Tax and Appropriations

NYT Op-Ed: The Truth Behind the Republican Blame Game

There has been a lot of finger-pointing recently about who is responsible for our country’s economic health.  While Republicans are busy blaming President Obama, this New York Times op-ed by Bruce Bartlett—himself an advisor to two Republican presidents—explains that the previous White House occupant, Mr. Bush, is actually more responsible for our country’s budget deficit.

As the op-ed explains:

Don't Take Our Word For It

By now, you have probably heard it plenty of times from us: Republicans continue to insist on confrontation over consensus, no matter the cost to our economy. We need a big, bold and balanced deficit reduction plan, but it takes two to tango. And the GOP is so allergic to compromise, House Republicans skipped town for another recess, with critical measures to keep our highways funded and student loan rates from doubling still unresolved.

Republicans Continue to Ignore Critical Job Creation Legislation

For Immediate Release:

June 8, 2012

Contact:

Katie GrantDaniel Reilly, 202-225-3130

Office of the Democratic Whip Steny H.</p />
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Suggested Questions for GOP Press Conference

We here in the Democratic Whip Press shop thought we’d pass along a few questions you may want to ask Speaker Boehner and Leader Cantor at today’s press conference:

Hoyer Remarks at Press Conference on CFTC and SEC Funding

For Immediate Release:

June 8, 2012

Contact:

Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

Office of the Democratic Whip Steny H.</p />
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GOP Summer Agenda Obstructs Job Creation, Hurts Middle Class Families

For Immediate Release:

June 5, 2012

Contact:

Katie GrantDaniel Reilly, 202-225-3130

Office of the Democratic Whip Steny H.</p />
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Hoyer Statement on CBO Long-Term Budget Outlook

For Immediate Release:

June 5, 2012

Contact:

Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

Office of the Democratic Whip Steny H.</p />
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What Americans Want: Policy or Campaign Politics?

So far, House Republicans’ summer agenda is not drawing rave reviews.

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.