DC Has A Budget. Everyone Gets Along Now, Right?

Monday, December 16, 2013

This week, the Senate is expected to take up the budget deal that passed the House last week with bipartisan support. Molly Ball, political reporter for The Atlantic, discusses the latest news out of Washington, whether this new budget agreement signals a new era for collaboration in DC, and what to make of John Boehner's willingness to call out conservative groups.


Molly Ball

Comments [8]

RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

Despite their noise about principle, the GOP is clearly folding on the obstruction strategy. The Senate could not keep up its "Speak 'til we drop" floor relay strategy and Boehner himself has called the Right 'crazy' for rejecting the budget deal out of hand. The GOP game between now and the election is to fool the public into believing that they've been working with the Democrats to 'Get things done' all along.
Only the uninformed will buy it. 324 days and the GOP hold on Congress is over! [but only if we stay involved and vote!]

Dec. 16 2013 11:44 AM
Robert from NYC

They sound good but concerning the "affordable" housing (Mitchell Lama) what does HE mean by "affordable". Just stop and think, think for a minute, one makes, no many make 25K /annum, first that's before taxes, then an affordable rent by standards of the city can be $1000-$1200/mo would be 12K to 14,4K /annum rent!!! What does that leave for food, utilities, etc, etc.?! So affordable housing by usual city/state standards are not affordable for MANY people.

Dec. 16 2013 11:03 AM

Ms. Ball's DC bubble version of the Obamacare website problem is disappointing.

After all, unlike Amazon, the site has to interact with commercial sites that hamper the portal's performance due to their (the commercial sites') software.

Interacting with many different software systems is not a simple task at the best of times & since the insurance companies may make their online cooperation easier or harder at any time now or in the future, the roll-out is a great ad for Medicare/Medicaid for All (Universal Single Payer).

Dec. 16 2013 10:49 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Hillary is inevitable!!

LOL, just kidding.

Dec. 16 2013 10:45 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Boehner has finally realized that the Tea Party is a threat to his life-long love of expensive dinners in smokey steak houses, filled of lobbyists.

The GOP is a ruling Party, not a revolutionary one. The sooner the Tea Party realizes that, the better off they will be.

Dec. 16 2013 10:39 AM
Soldier's Father from Westchester, NY

The military budget was NOT held harmless - but instead of cutting wasteful armament programs like you mentioned, the cuts came primarily from pensions for veterans under 62 years of age (i.e., NOT generals, but people who have actually served under fire). Thank you for your service, but don't expect us to live up to the commitment we made to you.

Dec. 16 2013 10:37 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Actually, Brian, nobody else was "speaking of conflict in the Republican Party" except you and the leftist media.

This is the Leftie Press's favorite topic, not Obama's 39% approval rating.

Dec. 16 2013 10:36 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


Exaggerating again in the name of Republican bashing.

Nice try.

Dec. 16 2013 10:30 AM

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