federal spending

Boehner, McConnell Blast O's 'Most Irresponsible Budget Yet'

Associated Press Staff

GOP leaders led by John Boehner slammed Obama's $3.9 trillion budget proposal as "worthless," "irresponsible" and "dead on arrival." All believe the document has no chance of getting through Congress and they urged Obama to come back with a budget that the two parties could work together on.

Actual Unemployment is 37.2%, 'Misery Index' Worst in 40 Years

Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner

Don't believe the happy talk coming out of the White House, Fed. Reserve and Treasury Dept. when it comes to the real unemployment rate and the true “Misery Index.” The figures are a fraud.

Spending Bill Bans IRS Targeting, Reverses Vet Pension Cuts

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times

Negotiators reached a deal on a huge spending bill to fund the gov't for the rest of '14, agreeing to undo 2013’s cut to military retirement benefits and other GOP demands in exchange for higher spending levels. It'll include strict rules to prevent the IRS from targeting groups for exercising First Amendment rights

1,582-Page Omnibus Bill to Be Voted on In Less Than 2 Days

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

The omnibus spending bill that Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) introduced with Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) is more than 1,500 pages long – and Representatives are expected to vote on it less than two days after it was introduced. It's the second part of the bad Paul Ryan budget deal.

Jindal Ready To Use Convention of States To Balance the Budget

Lauren McGaughy, The Times Picayune

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has lent his voice to an ever-growing group of conservative policymakers who are calling for a national convention to add a balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Fed Gov't Workers Get Raise; Military Families Struggle

Jennifer Griffin, Fox News

Obama continues his war on the military while luxuriating in a $4 million,17-day, taxpayer-subsidized Hawaiian vacation.

Debt Ceiling Battle Looms

Peter Schroeder, The Hill

Obama and Congress will be plunged into another battle over the debt ceiling when they return to DC from the holiday break. Due to the gov't shutdown, Congress must act on an increase in the $16.7 trillion borrowing limit far sooner than expected.

Could There Be a McClintock versus Ryan Showdown in 2016?

Someone needs to offer the principled limited government constitutional alternative to the Republican establishment on spending. Starting a “draft Tom McClintock” committee may be what is needed, because McClintock is saying what few others will – America can’t afford many more mistakes like those the Republican establishment made on the Ryan spending deal.

Budget Deal Sparks Revolt

Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator

This phony budget deal is further evidence that the state legislatures must step up.

Senate Budget Deal Vote No Slam Dunk

Manu Raju and Burgess Everett, Politico

Despite the resounding House approval of the budget bill, the Senate doesn’t seem to be a slam dunk. While Senate Dems are confident they can keep their 55-member caucus united, it remained unclear which 5 Repubs would cross the aisle to break an expected GOP filibuster on the measure next week.

The GOP’s Paul Ryan Problem

Liberals and the Democratic Party exist solely to divide-up the spoils extorted from producers by the welfare state and cutting federal spending undermines their very reason for being. The Ryan spending deal passed by the House last night shows that establishment Republicans, led by Paul Ryan, embrace those same impulses.

Budget Deal Could Make or Break TeaParty

Christopher Bedford, Daily Caller

Conservatives had better start paying attention to the budget battle raging in Washington: If things go south — and they are poised to do just that — the tea party’s single greatest policy victory, the sequester, could be destroyed. And worse yet, it could be destroyed in exchange for nothing.

Levin to Paul: Budget Deal is "Mickey Mouse Deal"

Joel B. Pollack, Breitbart

Mark Levin told Rep. Paul Ryan that the budget deal announced today with Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) was a "Mickey Mouse" deal, tinkering at the margins of the federal budget, undoing the sequester and exchanging immediate spending increases for future spending cuts.

Help House Conservatives Fight Ryan, Portman and Boehner on Spending

House Republican "leaders" are about to cave on spending. Conservatives Mick Mulvaney (SC-5), Steve Scalise (LA-1), and Jim Jordan (OH-4) are rallying their colleagues to fight a new spending deal negotiated behind closed doors by establishment Republicans Rep. Paul Ryan and Senator Rob Portman.

GOP Establishment Taking Spending Off the Table for 2014 Elections

Capitol Hill Republican establishment leaders are making a major blunder if they think Tea Party and grassroots conservative activists don’t understand the difference between a deal to get them past the next election and a solution to the spending crisis.

Cantor: No Sequester for TaxHikes Swap

Pete Kasperowicz, The Hill

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said that House Repubs won't consider a fiscal deal with Dems that eliminates some of the sequester cuts by raising taxes.

Cruz Addresses OCare Fix, Attacks

Jack Fink, CBS Dallas Fort Worth

“The reform I’d like to see is #1: allowing the interstate purchase of health insurance, so we have a 50-state national market,” Cruz said. He spoke about the threats made against him and his family: "...I think it’s the product of how we’re corroding civility in public discourse, just how vicious and nasty the political attacks are.”

Did Deal Allow Prez to Set Limit Forever?

Ed Morrissey, Hot Air

The executive branch can't spend what is not appropriated by Congress, except for statutory spending — entitlements — and interest payments on the debt. The debt ceiling doesn’t enable executive-branch spending the same way a credit card does for households, in other words.