Author Archive | Peter Suderman


Senate Reaches Bipartisan Deal to Keep the Government Open By Spending More Money On Everything

Ron Sachs/SIPA/NewscomAfter weeks of negotiation, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have reached the outlines of a spending deal that would avert a government shutdown. Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called the deal “the first real sprout of bipartisanship,” and said he hoped it would “break the long cycle of spending crises that have […]

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The Government Shutdown Is an Artifact of a Broken Budget Process

Al Drago/dpa/picture-alliance/NewscomWashington is in the midst of another partisan budget standoff this weekend, but there’s one point on which both sides agree: The government shutdown is the other party’s fault. Republicans have dubbed the halt in government funding the #SchumerShutdown, or, sometimes, the #DemocratShutdown, after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who has demanded that the […]

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Paul Ryan Will Start Work on Legislation to Reduce the Deficit After He Finishes Passing Legislation to Increase the Deficit

If there is a single issue that has defined Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s career in Congress, it is debt reduction—and in particular, debt reduction through entitlement reform. So it was not exactly a shock when Ryan said this week in a radio interview that after passing tax legislation, Republicans would move on to […]

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Mitch McConnell Says Caring About Legislative Process is For Losers. He’s Wrong.

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/NewscomEarly in the morning on Saturday, after Senate Republicans passed major tax legislation on a party-line vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took a question about the speed with which the bill had been passed. The final text of the bill, which ran nearly 500 pages, had been released just a few […]

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Now Has Two Different Acting Directors

For a preview of what policy battles will increasingly look like as they are separated from the legislative arena, consider the current leadership showdown at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). As of this morning, two different people are claiming to be the agency’s acting director. The first, Leandra English, was appointed deputy by director […]

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