bill which has been on the priority list for two weeks gets scuttled amidst mixed messages. Can’t anyone here play this game?
|By: David Dayen Wednesday May 26, 2010 7:45 am|
Blue Dogs are probably balking at the extent of the spending that doesn’t get an offset, if not the end of the tax break for wealthy contributors money managers. Put it this way, if it gets a vote in the House, it’ll pass; if not, all bets are off.
|By: David Dayen Monday May 24, 2010 8:18 am|
We have a $180 billion dollar jobs bill likely to get a vote this week. Very few people know about it. But labor has made it a litmus test.