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Round 3: House to Strip Congress's ObamaCare Exemption

On Monday, the House announced that it would pass a third Continuing Resolution to keep government open past Monday's midnight deadline. The announcement came soon after the Senate rejected the House CR that would delay ObamaCare for one year. The latest House CR will remove the special exemption from ObamaCare the Obama Administration gave to members of Congress and their staffs. Sep 30, 2013 1:34 PM PT

McConnell Floats One-Week Stopgap Spending Bill

Worried that Republicans would get most of the "blame" from a government shutdown, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is quietly gauging support for a one-week stopgap spending measure that would buy Congress more time for talks. With Democrats and President Obama refusing to negotiate, however, it isn't exactly clear what McConnell's delay would buy. Sep 30, 2013 11:24 AM PT

GOP Expanded Senate Majority After 96 Shutdown

Democrats and the media are convinced that the public will "blame" Republicans for the looming government shutdown. This is predicated on memories that Republicans were "blamed" for the last government shutdown, in 1995-96. The media certainly did "blame" the GOP at the time for causing the shutdown. The voters, however, didn't seem to have the same view. Just months later, at the next election, the Republicans retained their majorities in Congress. The Senate GOP even picked up 2 seats, in a year in which Clinton won reelection. Sep 30, 2013 7:24 AM PT

Reid Stopped Negotiations to Avert Shutdown

If the government shuts down at midnight on Monday, it will largely be the result of a strategy pursued by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The Democrats have lined up so squarely behind Reid's strategy that President Obama cancelled planned negotiations with congressional leaders to find a resolution. Not only has Reid refused to even talk with Republicans, he has employed tactics that seemed designed to "run out the clock" ahead of a shutdown. Sep 30, 2013 5:59 AM PT

Dems Attempt Power Grab That Could Kill Keystone Pipeline

With all eyes trained on the fight over government spending and Obamacare, the House is scheduled to take up a non-controversial land-swap bill that would trade 2000 acres of federal land in Arizona for 5000 acres of pristine land owned by Resolution Copper mine. The bill has bipartisan support and should it be enacted, it is estimated that nearly 4,000 jobs will be created in the area. Radical environmentalists of course oppose this swap and have joined with local tribes to offer an amendment to the swap bill that, if adopted, would become the environmentalists' most powerful tool to kill economic development throughout the nation. Sep 29, 2013 7:18 PM PT

Government, Left Pushes 'Virtual Gun Control'

Having defeated President Obama’s quest to shoot holes in the Second Amendment, a GOP Leadership aide recently told the Huffington Post the House would soon spend time examining the link between link between video games and violence, essentially kicking off a campaign for “virtual gun control.” Make no mistake; the road to gun control and the road to virtual gun control leads to the same destination — restrictions on your liberty. Sep 28, 2013 1:27 PM PT

House Votes to Fund Government, Delay Obamacare

On Saturday, House GOP Leadership announced plans to take up the Senate stop-gap spending bill and attach a one-year delay of ObamaCare and the individual mandate. The House is also likely to attach a measure continuing funding of the military in the event the Senate fails to act on the larger funding bill by the Monday midnight deadline. The House action makes it likely that the government will shut down, at least for a few days, on Tuesday. Sep 28, 2013 10:13 AM PT

Poll: Cruz Surges Standing on Principle, Rubio Fades

A new poll released by Public Policy Polling on Friday finds Sen. Ted Cruz now leading the pack of possible candidates for the 2016 Republican nomination. Garnering support from 20% of Republican voters nationwide, he edges out Sen. Rand Paul who was support from 17% of GOP voters. Tied for 5th is Sen. Marco Rubio. The results are an inverse of PPP's poll in May, which found Rubio the favorite and Cruz in 6th place for the nomination. Sep 27, 2013 3:14 PM PT

McCain Decries the GOP Civil War He Started

On Friday, Sen. John McCain indulged in his favorite pastime, going to the media and criticizing his fellow Republicans. Speaking to CBS, McCain said the GOP was "dysfunctional" and blamed Sens. Cruz and Lee for driving wedges between Republicans over their fight to defund ObamaCare. Sep 27, 2013 12:33 PM PT

Congress Begins End-Game on Spending, Shutdown

The consequences of three of the biggest political battles of the last 4 years are all converging over the next two weeks. With a polarized Congress and an intransigent Obama Administration, there is no clear path to settle the current debates over government spending, government debt and ObamaCare. Who does it end? With a bang or a whimper. Sep 27, 2013 10:36 AM PT

Senate Moves Forward on Funding ObamaCare

On Friday, the Senate voted 79-19 to invoke cloture and end debate on the House-passed Continuing Resolution. The votes paves the way for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to offer an amendment to restore funding for ObamaCare. Funding for the health care law had been removed in the House resolution that would have extended government spending authority. Sep 27, 2013 9:58 AM PT

Christie: 'Irresponsible' to Shut Down Government

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie taped an interview with CBS News' "Sunday Morning," and said "there's gotta be a solution other than" shutting down the government over ObamaCare. They interview will air on Sunday, just a day before the government runs out of discretionary spending authority. Sep 27, 2013 7:49 AM PT

Senate Prepares to Vote, Skip Town Ahead of Shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has scheduled 4 votes Friday afternoon to complete the Senate's work on the Continuing Resolution. Once the Senate passes the CR and sends it back to the House, Senators will leave DC for the weekend. They are scheduled to return Monday, just hours before the government shuts down if agreement isn't reached on spending. Sep 27, 2013 7:01 AM PT

Cruzade: Defunding Effort Nearing 30 Votes in Senate

According to sources on the Hill, there is growing support among Senate Republicans to support Sens. Cruz and Lee's efforts to scuttle Sen. Harry Reid's attempt to reinstate ObamaCare funding in the House Continuing Resolution. On Friday, the Senate is set to vote for cloture on the CR, which, if successful, will then allow Reid to resurrect ObamaCare funding with a simple majority. The effort by Cruz and Lee will most likely fail, but each additional GOP Senator that joins their block is another vote against Senate GOP Leadership. Sep 26, 2013 7:46 PM PT

Reid: 'I'm Not Talking to Boehner'

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters on Thursday that he hasn't had a single conversation with House Speaker Boehner concerning the continuing resolution or debt ceiling debate. He also said he has no plans to talk with Boehner or any Republicans about the issues and insists they should just acquiesce to Obama and the Democrats demands. Sep 26, 2013 1:14 PM PT

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