Senate procedure, protocol and rules: what two Capitol Hill experts would change
January 3rd, 2013
04:42 PM ET
1 year ago

Senate procedure, protocol and rules: what two Capitol Hill experts would change

With so much talk about Democrats changing the Senate rules, we thought it would wise to present this proposal from two Capitol Hill veterans who are experts in Senate procedure, protocol and rules. Lula Davis is the former United States Senate Secretary for the Majority for Democrats and Elizabeth Letchworth is the former United States Senate Secretary for the Minority for Republicans. They are co-owners of Congressional Global Strategy, LLC and make the case that the Senate can be the "greatest deliberative body" again.

"Mr./Madam President, I send an amendment to the desk and ask for its immediate consideration.

The ability for any United States senator to utter this short and simple request has become a rarity in recent years. As two formerly elected officers of the Senate, we thought it might be helpful to provide a short history lesson as to how this request has become rare and then offer a bipartisan way to bring this request back to a more routine status in the Senate.

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
Huntsman, Manchin to take leadership role with No Labels
January 3rd, 2013
04:01 PM ET
1 year ago

Huntsman, Manchin to take leadership role with No Labels

(CNN) - The bi-partisan group No Labels, which seeks to transform the nature of problem solving in Washington, is picking up two prominent moderates, the group announced.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman sought the 2012 Republican presidential nomination and, before that, was President Barack Obama's ambassador to China. Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat and former governor of the state, was sworn in on Thursday to his second term in Washington.
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Filed under: Joe Manchin • Jon Huntsman
Fiscal cliff deal raises taxes on 77% of Americans
CNNMoney.com breaks down how much you could pay.
January 3rd, 2013
03:08 PM ET
1 year ago

Fiscal cliff deal raises taxes on 77% of Americans

New York (CNNMoney) – More than three in four Americans will pay higher taxes for 2013, thanks to the fiscal cliff deal passed in Congress on New Year's Day.

Over 77% of filers will pay more, according to the Tax Policy Center. The average increase is expected to be $1,257, but that figure belies the wide disparity in impact. Those making less than $10,000 a year will pay $68 more in federal taxes, on average, while those making between $50,000 and $75,000 will see an $822 jump. Wealthy filers with incomes of $1 million or more will see a $170,341 spike, on average.

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Filed under: CNNMoney.com • Fiscal Cliff
Timing on Geithner successor is key
January 3rd, 2013
03:02 PM ET
1 year ago

Timing on Geithner successor is key

Washington (CNNMoney) - It's long been expected that Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner would stay on long enough in the job to play a key role in the fiscal cliff negotiations. Now that the deal is done, observers say the White House has a small window to name a successor.

Geithner is expected to stay on until the end of this month.

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Filed under: Tim Geithner • Treasury
January 3rd, 2013
01:39 PM ET
1 year ago

Boehner re-elected speaker in midst of public defections

Washington (CNN) – Rep. John Boehner was re-elected Speaker of the House Thursday.

But after roughly a dozen of his own colleagues voted for someone else or withheld their vote to protest his leadership, the Ohio Republican begins his second term tasked with leading a conference that isn't shy about bucking him.
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January 3rd, 2013
12:15 PM ET
1 year ago

Kirk makes emotional return to Capitol after stroke

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) made a triumphant return to the Senate Thursday, following a year's recuperation from a stroke.

Kirk, 53, emerged from a Capitol doorway to cheers and applause from fellow senators lined up to watch their colleague mount the steps leading the Senate chamber. He walked a little stiffly and with a cane, but was otherwise confident in negotiating the long set of stairs leading into the Capitol building.
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Filed under: Mark Kirk • Senate
Limited Sandy relief vote to occur on Friday
January 3rd, 2013
12:09 PM ET
1 year ago

Limited Sandy relief vote to occur on Friday

(CNN) - After a firestorm of criticism from Northeast Republicans, the House of Representatives is expected to take up an aid package on Friday meant to address those still reeling in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Lawmakers will consider $9 billion in immediate assistance for flood insurance and will weigh another $51 billion in broader aid on January 15.

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Boehner confident in re-election to speaker
January 3rd, 2013
11:45 AM ET
1 year ago

Boehner confident in re-election to speaker

Washington (CNN)House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he was confident the House would re-elect him speaker, but conceded a few fellow Republicans would likely vote against him.

Some conservative activists have called on the House to oust Boehner following the passage of a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. The deal raised tax rates for American households earning more than $450,000 per year. While Boehner made a last-minute effort to include spending cuts in the deal, the measure passed without them.
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Borger: Fiscal cliff was bound to collapse
January 3rd, 2013
11:38 AM ET
1 year ago

Borger: Fiscal cliff was bound to collapse

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is CNN's chief political analyst, appearing regularly on shows such as "AC360˚," "The Situation Room" and "State of the Union."

Washington (CNN) - So I remember thinking, when Congress and President Obama concocted the supercommittee on the deficit - and the fiscal cliff as a last resort if all else failed - that it was a generally boneheaded, albeit necessary, idea.

Conceived in desperation as a way to come up with a deal to raise the debt ceiling (and pay our bills) in the summer of 2011, it seemed like the only way out: a way to agree to do what needed to be done in the short term and to force action in the long term on the bigger picture.

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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff
The power of the (auto) pen
January 3rd, 2013
11:30 AM ET
1 year ago

The power of the (auto) pen

Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) - If you are a president who desperately wants to salvage your Hawaiian vacation, why stick around Washington to sign a bill when an automatic pen can do it for you?

That’s what happened Wednesday when the long-haggled over bill to avert the fiscal cliff was delivered to the White House for the president’s signature. With Obama 5,000 miles away in Hawaii, aides decided to prepare the president with an electronic version of the document for his review rather than commission a special flight to currier over the document.

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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • Hawaii • President Obama
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