July 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The game of chicken over the nation's impending "fiscal cliff" - the automatic tax increases and spending cuts due if Congress fails to act by year-end - has officially begun. Congressional Democratic leaders made clear Monday that they had no interest in averting the bleak scenario if Republicans continued to refuse to soften their hard-line opposition to higher taxes on wealthier Americans. "If Republicans won't work with us on a balanced approach, we are not going to get a deal," said Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, the No. 4 Democrat and the party's senatorial campaign chairwoman, during a talk at the Brookings Institution.
July 10, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats, usually struggling with some level of discord over tax issues, seemed suddenly less combative after emerging from a closed-door session with President Obama's top surrogates, advisor David Axelrod and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Call it their game face, but at a lunch session that was described as “lively” and “healthy” with Senate Democrats on Tuesday, lawmakers left with a show of not quite unity, but something more like an evolving party position.
April 11, 2011 |
Americans overwhelmingly approve of the budget agreement that averted a government shutdown, and credit Democrats more so than Republicans for reaching the compromise, a new poll finds. The CNN/Opinion Research survey, conducted Saturday and Sunday, is one of the first released after Friday's last-minute compromise between House Republicans, Senate Democrats and the White House. It found that 58% of Americans approve of the compromise, while 38% disapprove and 5% had no opinion.
December 3, 2010 |
Congressional Democrats searched for leverage Friday in their bitter debate with Republicans over extending George W. Bush-era tax cuts, lashing out against giving "tax breaks to millionaires" and preparing for a rare weekend session in the Senate on the issue. But the increasingly aggressive Democratic posture may come too late in the protracted battle over the fate of tax cuts that are set to expire Dec. 31. The White House has indicated it would consider an agreement with Republicans to temporarily extend all tax breaks, even for households earning more than $250,000 annually, if the GOP agreed to concessions and withdrew its block on certain Democratic priorities.
November 18, 2010 |
The White House and congressional Democrats are pushing to bring to a vote a bill that creates a path to legal status for young illegal immigrants, seeking to win support from moderate Republicans in the lame-duck session before a more conservative GOP contingent arrives in January. Senior Obama administration officials say Congress should take the opportunity to pass the bill, which was written by members of both parties, to demonstrate to Latino voters that there is bipartisan support for practical approaches to dealing with illegal immigration.
August 25, 2010 |
The Republican leader who hopes to become the next speaker of the House criticized White House economic policies Tuesday in a speech that was met with a coordinated attack from Democrats that resembled the rapid response perfected during Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Rep. John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) called for firing the Treasury secretary and repealing parts of the healthcare law, giving shape to a party agenda as Republicans try to take over the House this fall. In response, Democrats unleashed Vice President Joe Biden for a rebuttal that cast Boehner's priorities as a return to the George W. Bush administration policies that led to the economic crisis, and that showed Democrats were unwilling to let Republican attacks go unanswered.