GOP Senators Release More Serious Obamacare Alternatives

By: Monday January 27, 2014 6:30 pm

I’m left questioning how much these senators are really committed to this proposal because if they were willing to actually negotiate with Democrats back in 2010 they probably could have gotten a lot of these provision in exchange for their votes.


Baucus and Hatch Plan to Destroy Democratic Accountability for Tax Reform

By: Thursday July 25, 2013 1:05 pm

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) are planning to take secretive backroom deal making to a new extreme to get a big tax reform package. From The Hill:

Senate Democratic Tax Plan Increases Revenue By $28 Billion in 2013

By: Thursday July 19, 2012 6:20 pm

$28 billion. That’s the difference, in 2013, between the Democratic and Republican tax plans on the Bush tax cuts, which shows the narrowness of the debate.

Republicans want to extend all the Bush tax cuts permanently. Democrats have countered with a bill that would extend the tax cuts only on the first $250,000 of income for one year.

Senate Tries Moving Tax Extenders Package Before Election

By: Thursday June 14, 2012 10:34 am

The fiscal slope has several component parts, but one of the more overlooked ones is the series of what is colloquially known as “tax extenders,” those one-year tax breaks, usually for businesses, that are habitually extended. There’s a very good reason that these are only extended one year at a time – if you want to squeeze more campaign contributions out of business types, you have to show return on investment, and extending a tax break that saves their company millions every year – complete with the warnings that “without me as your champion in Congress, we may not be able to get this done” – does the trick.

Incumbent GOP Senators Have Little to Fear in General Election

By: Friday April 20, 2012 11:45 am

Only a few Republican senators have to worry about Democrats forcing them to make tough votes before the election

GOP Goons Force Health Expert Don Berwick to Withdraw

By: Wednesday November 23, 2011 2:00 pm

Donald Berwick, who’s been heading up efforts to improve Medicare service and lower costs, has withdrawn his nomination, another thoroughly competent, innocent victim of the Republican Goon Squad whose vicious efforts to destroy the concept of government in the public interest have no moral boundaries.

Orrin Hatch Bravely Defends Big Oil CEOs Against Mean Senate Democrats

By: Thursday May 12, 2011 10:30 am

You can always count on Republicans to stick up for the little guy oligarchs.

More GOP Hostage-Taking – Trade Deal Edition

By: Thursday March 10, 2011 3:56 pm

Personally, given how stupid all three trade deals are, this is one time I would be perfectly happy to see the Republicans shoot the hostage, but I fear Obama will use this as an excuse to make a bad piece of legislation even worse.

Biologic Exclusivity: Drug Makers Seek to Boost Their Immunity to the Free Market

By: Monday January 17, 2011 1:45 pm

What company wouldn’t want to have the government let it sell a product for whatever price it wanted, have the government use its power to stop anyone else from selling the product, and have the government directly or indirectly pay for buying the product?

Pressure Mounts For Moderate Republicans To Support the DREAM Act

By: Sunday September 19, 2010 1:15 pm

Senator George LeMieux (R-FL) is starting to feel the heat of pro-migrant voters, specifically Latino voters. Saturday, Univision aired a debate in which current Florida governor and U.S. Senate nominee Charlie Crist came out in support of the DREAM Act. Thursday, Representative Kendrick Meek (D-FL), and also a nominee for U.S. Senate, hand delivered a letter to LeMieux.

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