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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that he will try to push through a change to Senate rules that would limit the GOP’s ability to filibuster bills.
Speaking in the wake of Tuesday’s election, which boosted Senate Democrats’ numbers slightly, Mr. Reid said he won’t end filibusters altogether but that the rules need to change so that the minority party cannot use the legislative blocking tool as often.
“I think that the rules have been abused and that we’re going to work to change them,” he told reporters. “Were not going to do away with the filibuster but we’re going to make the Senate a more meaningful place.”
Reid moves to limit GOP filibusters
Green groups said Wednesday that they plan to make Senate rules reform to limit filibusters one of their top priorities heading into the next Congress.
The organizations said they succeeded in their campaign strategy of electing Senate allies as a buffer against legislation from the GOP-dominated House.
But the groups said current Senate rules requiring 60 votes to move beyond a filibuster are untenable and will stunt progress on clean energy and environmental bills.
Senate filibuster reform atop green group priorities
Originally posted by tovenar
Obama will win.
He will use an executive order to "fund the parts of government the republicans won't" Then he'll order the treasury to issue the debt to support it.
Like Charles I.
Don't believe me? We'll talk in January....
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday called for “a down payment” on deficit reduction during the lame-duck session of Congress and said Republicans would accept “new revenue” – but not higher tax rates – in a broader agreement next year.
In a press conference at the U.S. Capitol, Boehner congratulated President Obama on his reelection and quickly proceeded to lay down the House GOP majority’s conditions for resolving the stalemate on taxes and spending that Congress must confront in the next two months.
Boehner has moved swiftly to claim an equal mandate with the president, on the grounds that the same voters who approved a second term for Obama also affirmed a Republican majority in the House.
In a rare sight, the ordinarily off-the-cuff Speaker used a teleprompter for his statement in the most formal of Capitol settings – the Rayburn Room just off the House floor.
He took no questions from reporters
Originally posted by thov420
The way I see it is this: The federal government is spending more money than they have. There's only 3 logical ways to fix it. Cut spending, increase revenues, or do both. It sounds to me like increasing taxes and cutting spending simultaneously will have a greater effect than doing only 1 or the other.
At the same time, increasing taxes during a recession isn't a good idea either as it will hamper economic growth. So I'm torn on this issue. I guess we'll have to see what the next 4 years brings us.
The Congressional Budget Office offered a sobering assessment of the economic implications of plunging off the fiscal cliff Thursday, just as lawmakers prepare for a fight over taxes and spending.
If Congress and the Obama administration allow scheduled tax increases and spending cuts to occur, the economy will shrink by 0.5 percent in 2013. The unemployment rate would soar to 9.1 percent — up from 7.9 percent today.
The CBO said the outlook would be much more positive if Congress extended some or all of the expiring tax cuts and blocked the $109 billion in spending cuts slated next year for discretionary and mandatory programs.
If Congress blocked the spending cuts and extended all of the expiring tax cuts — except for the payroll tax break — the economy would grow by 2.25 percent next year. Adding the payroll tax cut and an extension of unemployment benefits would nudge the growth closer to 3 percent.
CBO: Fiscal cliff will mean recession, rise in unemployment