Patty Murray Continues to Run From Her Own Budget Deal

By: Thursday December 19, 2013 6:40 am

The Ryan-Murray budget deal is heading to President Obama’s desk after having passed the Senate. It is nothing to be proud of. A point that Senator Patty Murray herself has made repeatedly. Murray claimed during the legislative process that the bill – despite being flawed – needed to pass in order to prevent another shutdown and the continuance of intolerable sequestration. Murray said “both sides had to give a bit.”

 

Budget Deal Set to Clear Senate

By: Tuesday December 17, 2013 12:10 pm

There is not much positive to say about this budget deal except for that fact that it helps temporarily kill the push for a grand bargain.

Tea Party Furious Over War Industry Patronage in Ryan-Murray Budget

By: Thursday December 12, 2013 7:32 am

Progressives are not the only ones disgusted by the ludicrous military spending in the Ryan-Murray budget deal. Yesterday Rick Santelli – whose outburst over government assistance to homeowners is alleged to have started the Tea Party – hosted David Stockman, the former Office of Management and Budget Director for the Reagan Administration.

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Ryan-Murray Budget Deal Announced To Remove Defense Cuts

By: Wednesday December 11, 2013 6:55 am

Representative Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray announced a budget deal yesterday. The deal replaces $63 billion in sequester cuts over two years and cuts an additional $23 billion in long term deficits. The deal will restore defense spending. The funding comes from increased fees for air travel and cuts to federal worker pension programs.

Democrats Adamant on Senate Version of Violence Against Women Act

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 4:33 pm

The renewal of the Violence Against Women Act got caught up earlier this year in a partisan controversy. Republicans objected to provisions that would have expanded the anti-domestic violence protections to tribal land, undocumented immigrants and same-sex couples. Both the House and Senate passed versions of the bill that catered to their respective bases. And there didn’t seem to be much hope for a reconciliation of the various differences. Joe Biden and Dems came out strongly today for their expanded version.

Senate Democrats Holding Firm on Strategy to Let Bush Tax Cuts Expire, Come Back in 2013

By: Wednesday July 18, 2012 8:00 am

It’s with some pride that I note the current strategy from Senate Democrats to let the Bush tax cuts expire and then, if necessary, come back with a more progressive tax cut later. I was calling for this in 2010, and pretty much nobody agreed, save for perhaps Tom Udall (D-NM). Two years later, it has congealed into conventional wisdom, exactly as I described it, and exactly as Sheldon Whitehouse described it to me at Netroots Nation.

Murray Amendment to Request Study on Trigger Cuts Passes in Farm Bill

By: Friday June 22, 2012 6:44 am

The Senate did pass the farm bill yesterday, but included in the package was an amendment from Patty Murray that will force the executive branch to give more information on how they plan to handle the automatic cuts scheduled for the end of the year. And importantly, that directive does not just go to the Pentagon, but to the whole of government.

Women’s Rights Advocates in Congress Quiet on Plan B Decision

By: Friday December 9, 2011 8:22 am

I’d like to say that the decision on restricting access to Plan B has led to a backlash in Washington. I’d like to say that female and male legislators alike lambasted the decision, which will result in more unwanted pregnancies and more abortions because paternalistic policymakers didn’t want to feel icky. But the headline “Plan B decision draws strong and mixed reaction” doesn’t really connote mass outrage. Some women’s groups have condemned the decision, yes – Planned Parenthood wants to meet with Sebelius – but the reaction has been more muted than deserved. And outside of Sen. Patty Murray, women’s advocates in Congress have given the Administration a pass.

Social Security Works’ Alex Lawson Talks Super Committee Stupidity on C-Span

By: Monday October 24, 2011 2:25 pm

Alex Lawson from Social Security Works answers questions about Social Security and the shameless secrecy and misplaced priorities of the Congressional Super Committee charged with reducing deficits.

The Super Congress And Its Unnamed Donors

By: Monday September 19, 2011 2:20 pm

Supreme Court Justices tell us not to worry, the invisible hand of the market of ideas will work to our advantage. Now, ignore that man behind the curtain with those bags of unearned and untaxed cash.

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