Progressive Caucus Throwing a Hissy Fit Over Inability to Spend Our Money
Asinine. It is a word I don’t get to break out nearly enough. But there is simply no other way to describe this … Liberal House Democrats say they’ ve been betrayed by their conservative Blue Dog colleagues. Months after shelving their doubts and helping Blue Dog Democrats get their signature issue of statutory pay-as-you-go language signed into law, some liberals say conservative Democrats have | Read More »
Pelosi’s Problems Propogate, Probably Propelling Paralysis
Problems, or P to the sixth power, is what Speaker Pelosi faces. She tells her caucus on a conference call not to believe reports that she has decided that the House will OK all the major positions of the Senate (read: cave to the Senate) — but in order to defeat the Senate position, she needs to show the White House and the Senate leadership, | Read More »
Obama Bets he can Roll the Speaker and 83 House Dems
The politics of passing health care reform are exactly opposite in the Democratic controlled U.S. House and U.S. Senate. 1) In the House, Speaker Pelosi, staying true to her San Francisco Democratic roots will not pass health reform without a public option — and she has a recent letter signed by 83 of her Dem House colleagues from the Progressive Caucus, telling the President that | Read More »
How About a $1.4 Trillion Stimulus?
Barack Obama requested $775 billion. The current pricetag is $825 billion. But the House Progressive Caucus thinks it needs to be a little bigger: say, $1.4 trillion. Liberal Democrats in the House are lobbying hard to put President-elect Obama’s economic stimulus bill over the trillion-dollar mark. “Some of us are saying we need a stimulus of 1.2 or 1.3 or 1.4 trillion to prevent a | Read More »