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Compromise is a good thing!

Compromise can be a good thing,  but let me tell you what I thought yesterday about the happenings on the Hill. I still wondered why Speaker Boehner, who was on the Sean Hannity show a few days ago, stated, “The Mack Penny Bill was worth looking at” had done absolutely nothing with regard to that bill? Even the media is ...

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Sausage-Making, Mediscare and a Vote [Video]

On Saturday afternoon, the blow-hards of Congress fired off salvo after salvo at each other before holding a vote that was a foregone conclusion. The House version of Harry Reid’s debt ceiling bill was coming up for a vote and the following debate took place just before the scheduled vote.

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House Version of Reid’s Debt Bill Fails House 173-246

Democrats joined Republicans in voting down the House version of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s debt bill on Saturday. In a 173 to 246 vote, 10 Democrats crossed the aisle to vote against the bill. In the pre-vote debate, a large part of Democrat commentary was in disagreement with the choice of rules under which the vote was being held. ...

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Reid Shows Signs That He Does Not Have 60 Votes for His Bill [Video]

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid does not have the votes to pass his own debt ceiling bill. Reid spent Friday night addressing the Senate in an attempt to blame Republicans for his inability to garner 60 vote support in the Senate for his legislation. Reid has 53 democrats that will vote for just about anything he puts in front of ...

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Vote Succeeds on Boehner’s Compromise Debt Bill 218-210

The bill passed with an eight vote margin: 218-210. Five democrats did not vote and in a show of ultra-partisanship, not a single democrat crossed the isle to vote yes. From the right side of the House, 22 republicans voted against it and 218 for.  GOP no votes were: Amash, Bachmann, Broun(GA), Chaffetz, Cravaack, DesJarlais, Duncan (SC), Gowdy, Graves (GA), Huelskamp, Johnson (IL), Jordan, King (IA), Latham, Mack, Mulvaney, McClintock, Mulvaney, Paul, Southerland, Walsh (IL), Wilson (SC). Now the ...

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HR 2693 – Reid’s Debt Bill in the House [Full Text]

On Thursday, it appears as though the House version of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s debt bill has surfaced. HR 2693 “The Budget Control Act of 2011”. This bill isn’t compromise, it’s pure can-kicking.  Summary The Reid bill looks like mainly fluff – no real cuts and nothing of substance. It basically defers everything to another debt committee (e.g. Simpson-Bowles committee) ...

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President Obama’s Speech on Debt Ceiling [Full Text and Video]

Listen live to Obama’s July 29th, 2011 remarks on the current debt ceiling debate. We will post a recorded version soon after the speech concludes along with a written full-text transcript of his remarks. Video  Full Transcript Good morning, everybody. I want to speak about the ongoing and increasingly urgent efforts to avoid default and reduce our deficit. Right now, ...

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Budget Ceiling Crisis Update: Debt Limit Compromise Passes the House

As the commentary and reports roll out of Washington D.C., it is apparent that we are not as near to a solution as first thought. This post will be constantly updated with the newest activities on the debt ceiling. 8-1-11 7:09pm The debt ceiling compromise passes the house by a wide margin 269-161. The bill will be voted on in ...

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Hold the Line!

Tea Party faithfuls are reminding Speaker Boehner that his seat as speaker is dependent upon him living up to their expectations. Expectations that the runaway spending in Washington will end under his leadership. Wearing t-shirts adorned with “Hold the Line” a large contingent of small-government activists held court at capitol hill on Wednesday. Their show of  solidarity wasn’t about dealing ...

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Journalists are Largely Wrong on Debt Ceiling

Going from meeting to meeting I often find myself yelling at the radio. At home, I’m shaking my head while some pundit espouses nothingness. Online is no better – the main stream media is nothing more than an expensive commercial for one political party or the other and none of them seem to be getting it right. On my way ...

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July 28th Radio Show: Debt, Norway, and possible GOP VP choices [Recorded Show Included]

Show Time: Thursday July 21st, 7pm pacific, 8pm Mountain, 9pm Central, 10pm Eastern Tune In: Plain, Hard Truth Radio Show Call in: Be part of the program – call in to the show: (424) 220-1807 Guests: Nicole Pearce and Andrew Staroska from Truth About Bills. Show Topics: Join Michelle and Rich as they take your calls on the budget crisis, the Norwegian ...

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They Aren’t Taking This Seriously

The debt mess is a huge mess and a whole slew of people aren’t serious about cleaning it up. Yesterday, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scored John Boehner’s plan and said that it only cut the deficit by about one trillion dollars over ten years. That same office scored Harry Reid’s plan and said that it would cut twice ...

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