Topic: John Boehner
The scramble on Capitol Hill to come up with a solution to the nation’s debt crisis produced a surprise announcement from the White House Wednesday: Contrary to previous statements, President Obama would support a short-term deal to raise the debt ceiling. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney added an important caveat, however. The president would only sign the short-term deal if it was a means to buy time to finalize a longer-term deal without running afoul of the Aug. 2 deadline. Suddenly, Washington is awash in prospects for short term deals. Here are five:
07/20/2011 10:11 pm
In nod to gay rights, Obama backs repeal of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), which defines marriage as between one man and one woman and withholds federal benefits from gay married couples.
07/19/2011 05:58 pm
'Cut, cap, and balance' legislation, which lays out a GOP plan to eliminate the US budget deficit, is set for a House vote late Tuesday. A symbolic move, the vote is nonetheless vital to Republicans. Here's why.
07/19/2011 03:52 pm
Lawmakers do much of the actual lawmaking behind the scenes, then put on a show for the rest of us. But some Republicans can't seem to tell the difference between playacting and governing.
07/18/2011 12:15 pm
Will the Speaker of the House be able to take 'yes' for an answer?
07/18/2011 11:30 am
The political dance over the US debt ceiling crisis continued Sunday with the possibility that top lawmakers could be summoned to the White House, although no meeting had been scheduled.
07/17/2011 02:32 pm
With roughly a week left for President Obama and congressional leaders to reach an agreement on raising the debt ceiling, both sides took time out to argue their case to the public.
07/15/2011 04:07 pm
With debt ceiling talks showing no progress, some GOP leaders and constituencies are becoming concerned by the party's hard line in negotiations. Meanwhile, some Democrats are similarly worried about President Obama's bargaining.
07/14/2011 08:05 pm
How many ways are there to resolve the debt ceiling crisis? Negotiators meeting at the White House seem to hit one impasse after another, and frustration on both sides is mounting as an Aug. 2 deadline looms to avoid default on America’s debt obligations. Still, at least five options for handling the matter have been discussed in recent days and months. Other possible solutions may well emerge, but here’s the state of play on the options to date.
07/14/2011 05:11 pm
Debt ceiling pressures are mounting, as Republicans and Democrats both claim to have the right formula for closing the budget divide and raising the debt ceiling.
07/12/2011 08:27 pm