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  • Debt Limit Increase Danger

    The House is expected to vote down a clean increase of the debt limit today.  This vote is merely political theater and a way for Members of Congress to go on record as being against an increase in the debt limit without any cuts to spending or reforms to the … More

    Balanced Budget Amendment Is the Price for a Debt Limit Increase

    A battle is raging within the conservative movement on Capitol Hill whether to shoot at the flag stick or lay up (in golf terms). The battle is between the Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) versus a statutory spending cap bill. Both factions have good points. The bold, shoot-at-the-flag-stick faction of the … More

    The Debt Failsafe Trigger Danger

    What is the “debt failsafe” trigger that the President rolled out in his speech on April 13? This is an idea that may be introduced into the debt limit increase debate next month, and it is a dangerous idea.  If the Senate’s “Gang of Six” (a bipartisan group working to … More

    More Continuing Resolution Transparency, Please

    One issue that has come to the forefront in the debate over a continuing resolution to fund the government for the remainder of the year is transparency.  Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and President Barack Obama negotiated a deal on Friday averting … More

    Senate and President Obama to Blame for Partial Government Shutdown

    Clearly the United States Senate and the President will be to blame for a partial federal government shutdown if Congress can’t pass a measure to fund the federal government past April 8th.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will get special blame, primarily because he has not allowed a full … More

    Senate Resolution Requesting No-Fly Zone in Libya Changed in Secret

    On March 1 the U.S. Senate passed a resolution by unanimous consent calling for a no-fly zone in Libya. Many Senators are angry, because they feel like they were the subject of a bait and switch. The resolution was advertised as a condemnation of the human rights situation in Libya, … More

    Secret Earmarks Remain in Federal Budget

    USA Today reported this week that billions in earmarks remain tucked into the funding measure that keeps the federal government running for the remainder of the fiscal year.  Congress is debating right now how much to cut from the measure, yet these secret earmarks are not being openly discussed by … More

    Senate Fails to Pass Continuing Resolution

    The fight to cut government spending is entering a new phase as the Senate yesterday rejected two pieces of legislation to fund the government though a long-term continuing resolution (CR) for the remainder of the fiscal year. The Senate seems incapable of negotiating with the House, because they can’t even … More

    Reid's Obstructionism May Cause Government Shutdown

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) may cause a government shutdown. Senator Reid is employing a procedural strategy to deal with the House-passed long-term Continuing Resolution (CR), H.R. 1, that may make it more likely that the federal government will shut down when the government runs out of money on … More

    The Balanced Budget Debate Begins

    Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) has offered a Sense of the Senate Amendment to the Patent Reform Act of 2011 (S.23) testing the waters on the idea of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution (Senate Amendment 115). This will be a referendum to testing the waters for the idea of … More