GOP senators battle for Budget gavel

Economy / News November 25, 2014

GOP offices say Republican Senate leaders weren’t involved in Sen. Mike Enzi’s (R-Wyo.) decision to challenge Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for the Senate Budget Committee gavel.

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) office said it didn’t know why Enzi jumped into the race when asked if his decision was the result of pressure from GOP leaders…

Other observers wonder if GOP leaders want someone else at the top of the panel.

What immigration reform means for housing

Immigration / News November 24, 2014

With the recent announcement of President Obama’s Executive Order on immigration reform, responses from both sides of the political spectrum have been mixed. However, the reform can be expected to spur new opportunities for growth in the housing market.

Last Thursday, President Obama made the heavily anticipated announcement to the public.

Good News on Energy

Energy / News November 23, 2014

WHEN the world’s two largest polluters join in establishing new goals for reducing emissions of climate-disrupting gases, criticism and skepticism are predictable. And there was plenty following the recent agreement between the United States and China to do just that.

Critics warned of a “war on coal,” regulatory overreach and the surrender of American interests to Chinese duplicity.

Ryan set for collision course with Obama

Economy / News November 20, 2014

It’s showdown time for Rep. Paul Ryan and President Obama.

House Republicans officially named Ryan chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday, giving the GOP’s 2012 vice presidential nominee his most direct power yet over the country’s tax system and entitlement programs…

Bill Hoagland of the Bipartisan Policy Center, who worked with Ryan as a Senate staffer, said he thought Ryan might concentrate on streamlining federal anti-poverty programs without cutting their funding, as the GOP works to broaden its appeal ahead of the 2016 election.

An Obamacare program helped poor kids and saved money. It was also doomed to fail.

Health / News November 19, 2014

An Affordable Care Act grant has led to a dramatic drop in asthma-related incidents like Rae’Shawn’s in Delaware — and significant Medicaid savings — but that funding may disappear in a matter just of months. Doctors knew the problem: too many kids were landing in the E.R., fighting to breathe.

Can the Republicans balance the budget?

Economy / News November 17, 2014

“We must produce a budget that achieves balance within 10 years,” Jeff Sessions said last week.

Sessions, who may end up in charge of the Senate’s budget committee next year, is not the first Republican to call for a balanced budget in a decade.

In Search of the Compromise Caucus

Governance / News November 16, 2014

The need for compromise—for making government work for the American people—has been bandied about freely since Republicans won their resounding midterm victories. But it’s not surprising, given the past six years, that the reality has been different. The operative game is that both parties express their desire to compromise, while attempting to maneuver the other party into a position where it looks obstructionist and ineffective.

What’s the key to ending Washington gridlock?

Governance / News November 14, 2014

The Cyclists talk to Jason Grumet, author of “City of Rivals,” which suggests way to fix Congress and restore the “glorious mess of American democracy.”

Obama Stays the Course on Immigration as Pressure Mounts

Immigration / News November 11, 2014

President Barack Obama has remained resolute in his plan to unilaterally reshape U.S. immigration law in the wake of his party’s heavy losses in last week’s midterm elections, but pressure is mounting from both sides as he approaches a decision later this year.

Conservatives Warn That GOP Must Act On Immigration, Not Just Attack Obama

Immigration / News November 10, 2014

In the wake of huge wins for the Republican Party in the 2014 elections, conservatives in favor of immigration reform are warning their GOP counterparts they can’t spend the next two years ranting against an executive order on immigration rather than proposing their own bills.