House Committee Passes Resolution of Disapproval for HHS Welfare Waivers

By: Thursday September 13, 2012 12:40 pm

The House Ways and Means Committee passed a resolution today that would overturn the Administration’s new welfare waiver policy under an oversight law called the Congressional Review Act. Another vote is expected in the House Education and the Workforce Committee later today, at which point the resolution could head to the floor of the House. This takes an issue that became a centerpiece of the Presidential election, with Mitt Romney’s campaign claiming (falsely) that the President “removed the work requirement for welfare,” and puts it squarely into Congress.

 

White House Just Following Law on Debt Limit Increase

By: Wednesday December 28, 2011 1:00 pm

Why is the White House asking to raise the debt limit now? In the text of the Budget Control Act of 2011, aka the debt limit deal, you see that Title III sets up the “Debt Limit Disapproval Process.” This sets the rules for when the President needs to ask for an increase in the debt limit, and the Rube Goldberg-like process for how Congress can “disapprove” of it without really stopping it.

Congress Quietly Clearing the Decks, Avoiding Hostage Situations

By: Saturday September 10, 2011 10:10 am

I think Republicans are showing themselves sensitive to criticism over hostage-taking, at least in the short term. It did damage to their party in the debt limit debate, and they’re wary of jumping into another fight of a similar ilk. The next hurdles to clear will be 2012 appropriations and surface transportation funding, both of which expire September 30.

McConnell Offers Rube Goldberg Plan to Allow Debt Limit Increases, Force Democratic Votes for Plan

By: Tuesday July 12, 2011 1:00 pm

Now, I cannot name for you one single solitary member of Congress who lost his or her seat because they voted to increase the debt limit. So McConnell may consider this tactically brilliant, but Democrats would be fine to call his bluff. What’s more, it would keep alive the many charges they could level at Republicans in 2012, like voting to end Medicare. The way I think it’s structured, you wouldn’t even necessarily need the aforementioned Tester and Nelson and McCaskill and Manchin to vote to uphold the Presidential veto; you’d just need 34 Democrats.

Republicans Plan to Use More Resolutions of Disapproval Next Year

By: Monday December 27, 2010 1:25 pm

The filibuster is essentially a dead procedural instrument walking. Democrats want to rein in its abuse, and Republicans want to use alternative legislative means like the Congressional Review Act that avoid a filibuster. It’s a matter of time before one side or the other bites the bullet and does away with it.

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