Congress’ dysfunction isn’t limited to the struggle to keep a Cabinet department running without interruption. Continue reading
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the politics behind the debt limit increase, the outlook for legislation on fighting poverty and new enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act. Continue reading
Fewer than 24 hours after House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, tried to sell fellow Republicans on a plan to increase the nation’s borrowing limit with a modest condition attached, Democrats got exactly what they wanted: a no-strings-attached vote to raise the debt limit.
House Democrats provided nearly all of the votes to pass the measure, which will give the Treasury Department authority to increase borrowing until March 2015. The final vote was 221 to 201, with 199 Republicans and two Democrats voting against the measure. Crucially, 28 Republicans voted with Democrats in order to make sure the debt limit passed.
Congress had until Feb. 27 to increase the limit, according to the Treasury department, or the U.S. government would not be able to pay for all of its bills. Continue reading
Senate leaders showed hope that they might be headed towards an end to the government shutdown, while House remains uneasy about the path forward. Robert Costa of the National Review joins Gwen Ifill to discuss why a short-term deal may be necessary and what concessions both sides may make to resolve the damaging impasse. Continue reading
In other news Thursday, the Senate voted to suspend the debt limit through mid-May 2013, allowing the government to continue borrowing to pay its bills. Also, American personal incomes hit an eight-year high in December 2012. Continue reading
The U.S. House voted to extend the nation’s debt limit for another three months. Can the Republican party use fiscal issues to regain its footing? Gwen Ifill talks with Susan Page of USA Today and Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report and Roll Call. Continue reading
In other news Tuesday, House Republicans readied to vote on a plan to raise the nation’s debt ceiling through May 19th. Rep. Paul Ryan said they wanted to shift focus to making major spending cuts. Also, parts of the Midwest are in a deep freeze, with temperatures dipping to minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Continue reading
Battle lines were being drawn again Wednesday for a new fight over raising the U.S. borrowing limit, foreshadowing a replay of last year’s stalemate. Judy Woodruff, Todd Zwillich of “The Takeaway” and Roll Call’s Steve Dennis discuss the renewed war of words and how a new debt battle might shape the presidential campaign. Continue reading
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist Ross Douthat sort through the week’s top political news, including their takes on the American public’s disgust with Washington, the July jobs report and the partial FAA shutdown. Continue reading
A vote on Speaker Boehner’s debt plan was delayed until Thursday after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the bill would cut $850 billion instead of the promised $1.2 trillion. Gwen Ifill discusses the ongoing stalemate with President Obama’s senior political adviser, David Plouffe, and Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill. Continue reading