Month: October 2021

Infrastructure Vote Delayed… Again.

In the wake of the House infrastructure vote being pulled at the last minute — again — four things seem clear. Hostage-taking is Being Rewarded: A decade ago, most commentators correctly denounced Tea Party members of Congress for holding hostage spending bills and the debt ceiling to try to force action on their completely unrelated partisan priorities. Now, …

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Five Facts on Budget Reconciliation

There has been considerable coverage of efforts by President Biden and congressional Democrats to enact Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda through the budget reconciliation process, but little about what reconciliation actually is. Here are five facts on budget reconciliation. The budget reconciliation process was created by the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. Reconciliation grew out …

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Infrastructure Delayed Again as Progressives Defy Pelosi

Here we are again. The infrastructure vote has been delayed again as a chunk of the Progressive Caucus  refused to vote for the bill — which they support — until the Democratic social spending package is also brought to a vote. This time, Speaker Pelosi urged progressives not to “embarrass” the President on the eve …

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Biden Expected To Announce Social Spending Framework

Are Democrats about to reconcile on reconciliation? President Biden hopes so. The President will meet with House Democrats at 9:00 this morning, where, according to the Washington Post, he will announce “a revised framework for his social spending plan that he expects will gain the support of all Democrats” — something that seemed unlikely as …

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New Jersey Gubernatorial Race Tightens in Final Stretch

The Virginia gubernatorial election next Tuesday has been getting a lot of attention as a potential bellwether for the 2022 midterms. Democratic former Gov. Terry McAuliffe has seen his lead over Republican Glenn Youngkin narrow as President Biden’s approval ratings have fallen. But Democrats face another possible red alert a few hours up the road …

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PRESS RELEASE: Biden Wrong to Question Filibuster

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2021 — During his Thursday CNN town hall in Baltimore, President Biden said, “We’re going to have to move to the point where we fundamentally alter the filibuster.” No Labels believes that any move toward the elimination of the Senate filibuster will undermine the President’s long-stated commitment to bipartisanship. “It sends a …

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