Finding the Right Metrics for the First 100 Days
Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who I had the privilege to work for in the Senate, was famous for the truism that “everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.” He was also well known for insisting on the right metrics to evaluate progress in our nation, states, and cities. As we are bombarded by punditry on the first 100 days of the Administration, we would all benefit by focusing on the right metrics. The number of bills proposed or passed, the number of orders signed or overturned, or the number of promises checked off are the wrong metrics.
Possible Government Shutdown Looms
Every Administration and every Congress — regardless of the Party in power — should be judged by how its actions impact: the growth of America’s Middle Class; the opportunities for education, training and economic advancement; access to affordable healthcare; the stability and long-term health of our environment; the strength, openness, and vitality of our democracy and confidence in our democratic institutions; the security of our people, both domestically and internationally; and the advancement of democracy, stability, tolerance, and human rights globally. In this spirit, FedWeb.com will continue to provide nonpartisan, factual, and plain English updates on Federal #budget, #spending, #taxes, #debt, the #economy, #healthcare, #international-trade, and all things #Federal. Read more at: http://fedweb.com/update-and-outlook/...
In the run-up to last year’s contentious elections, Congress was unable to agree on FY 2017 appropriations for most of the government’s departments and agencies, instead passing a stopgap measure (called a “continuing resolution” or “CR”) to keep federal departments and agencies operating at...
Washington Update: State of Play on Appropriations/Shutdown, Health Care, Tax Reform, Infrastructure, Economy, Debt Ceiling, Budget, Regulatory Rollback
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The Senate’s “Nuclear Option” — How it Works and Why it Matters
Charles S. Konigsberg served as Chief Counsel on the Minority Staff of the Senate Rules Committee, General Counsel at the Senate Finance Committee, counsel at the Senate Budget Committee, and Senate liaison at the White House Office of Management and Budget.
How Tax Reform Will Unfold
We are about to witness a major change in how the U.S. Senate operates – the so-called “nuclear option.” Following is an explanation of how it works and why it matters....
On November 21, 2013, the Senate created a major exception to the 60-vote cloture threshold. In a procedural vote, the Senate adopted a precedent that ending a filibuster on a President’s executive and judicial appointments would only require a simple majority of Senators voting. The precedent specifically excluded nominations to the Supreme Court, which still requires 60 votes to end a filibuster.
What made this 2013 precedent “nuclear,” is the way the Rules change was accomplished. The Senate ignored its own Standing Rules requiring that: (i) changes to the Rules can occur only with prior written notice; and (ii) debate on a Rules change can only be brought to a close upon a two-thirds vote of the Senate (67 Senators if all are present). The Standing Rules very deliberately set a high threshold for changing the rules.
In evaluating where the White House and GOP congressional leaders will focus their efforts following the demise of Trump-Ryan health care reform, consider the following: $1 trillion in new infrastructure spending is a heavy lift due to significant conservative opposition to new spending and few indications of a move toward bipartisanship; and the White House budget plan calling for $54 billion in defense increases, offset by cuts to widely supported domestic programs, is a non-starter because adjusting the spending caps and enactment of Appropriations bills both require 60 votes in the Senate.
Essential Facts About the American Health Care Act (“Trump-Ryan”)
Therefore, tax reform is likely to be next in the legislative queue. White House and GOP Congressional leaders are likely to begin Tax Reform this Spring using the FY 2018 congressional budget process, to take advantage of Budget Reconciliation’s filibuster-proof fast-track in the Senate. Here’s how it works and what may be included in the tax bill...
As the House prepares to vote on the American Health Care Act (HR 1628 “Trump-Ryan”), following are the essential facts about how the bill would change the Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”): Background on US healthcare: About half of all Americans have employer-provided healthcare, which...