The meeting was "intense."
Adopting a GOP budget just got a lot tougher with projections of the first deficit increase since Democrats controlled Congress.
After its recess, Congress only has about a dozen days to figure out government funding.
Fifty years ago in 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law, creating two programs that would disproportionately improve the lives of older and low-income Americans, especially women. Fast forward to 2015, and both are very much under siege.
The bottom line is that the Republican budget fails to support families trying to create a better life for themselves and their children. It will exacerbate the economic hopelessness that is fueling unrest throughout the country rather than alleviate it.
The budget conference agreement, if adopted by Congress, will represent one of the most radical budget plans that lawmakers have adopted since they created the modern budget process in 1974. That's no exaggeration. If they follow this plan, lawmakers would eviscerate substantial parts of the federal government.
On Wednesday, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a budget that would boost defense spending by at
The trouble is, neither the Fed nor the GAO considered just how European this whole thing is, which is far more important
Many Republican lawmakers have been vocal in criticizing various programs for people who have disabilities or low-income families by charging that the programs are marked by fraud and abuse. This can make good political and campaign rhetoric. Now comes the question: Will they put their money where their mouths are?
The effort to repeal Orderly Liquidation Authority would be such a gift to the biggest Wall Street banks. Without that authority, Wall Street would be assured that no matter how big the risks they take, the American taxpayer could be forced to bail them out.
Perhaps no proposal illuminates the split between GOP rhetoric and reality more than health care, where Republicans have put forth no plan to insure the millions of Americans who would lose coverage if their budget became law.
Whether one calls it a gimmick, a joke, or a dagger aimed at the heart of any American whose house lacks a car elevator, the Republican budget plans -- which will include a repeal of the president's healthcare reform law -- offer a serious opportunity for Democrats, if they take advantage of it.
When the House released its budget last Tuesday, Georgia Republican Rep. Rob Woodall said, "A budget is a moral document; it talks about where your values are." His chamber's spending plan shows that Republicans highly value war and place no value on health care for America's elderly, working poor and young adults.
The president is banking on the legislative process never getting to that point. Congressional Republicans are invested in