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Category: Budget/Deficit

September 27, 2013
Boehner Should Pass Same Clean Debt Ceiling Bill He Gave Bush in 2004

Unless Congress raises the debt ceiling by October 17, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned this week, the federal government will be unable to pay its bills. But while some Republicans like Rep. John Fleming (R-FL) responded, "I don't think we should run government based on economists' predictions," House Speaker John Boehner knows all too well […]

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September 20, 2013
10 Things John Boehner Doesn't Want You to Know about the Debt

So it's come down to this. Once again kowtowing to the most extreme members of his Republican Party, House Speaker John Boehner is willing to shut down the federal government and trigger a global economic meltdown, all in the GOP's quixotic quest to defund, delay or otherwise damage Obamacare. With his gambit to defund the […]

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September 18, 2013
Bush Tax Cuts Still Driving Up U.S. Debt

In its latest forecast, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) once again confirmed that the United States does not face a near-term debt problem. Over the next few years, annual budget deficits will continue to fall in both dollar terms and as a percentage of the U.S. economy. Over the next decade, the debt will remain […]

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September 17, 2013
Boehner Admits U.S. Has No Immediate Debt Crisis

In a rare moment of agreement with President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner in March admitted that "we have no immediate debt crisis." But despite Tuesday's analysis from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) showing that the near and mid-term U.S. debt picture has improved over the last six months, Speaker Boehner has apparently changed his […]

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September 12, 2013
Boehner Whitewashes GOP's Debt Ceiling History

This week, House Speaker John Boehner turned to a new sleight of hand trick in his latest effort to extract draconian spending cuts as the Republicans' price for raising the U.S. debt ceiling. Citing five examples from the past, the Speaker's "Fact Sheet" claimed that "Coupling efforts to reduce America's debt and deficit with increases […]

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September 11, 2013
Boehner, Cantor and McConnell Raised Debt Ceiling by $800 Billion to Pay for Health Care Costs

With the federal government set to hit the limit of its borrowing authority as early as mid-October, Republicans are once again threatening to hold the debt ceiling hostage. As the National Review described the latest ransom demand from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, "To increase the debt ceiling, Cantor said, Republicans will demand a one-year […]

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September 6, 2013
Mississippi Makes the Case for Boosting IRS Budget

For months, Republicans have been waging a new war on the IRS. Echoing their successful gutting of the Internal Revenue Service back in the 1990's, GOP leaders have been calling the agency "the new Gestapo" and demanding its budget be slashed by a quarter. But with a "tax gap" already nearing $500 billion a year […]

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August 28, 2013
Obamacare Defunders Want to Pocket Obamacare Funds

The bad news keeps coming for the Republicans promising to shut down the federal government to prevent funding for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). First, former South Carolina Senator turned Heritage Foundation President Jim Demint followed in the footsteps of George W. Bush and Mitt Romney by telling a "Defund Obamacare" town hall meeting that […]

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August 27, 2013
Speaker Boehner, Go [email protected]*k Yourself

During the tense final days leading up to the deal to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff," House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) had some sharp words for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). Just steps outside the Oval Office, Boehner told Reid, "Go [email protected]*k yourself." In the Speaker's defense, he was only following in the path […]

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August 26, 2013
Washington Post Embarrasses Itself on Federal Budget

Since 2011, the federal government has slashed $2.5 trillion from the projected national debt over the next decade. Meanwhile, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reduced its annual deficit forecast for the federal government to $642 billion, about half of the amount it projected when Barack Obama took the oath of office on January 20, […]

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