Posts by Chris Moody, Yahoo News
- Yahoo News3 hrs ago
When John Boehner briefly lashed out Wednesday at conservative groups that had been agitating against the bipartisan budget bill, it turns out he had more to say. Much, much more.
On Thursday, reporters asked the Republican House Speaker to elaborate on his comments the day before, when he called conservative opposition to the budget “ridiculous” and accused certain right-wing groups of “using the American people."
Boy, did he.
“I thought it was my job and my obligation to stand up for conservatives here in the Congress who want more deficit reduction, stand up for the work that Chairman [Paul] Ryan did,” Boehner said. “I think they're pushing our members in places where they don't want to be. And frankly, I just think that they've lost all credibility.”
- Yahoo News1 day ago
Walking out of a private conference room beneath the Capitol Building on Tuesday, Republican House members looked tired. Not the typical "I-had-a-bad-night’s-sleep" tired but something deeper — a look of battle exhaustion. Unlike past meetings in the same place during periods of fever-pitched warfare with Democrats, it appeared — for the first time in a long time — the fire in their bellies that drove them to shut down the government and risk federal default, was, for now, no longer evident.
These Republicans had just been briefed on a new, bipartisan budget blueprint that would establish long-term federal government spending caps.
The plan, a product of months of negotiation between Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, a Republican, and Washington Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat, lacks many priorities Republicans have fought for during the Obama era. It posits no major reforms to Social Security and Medicare, for instance, nor does it balance the budget.
But for the first time in years, many Republicans showed openness to a temporary truce.
- Yahoo News1 day ago
The bipartisan spending resolution released Tuesday after months of negotiations gives Congress a final opportunity to save face after a congressional year known best for a government shutdown, inactivity and bickering.
Will they take the opportunity?
The budget chiefs, Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, unveiled a two-year budget blueprint Tuesday evening that would avoid the possibility of a government shutdown scenario next year. According to Paul and Murray, the resolution would reduce the federal deficit by up to $23 billion over two years without raising taxes and provide $63 billion in what the lawmakers called “sequester relief" that gives spending flexibility to bipartisan interests like education, medical research and defense. That "relief" is offset by other "deficit-reduction provisions," which will be released soon. The resolution would set spending at $1.012 trillion, and $1.014 trillion in FY 2014 and FY 2015, respectively.
- Chris Moody at Year in Review9 days ago
Late at night in Washington, it's not uncommon to see a white light shining atop the dome of the Capitol Building. The unmistakable beam alerts the nation that Congress is still in session, working overtime while the rest of the city sleeps.
The massive light can be seen for miles and is used quite a lot. But what the hell are lawmakers doing in there?
50 bills and not counting In the annals of legislative history, the most memorable thing about 2013 is how profoundly unmemorable it was. There isn't one grand legislative achievement that defined the year — in fact, the most remarkable event in Congress occurred when lawmakers failed to fulfill their most basic responsibilities and shut down the government.
So far this year, President Barack Obama has signed only 50 bills into law. By last Fourth of July — think of it as the congressional calendar's midseason All-Star Break, minus any All-Stars — Congress had sent only 15 bills to the White House that Obama would go on to sign.
- Yahoo News22 days ago
Terms used to discuss foreign policy are outdated and should be upgraded to describe the complexities of the 21st century, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday during a speech on the subject in which he sought to outline what he called “a new vision for America's role abroad.”
“Foreign policy is too often covered in simplistic terms. Many only recognize two points of view: ‘doves’, who seek to isolate us from the world, participating in global events only when there is a direct physical threat to the safety of our homeland; and ‘hawks,’ who believe we should use our military strength to intervene in response to practically every crisis,” Rubio said during an address at the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank in Washinton. “The problem is these labels are obsolete. They come from the world of the past. The time has now come for a new vision for America's role abroad — one that reflects the reality of the world we live in today.”
- Yahoo News22 days ago
Democrats are preparing a new broadside against vulnerable House Republicans by highlighting critical remarks made about Washington Republicans by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a possible GOP presidential contender.
On a number of issues, Christie has been critical of House Republicans this year, particularly over their handling of the October government shutdown, the delayed federal aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy, and the general state of congressional gridlock in the nation's capital.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the official party group responsible for electing Democrats to the House, is planning to launch a messaging campaign that uses the governor’s remarks against sitting House Republicans.
While not a paid ad buy (yet), the early messaging blast serves as a sneak peek into how Democrats intend to highlight discord within the Republican Party and badger potential GOP presidential candidates at the same time. The DCCC plans to blast out a series of press releases against GOP candidates in New Jersey, New York and California this week.
- Chris Moody at Yahoo News27 days ago
House Democratic leaders are refusing to apologize for the confusion caused when millions of Americans received health insurance cancellation notices as a result of the Affordable Care Act, even after President Barack Obama's contrite press conference on the matterand a clear statement of apology last week. Shortly after Obama announced Thursday that he would unilaterally extend by one year the period in which insurers could offer insurance plans that do not meet new quality standards, Democrats moved to defend the “keep your plan” line.
Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill,the top four House Democrats — Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Assistant Leader James Clyburn, Whip Steny Hoyer and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra — were asked if they would apologize to any constituents who felt misled by Democrats. Each declined.
“I don’t think there’s anything for us to apologize for,” Clyburn said after explaining that once enough Americans switch to exchange-based insurance plans, they will appreciate “what they did not have” through their prior insurance plans.
- Yahoo News29 days ago
Democrats aren’t running through the halls of Congress with their hair on fire yet, but anxiety over the possible blowback from the federal health care law is growing by the day.
Between the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov and the fact that millions of Americans are poised to lose their current health insurance coverage at the end of the year despite a promise from President Barack Obama that they would be able to keep their plans “no matter what,” congressional Democrats are scrambling to cover their hides before next year’s midterm elections.
- Yahoo News1 mth ago
From the folks who brought you the "brosurance" campaign that promotes the affordable care act comes a new line of ads aimed at reminding young women the new law will subsidize their birth control. The online ads were created by two nonprofit groups, the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and Progress Now, to encourage young people to enroll in the exchanges.
The group first started the ad campaign last month, and the spots were mistakenly attributed to the Department of Health and Human Services and public state officials who run the exchange in Colorado. A member Congress, Colorado Republican Rep. Cory Gardner, asked HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about one of the early ads that showed college students doing a keg stand.
Since the Oct. 1 launch, only about 50,000 people have enrolled through HealthCare.gov, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, far short of the administration's goals for the program. Many groups are placing particular emphasis on convincing young, healthy people to sign up to help subsidize older insurance seekers.
- Yahoo News1 mth ago
In September, a conservative group called Generation Opportunity launched an anti-Obamacare ad campaign urging young people not to sign up for the health insurance exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act.
The ads featured a clown-like character called Creepy Uncle Sam who performs horrifying pelvic and prostate exams on college students who enrolled in the exchanges. (His services did not appear appreciated.)
You see, in order for the health care law to function, lots of healthy, young people must sign up for the exchanges to subsidize older, sicker insurance seekers. So conservative groups are spending a lot of money to convince them not to sign up.
On Saturday, Generation Opportunity, a group in part funded by billionaire activists Charles and David Koch, threw a tailgate party with College Republicans outside the University of Miami football game to advocate against signing up for the insurance plans.
They set up games of cornhole and beer pong. (Generation Opportunity says they did not provide the booze.)