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Congress WILL try NOT to shut down the Government over spending….

They’re gonna punt…..

Again….

Lets see if the can extract a little MORE drama out of this from the Conservatives in the House?

Senior House and Senate leaders voiced optimism that they could reach agreement on a stopgap spending measure that would prevent a government shutdown shortly before the November election.

Congress has more than two months to figure out how to fund the government this fall, but because lawmakers are only in session for less than three weeks during that time, discussions about a continuing resolution have heated up in recent days. The Senate has made little progress passing annual appropriations bills, necessitating a stopgap measure to keep the government’s lights on through the November election.

It could be political suicide to have a government shutdown before voters go to the polls — for both sides of the aisle. Congress’s approval rating is a scant 16 percent, according to a July Gallup poll.

The central issue has been the length of a stopgap, and both sides appeared to be moving toward a six-month bill, which would keep the government running into 2013.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday talks were occurring “at a high level” and had been “very productive.” Reid also suggested that he would support a continuing resolution that would extend into 2013, aligning him with House conservatives who have pushed their leadership for a six-month bill. “It would be to my preference that we do something that would alleviate this being an issue that we have during the lame duck,” Reid said….

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July 26, 2012 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Politics, Projections, Taxes, The Economy, Updates | , , | 4 Comments

The War Funding Bill passes the Senate…..Feingold loses on Afghan Deadline……

The Bill passes….

The Senate goes home…

Feingold strikes out on trying to get a firm date for a US Troop …..Afghan withdrawal…..

The Senate approved a $58.8 billion wartime spending bill Thursday night even as House Democrats ordered still more cuts from their jobs and economic relief package in a desperate triage operation to save core provisions before Memorial Day.

President Barack Obama is promised broad discretion — and funding — to pursue his expanded military commitments to Afghanistan and its neighbor Pakistan under the war appropriations, approved 67-28. But as many as 26 Republican senators—more than half the party’s conference—opposed the measure, reflecting deficit concerns. And the path ahead will get rockier given the fallout in the House from the fight over jobs and domestic spending.

The latest round of cuts would eliminate $31 billion to pay for health-related benefits for the unemployed and federal aid to cash-strapped states to maintain Medicaid services. A third $21.9 billion Medicare provision, protecting physicians from deep cuts in their reimbursements over the next 19 months, will be made subject to a separate up-or-down vote.

Left intact is $56.9 billion in tax-cut extensions and revenue offsets that pays for itself — as well as new infrastructure investments and summer jobs programs. This minimizes the deficit impact to about $40 billion in emergency funding to cover jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed through Nov. 30.

“I feel comfortable that we will have something that will reach our goals,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi in anticipation of floor votes Friday before the House recesses for the holiday. But with senators already heading out the door, there’s no longer any real chance of enactment this week. And even when the Senate returns June 7, the whole effort will have lost the momentum Democrats once hoped to harness this week.

“We’re going to do our best but it’s just going to take time,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D—Mont.) told POLITICO.

The Feingold story…..

Just two Democrats, Sens. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Ron Wyden of Oregon, opposed the wartime appropriations, and a Feingold amendment, requiring Obama to spell out more fully his long-term expectations for a U.S. troop withdrawal, was earlier defeated 80-18.

House Democrats are expected to impose more conditions on Afghan and Pakistani aid when they deal with the same bill next month. But in light of the jobs debate now, the bigger issue may be how much domestic spending will be added in the process.

“Its chaos,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Obey, who abruptly postponed his own markup of the war bill, scheduled for Thursday evening. The Wisconsin Democrat denied he was buying time to better judge the fallout from the jobs fight. But Obey is already proposing to add about $30 billion in domestic spending on top of the Senate totals and could become a target for governors seeking lost Medicaid funds.

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May 28, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, The Economy, Updates | , , | 5 Comments

Republican's stop the Wall Street Fianace Bill….for now….

Everybody knew this was going to happen…

The GOP will hold tight …looking for concessions in the bill…..

The president again will have to personally step in to get it done…..

This is Healthcare all over again….drama….but it’ll get passed…..

This is the way of the US Congress….

Enjoy the ride…..

Sensing political momentum at a time of deep public anger at Wall Street, Democratic leaders said they would keep the regulatory bill on the floor — and delay the rest of their busy legislative agenda — to ratchet up the pressure on the Republicans.

Democrats said they believed the fight over financial regulation — and signs of economic recovery in many parts of the country — could help turn the tide of anti-incumbent sentiment that has them bracing for substantial losses in November.

President Obama joined in criticizing Republicans for refusing to begin debate, and urged them to “put the interests of the country ahead of party.”

“We are as vulnerable as we are today in the waning days of April 2010 as we were in the fall of 2008,” said SenatorChristopher J. Dodd, Democrat of Connecticut and chairman of the banking committee, who is the primary sponsor of the bill. “Nothing has changed, except, of course, jobs have been lost, homes have gone into foreclosure, retirement incomes have evaporated, housing values have declined.”

Republicans, too, see major advantage in their stance, with the Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, using the issue to bolster his overarching political argument this year: that the Democrats’ one-party rule in Washington is detrimental.

Mr. McConnell, in a floor speech on Monday, rattled off a list of major legislation that he said had not benefited Americans in the ways Democrats had promised, including the economic stimulus measures and the health care legislation. “The days of taking the Democrats’ word for it are over,” he said.

The vote on Monday was 57 to 41, as Democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed to cut off a filibuster of a motion to proceed.

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April 26, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Republican’s stop the Wall Street Fianace Bill….for now….

Everybody knew this was going to happen…

The GOP will hold tight …looking for concessions in the bill…..

The president again will have to personally step in to get it done…..

This is Healthcare all over again….drama….but it’ll get passed…..

This is the way of the US Congress….

Enjoy the ride…..

Sensing political momentum at a time of deep public anger at Wall Street, Democratic leaders said they would keep the regulatory bill on the floor — and delay the rest of their busy legislative agenda — to ratchet up the pressure on the Republicans.

Democrats said they believed the fight over financial regulation — and signs of economic recovery in many parts of the country — could help turn the tide of anti-incumbent sentiment that has them bracing for substantial losses in November.

President Obama joined in criticizing Republicans for refusing to begin debate, and urged them to “put the interests of the country ahead of party.”

“We are as vulnerable as we are today in the waning days of April 2010 as we were in the fall of 2008,” said SenatorChristopher J. Dodd, Democrat of Connecticut and chairman of the banking committee, who is the primary sponsor of the bill. “Nothing has changed, except, of course, jobs have been lost, homes have gone into foreclosure, retirement incomes have evaporated, housing values have declined.”

Republicans, too, see major advantage in their stance, with the Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, using the issue to bolster his overarching political argument this year: that the Democrats’ one-party rule in Washington is detrimental.

Mr. McConnell, in a floor speech on Monday, rattled off a list of major legislation that he said had not benefited Americans in the ways Democrats had promised, including the economic stimulus measures and the health care legislation. “The days of taking the Democrats’ word for it are over,” he said.

The vote on Monday was 57 to 41, as Democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed to cut off a filibuster of a motion to proceed.

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April 26, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

The Healthcare Bill….. already law…is finished…and done…..

President Obama discusses health insurance reform at the University of Iowa on Thursday.

[ President Obama out selling the Bill at the University of Iowa ]

Note the presidential grey hair process starting………

From the Hill……

The House put the finishing touches on healthcare reform Thursday night by passing a “fixes” bill that finally will allow President Barack Obama and his allies on Capitol Hill to declare final victory on what had been one of the Democratic Party’s biggest pieces of unfinished business.

The bill encompasses the White House-brokered compromises between the Senate-authored healthcare reform law Obama enacted Tuesday and the version the House passed in November.

The House passed the bill on a 220-207 vote, with 32 Democrats voting with every Republican against the measure.

Little over six hours after the Senate tweaked and approved the reconciliation package, lawmakers in the lower chamber sped through a Rules committee meeting and several votes to send the “fixes” to the healthcare bill to the floor.

The scene unfolding in the House chamber was starkly different than on Sunday. Instead of protesters and packed galleries, lawmakers spoke to a sparsely attended chamber.

A handful of members discussed the merits of the amended reconciliation bill, which includes a student loan program to help offset the cost of the president’s billion-dollar healthcare plan, while others attacked the healthcare law and the philosophical differences of the parties.

Most, though, wanted to go home and did — quickly.

Though the healthcare reform bill is already law, Congress had some work left to do after Obama’s signing ceremony Tuesday.

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Enough already!

Move on…..

Let the diehards keep complaining and fighting ….the public seeing it passed and life still going on..is tired and wants to move on…..

Finally…The Democrats led by Obama have proved that they can do something when they dig in…..

We’ll see how it plays in November…..

The GOP maybe surprised…….

March 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , | 6 Comments

The White House and Senate are close to deal on the Gitmo detainees….doing military trials not civilian ones…..

The deal is being done by the White House….. just as the Dog predicted it would be…..

AG Eric Holder will be told the results……

The Dog mentioned in a past before that Obama won’t make the rookie mistake of letting a cabinet member make a policy decision that will put him a jam anymore….this isn’t unexpected …..all president’s go thru this transformation…learning that in the confrontational world of national politics you cannot afford to let people make decisions just on their merits (imagine that! ) …..politics rears its head in everything…..

Here’s some of the piece from the Wall Street Journal…….

The White House is nearing a deal with a bipartisan group of senators to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and pave the way for more detainees to be tried before military commissions, a move that would reverse a signature Obama administration security policy.

The deal would put the alleged mastermind of the attacks of September 2001, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, his fellow plotters and other top terror suspects before revamped military commissions, rather than in civilian trials as the Obama administration had sought. These courts would offer defendants more rights than they had under the Bush administration, but fewer than they would be afforded in civilian court.

The effort, led by White House counsel Robert Bauer and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, further sidelines Attorney General Eric Holder, who at a hearing Tuesday continued to argue that the planners of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and other terrorists should be given civilian federal trials.

Any such deal would represent the final repudiation of Mr. Holder’s November decision to bring the 9/11 plotters to civilian trial in New York City, and a switch for the White House, which suspended the Bush-era military commissions as one of its first acts in office. The White House and the Justice Department appear to be at loggerheads on the matter, and Justice Department officials say they are not a party to the negotiations.

The framework of the deal is being led in Congress by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Mr. Graham wants civilian courts to be reserved for low-level Al Qaeda operatives and terrorist financiers, a far smaller group than previously considered.

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March 19, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, September 11, Updates | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Is Scott Brown 'reachable ' for the Democrats?…..

Harry Reid speaks at an event.

My son spend last weekend in Bostan……

One of the first thinks he pointed out to me when he got back was that place seemed to smell Democratic…….and Sports….

We here at the Dog reminded people out there that where doing backflips over Scott Brown’s el;ection that the guy is the only Republican for miles around the state….That means he gotta live with his tate being deomcratic….so he can’t run too much with the GOP guys…..It won’t play to good for him…especially since he’s gotta run again in two years…..

So why am I not surprised that The Senate Majority Leader is already calling Senator Brown for his feeling about voting for a Jobs Bill?

Here’s some of the piece …….

Lacking votes on a jobs bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is reaching out to the man who cost Democrats their 60-vote supermajority: Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown.

Reid has been making calls to Republicans throughout this recess week in hopes of building bipartisan support for a seriously scaled-back jobs bill, and even though the GOP has heralded Brown as “Mr. 41” — the key to blocking the Democratic agenda — Reid clearly believes Brown is gettable on this issue.

Reid has been “making some phone calls to Republicans trying to see if they’ll support it,” spokesman Jim Manley said in a Wednesday afternoon interview.

“Putting Americans back to work is Senator Brown’s main legislative priority,” said Brown spokesman Colin Reed. “He looks forward to working with members of both political parties to craft bi-partisan legislation that will create jobs, help the state of Massachusetts and get our economy back on track.”

Manley confirmed that Brown is among the handful of Republicans Reid has called, but he wouldn’t name others.

The wooing of Brown is rife with irony. His election devastated Democrats, and many saw his upset of Democrat Martha Coakley as the death knell for health care reform. Brown has already helped kill an Obama labor nominee, angering labor unions.

But Reid believes Brown may be open to bipartisan negotiations on jobs legislation.

“We need Republican votes,” Manley said. “In the end, it’s up to the Republicans. I don’t know how they’ll vote.”

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The Dog is happy that the Democrats have gotten a reality check and now are working to include Republicans in legislation which is good cover and common sense in getting things done…..This is the way to govern……

February 17, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Is Scott Brown ‘reachable ‘ for the Democrats?…..

Harry Reid speaks at an event.

My son spend last weekend in Bostan……

One of the first thinks he pointed out to me when he got back was that place seemed to smell Democratic…….and Sports….

We here at the Dog reminded people out there that where doing backflips over Scott Brown’s el;ection that the guy is the only Republican for miles around the state….That means he gotta live with his tate being deomcratic….so he can’t run too much with the GOP guys…..It won’t play to good for him…especially since he’s gotta run again in two years…..

So why am I not surprised that The Senate Majority Leader is already calling Senator Brown for his feeling about voting for a Jobs Bill?

Here’s some of the piece …….

Lacking votes on a jobs bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is reaching out to the man who cost Democrats their 60-vote supermajority: Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown.

Reid has been making calls to Republicans throughout this recess week in hopes of building bipartisan support for a seriously scaled-back jobs bill, and even though the GOP has heralded Brown as “Mr. 41” — the key to blocking the Democratic agenda — Reid clearly believes Brown is gettable on this issue.

Reid has been “making some phone calls to Republicans trying to see if they’ll support it,” spokesman Jim Manley said in a Wednesday afternoon interview.

“Putting Americans back to work is Senator Brown’s main legislative priority,” said Brown spokesman Colin Reed. “He looks forward to working with members of both political parties to craft bi-partisan legislation that will create jobs, help the state of Massachusetts and get our economy back on track.”

Manley confirmed that Brown is among the handful of Republicans Reid has called, but he wouldn’t name others.

The wooing of Brown is rife with irony. His election devastated Democrats, and many saw his upset of Democrat Martha Coakley as the death knell for health care reform. Brown has already helped kill an Obama labor nominee, angering labor unions.

But Reid believes Brown may be open to bipartisan negotiations on jobs legislation.

“We need Republican votes,” Manley said. “In the end, it’s up to the Republicans. I don’t know how they’ll vote.”

More………

The Dog is happy that the Democrats have gotten a reality check and now are working to include Republicans in legislation which is good cover and common sense in getting things done…..This is the way to govern……

February 17, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Will the final Heathcare Bill be more of the Senate's version?

Probably…..

Since the House had a bigger democratic majority…..the party got more or less what it wanted….the final measure will almost assuredly resemble the Senate\’s version since it was watered down to meet more the centralist  leaning senators……

More to come…..

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Politics | , | 2 Comments

Will the final Heathcare Bill be more of the Senate’s version?

Probably…..

Since the House had a bigger democratic majority…..the party got more or less what it wanted….the final measure will almost assuredly resemble the Senate\’s version since it was watered down to meet more the centralist  leaning senators……

More to come…..

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Politics | , | 2 Comments