Wednesday, July 23, 2014





Time running out on budget games


May 08. 2013 9:58PM
Story Tools
PrintPrint | E-MailEMail | SaveSave | Hear Generate QR Code QR
Send to Kindle


The House Ways and Means Committee has OK’d a bill that would prioritize Social Security payments and Treasury bond dividends if the nation again bumps up against the federal debt ceiling. The bill passed on a party-line vote, with Republicans in favor.


Democrats opposed the ostensible fail-safe measure, calling it the prelude to another Republican attempt to embarrass President Barack Obama and paralyze the government over the debt-ceiling issue — this time with the political inoculation of continued Social Security payments.


The $16.7 trillion debt ceiling will come back into effect on May 19, after Congress suspended it earlier this year. The House Republican bill would allow the Treasury Department to continue issuing debt beyond the limit and past May 19.


Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has his own budget gambit. He is demanding that House leaders move the process forward by naming negotiators to a conference committee to hammer out a deal.


Sen. Reid wants to name 12 senators to the conference, but neither Senate Republicans nor House leaders want to cooperate. They don’t want a conference yet, they say. They appear not to want a budget compromise at all.


The House has been legislatively AWOL for months. Reid is daring them to legislate on the budget. Who will win the moral and political high ground on the issue? It’s still early — but getting later and later.


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette




Comments
comments powered by Disqus Commenting Guidelines
Poll
Mortgage Minute


Search for New & Used Cars

Make 
Model
 
Used New All
 

Search Times Leader Classifieds to find just the home you want!

Search Times Leader Classifieds to find just what you need!

Search Pet Classifieds
Dogs Cats Other Animals



Social Media/RSS
Times Leader on Twitter
Times Leader on Youtube
Times Leader on Google+
The Times Leader on Tumblr
The Times Leader on Pinterest
Times Leader RSS Feeds