Tax and Appropriations

Baby Steps

Don’t look now, but the GOP appears to be taking baby steps away from their rigid refusal to include revenues as part of a balanced deficit reduction plan. Facing a “fiscal cliff” later this year, all solutions need to be on the table. But so far the GOP has exclusively focused on spending cuts and walked away from any sort of comprehensive deal.

GOP Summer Break: While Americans Ask for Jobs, Republicans Ignore Jobs, Push Partisan Bills that Hurt Economy

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May 30, 2012

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Washington Post: GOP Shifting on Taxes; Norquist Pledge Losing Support

In case you missed it while at your Memorial Day weekend barbeque, wanted to pass along this Washington Post piece about Republicans refusing to take Grover Norquist’s pledge.

GOP Members Finally Admit Grover's Tax Pledge May Be Bad For Business

In case you missed it in the hustle and bustle last week, Politico goes inside the House GOP Caucus and finds a number of Republican members who are finally ready to admit that revenues are necessary if we’re going to seriously address the deficit, and are rejecting Grover Norquist’s tax pledge.

From the Politico article:

“Grover’s grip may be loosening.”

Hoyer Statement on FY 2013 CJS Appropriations Bill

For Immediate Release:

May 10, 2012


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Afternoon Roundup: Priorities Edition

The recaps are in from yesterday’s mark-up of House Republicans’ reconciliation bill, and it certainly isn’t pretty. We’ve picked a few of our favorites that demonstrate the awfulness of the Republican bill. Enjoy:

Politico: GOP: Shield Pentagon, cut poverty programs

New Poll Confirms GOP Out of Touch with the Priorities

From the Democratic Whip Press Shop:

In their headlong charge to protect tax cuts for the wealthy at all costs, Senate Republicans voted today to block consideration of a measure to keep student loan rates from doubling on July 1. This comes on the heels of House Republicans rejecting any attempts at a bipartisan compromise on the student loan issue. And guess what? The American people don’t like that too much.

Hypocrisy Watch: Republicans Have “No Plans” to Pay For

Need more proof House Republicans were never actually serious about reducing the deficit? The Hill reports today that Republicans have no plans to pay for an extension of the Bush tax cuts:

“House Republicans say they have no plans to pay for the extension of the Bush-era tax rates, a move that could erase the deficit reduction they have achieved since winning their majority in the chamber in 2010.”