Month: January 2013

No Budget, No Pay Act: A small step on the deficit, a giant leap toward accountability

Last week, we in the U.S. House of Representatives made great strides toward ensuring that Congress passes all of the spending bills needed to fund the federal government on time. That’s only happened four times in the last 60 years and not once since 1996. The House recognizes that if our nation is going to …

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‘No budget, no pay’ — a gimmick that might work

AMERICANS are fed up with Congress. Just a couple weeks into the new congressional term, disapproval ratings for both chambers have reached a high of 82 percent. For years now, lawmakers have been mired in bitterly divisive politics. They’ve also failed to fulfill their basic job of setting and balancing the nation’s pocketbook. Would we …

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No Labels enters new era by shedding ‘centrist’ image

“Patronizing.” “The Kumbaya Caucus.” “The most boring political movement of all time.” And those were some of the kinder jabs lobbed at “No Labels,” an organization formed in 2010 by a handful of well-connected but disenchanted political activists to encourage problem solving over ideological gridlock. Such earnestness seemed laudable but a tad incongruous in an …

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