Most Americans are unaware that if the federal government shuts down on September 30, the government of the nation’s capital, the District of Columbia, will also shut down. There is not a single member of the House or the Senate who desires that outcome.
Cutting Amtrak’s budget by 21 percent for operations and 34 percent for capital and debt service is one of the reasons the Republicans could not find Republican votes to pass their own fiscal year 2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill. Republicans created cuts that even Republicans could not stomach.
When the White House released the administration’s emails on Benghazi last week, they snatched what was left of headlines for Benghazi. Republicans are still looking, though, and they have put out a call for whistleblowers. Meanwhile, Republicans are trying to tar anyone they can find. Democrats have asked that former U.S.
I went to New York this week to accept a “Gloria Award” from Gloria Steinem, Letty Pogrebin and Pat Carbine, the founding mothers of the Ms. Foundation, as I serve in the Republican-led House, which couldn’t less about women’s concerns. This is all the more reason to be grateful to the Ms. Foundation for its determined focus on today’s women.
The air traffic controllers crisis, brought to us by the sequester cuts, offers both a warning of more like it to come and a pathway to a possible compromise. Congress solved the controllers crisis the easy way – by simply moving money from one account (the Airport Improvement Program) to pay the controllers. This was far from an ideal solution, but it is what Congress ha