Good News for Growth: Kevin Brady Is the New Tax Man
The crusade for tax reform, free trade, a sound dollar, and Obamacare repeal got a big lift on Wednesday when House GOP leaders chose Kevin Brady of Texas to replace newly elected Speaker Paul Ryan as chair of the powerful …
The Bipartisan Budget Deal Demonstrates What’s Wrong with Washington
Each night in America, many parents are having serious discussions after their kids go to bed — and the subjects are usually the same. How will we pay the mortgage? How can we save for our kids’ educations or our …
House Conservatives Give Ryan a Pass on Budget Deal
Paul Ryan’s decision to vote for the controversial budget deal John Boehner negotiated with the White House isn’t expected to complicate his ascension to the speaker’s chair.
Members of the House Freedom Caucus (HFC), despite making plain …
Ryan Rips Boehner behind Closed Doors
Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner’s last-minute debt-limit deal is a textbook example of what Paul Ryan has promised not to do as leader of the Republican conference.
“I think the process stinks,” the incoming speaker told reporters Tuesday. ”We …
Jeff Sessions: Kill Boehner/Obama Budget Deal
Senate conservatives want to kill the just-announced budget and debt-limit deal that outgoing House speaker John Boehner negotiated with the White House.
Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) called for a short-term agreement that would buy time beyond the November 3 debt-limit …
Obama’s Veto Betrays America’s Military
Sequestration has elicited garment-rending from Head Start administrators and builders of bridges to nowhere, because it has proven about the only fiscal discipline of which Washington, D.C., is capable. President Obama, eager to end his presidency in an Oprah-style …
Congress and the Budget: Danger Ahead
While most of us have been consumed with the three-ring circus that has been the presidential election campaign, the regular business of government has been slowly grinding on. Unfortunately, several budgetary items facing Congress this fall threaten another government shutdown, …
The CBO Needs to Do Dynamic Scoring Right
When Republicans took over Congress this year, they asked the Congressional Budget Office, the federal government’s budget referee, to use dynamic scoring methodology — incorporating economic feedback effects — in analyzing the prospective cost of certain legislation.
For instance, some government …
It’s Always a Good Time to Impose Fiscal Discipline
My family loves to hike, and together we have hiked in some beautiful places. One of our favorites is Glacier National Park in Montana. On the trail my wife, our twin daughters, and I push forward together, rest when we …
Prepare for the rise of the landed nobility. Democracy as we’ve known it was nice while it lasted, but House Republicans have signaled the beginning of its end with a vote to repeal the estate tax.
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Senate Democrats Look to Consolidate Wins from Budget Deal
Senate Democrats have issued the opening salvo in an effort to consolidate the victories they achieved in last week’s budget and debt-limit deal, accusing new House speaker Paul Ryan of flirting with the idea of a government shutdown in December.
Paul Ryan Starts Off on Wrong Foot with Budget Deal
Grass-roots conservatives have many unrealistic expectations and political objectives. And then sometimes they have a good point.
The new budget deal arranged by John Boehner and the Democrats — approving $50 billion of additional spending in 2016 and $30 billion in 2017 — will …
No Way, No How, on Budget Deal/Capitulation
This budget deal is an abomination. It must be defeated.
I write that as somebody who once served on the House Appropriations Committee staff. And as somebody who still contends that John Boehner’s “Plan B” for the expiring Bush tax …
John Boehner said last month that he wanted to “clean the barn” for his successor as Speaker of the House. But his eleventh-hour budget deal is a pigsty-worthy mess.
The speaker’s office is advertising the deal, struck Monday with …
Republican Leaders Should Dump Obama’s Budget Deal
Power of the purse?
Senate majority “leader” Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) has joined Representative John Boehner (R., Ohio) in the outgoing House speaker’s final insult to the Republican party. They want to gift-wrap their shared Prada purse, …
Boehner Floats Debt-Limit Fight
Congressional Republicans itching for a fight over increasing the debt limit might get their wish, outgoing House speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) suggested on Tuesday.
Boehner acknowledged the difficulty of getting the 218 votes needed to pass a bill that would …
Inside Higher Education wrote today about how one public university in Wisconsin is coping with budget cuts. The reductions are mostly due to a statewide $250 million cutback but a small decline in enrollment also contributed. Specifically, says IHE, the University …
Scott Scarborough, president of the University of Akron, a public research university in Ohio, has a plan to erase a $60 million shortfall over the next three years. Scarborough is an expert in finance who has improved the financial condition of …
The Republican Budgets: Balanced in Name Only
In Washington, the conservative thing to do these days is to champion a balanced budget. Quite recently, in fact, Republicans have congratulated themselves for passing two budgets (one in each house of Congress) that, on their face, will achieve balance …
There Are At Least Two Big Problems with the Republican Budgets
The Republican chairmen of the House and Senate Budget Committees put out their budgets recently, and have succeeded in passing the respective proposals. The House proposal is here and the Senate proposal is here; both plans are roughly the same. …