Archive for ‘December, 2011’

Obama Defense Bill Signing Statement >

The White House announced today from Hawaii that President Obama had signed into law a major defense policy bill, but Mr. Obama at the same time served notice to Congress that he would ignore certain provisions dealing with detainees in the War on Terror. Here the Obama signing statement: THE …

Sen. Ben Nelson Retires >

Democrats got some unwelcome election news on Tuesday, when Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska announced he would not seek re-election, giving Republicans a good opportunity to pick up a Senate seat in the 2012 elections. “I want to thank Senator Nelson for his years of service representing the people of …

Only Romney & Paul on Virginia Ballot >

Officials in the Commonwealth of Virginia have announced that only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul qualified for the Super Tuesday ballot, dealing a setback to the campaigns of both Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich. Backers of both Perry and Gringrich submitted more than the 10,000 signatures needed, but not all …

Obama Signing Statement >

Before President Obama left for Hawaii to join his family on a Christmas vacation, he signed into law a package of budget bills for the current fiscal year – but he also let Congress know that a few provisions would not be observed by his administration. These are called “signing …

Congress Wraps Up 2011 >

It was definitely a messy end to the work year for the Congress, as the House and Senate quietly approved a two month extension of a payroll tax cut, capping off a post-Thanksgiving session that was marked mainly by political posturing and maneuvering. Republicans stayed away from the TV cameras …

Republicans Give In >

Whether you say that House GOP leaders “caved in” to Democrats or simply gave in to growing pressure within Republican ranks, it was a rough few days for Speaker John Boehner in his party’s bid to forge a year-long extension of a payroll tax cut. “It may not have been …

Payroll Tax Cut Deal >

After a lot of finger pointing from both parties, Republican leaders in the House have agreed to approve a two-month extension of a payroll tax cut, in exchange for a committment from Democrats in the Senate to work out a longer term deal. Here is the statement issued by Speaker …

White House Christmas >

While President Obama was out for a shopping trip on Wednesday afternoon, my family got the chance to tour the White House and see the holiday decorations set up this year at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. For those wondering, it was the first time in 15 years that I had received …

Congress Goes Home >

As lawmakers left the House floor after legislative business was finished on Tuesday, members of both parties told reporters they had no idea how a raging political dispute over a payroll tax cut extension was going to be resolved. And it left some shaking their heads in institutional dismay. “To …

House Delays Tax Cut Vote >

Deciding against votes after midnight, House Republicans last night delayed action on an extension of a payroll tax cut, as GOP leaders set up a parliamentary situation that does not include a direct vote on a two month extension approved on Saturday by the Senate. “We disagree with what the …