House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer says Congress must “put aside ideological constraints” and resolve differences over taxes, budget and spending.
Congress refused to vote for relief for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The first Republican President famously said “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” The same holds true for the Republican Party today.
At midnight, not only did the ball drop in Times Square, ushering in a New Year, but Congress dropped the ball on delivering the country meaningful deficit reduction.
The fiscal cliff is averted after a late-night vote in Washington finally brought Congress together for a deal, but it’s a compromise that leaves both sides disappointed.
Many legislators may not have been aware of the green provisions as voting took place minutes after the bill was introduced.
If Congress manages to pass a feeble, last minute, deal on taxes it will be a deal that is long overdue. All of this could have been avoided.
Local frustration is growing over the impending fiscal cliff. Some Marylanders have heated messages for the president and lawmakers.
The shopping season is over, the gifts are unwrapped and now stores are analyzing the number of sales this year. Unfortunately, it’s not good.
There are plenty of people looking for gifts and buying the last few ingredients for that holiday meal. But the coming fiscal cliff has analysts downgrading sales projections.
More than a month after the election, things continue to get worse for the GOP brand. The lead Republican spokesperson during the fiscal cliff negotiations, House Speaker John Boehner, has a 34 percent approval rating. President Obama has a 54 percent approval rating.
Maryland’s revenue projections are better than they’ve been in years. The state is on the verge of wiping out what was once a $2 billion budget deficit through cuts and tax increases, and it’s on track to reap financial benefits in future years from full-fledged casino gambling.
The president would do much better by staying in Washington, D.C. where the action is rather than taking a road tour-styled trip to talk to the American people. In D.C., he actually would be talking to the people who are going to make the decision with him.
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