If the debt limit is going to be raised, then voters support cuts alongside any increase. Six in ten (61%) agree if Congress increases the debt limit, then they should also cut spending. Just 23% support keeping spending levels the same, and 8% support increasing spending.
With the Obama Administration’s deadline for fixing HealthCare.gov passed (read what the president’s hometown Chicago Tribune said about the administration’s efforts), the next date on which Washington is focused is Dec. 13.
Today “Spending Daily” takes a look at a new CBO report detailing a possible debt ceiling delay, as well as updates readers on new hurdles for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) rollout.
Last week’s deal to reopen the federal government included a provision that required the House and Senate convene a budget conference committee. The two chambers each passed their own fiscal year 2014 budget resolution earlier this year, but never met to negotiate the differences. This new committee isn’t the debt super committee, so what is it?
Last night, President Obama signed the Senate’s bi-partisan deal to re-open the government and suspend the debt ceiling. After 16 days of shutdown and uncertainty, the deal was welcomed by a majority of Congress and an anxious White House.
Skyler Mann over at Pocket Full of Liberty takes a look at private charities like The Fisher House Foundation that stepped up to the plate while Washington was shut down.
Late last night the Senate and House voted to fund federal agencies and send hundreds of thousands of federal employees back to work. According to The Washington Post, “The agreement struck by Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ended a stalemate created last month, when hard-line conservatives pushed GOP leaders to use the threat of shutdown to block a landmark expansion of federally funded health coverage.”
Today, Senate leaders have reached a bipartisan deal that would lift the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown that has been in effect for more than two weeks. If both the House and Senate pass the bill, President Obama will most likely sign the bill and the federal government will reopen. Here are 5 things to know about the Senate proposal.
Hamel: Funding, Debt Ceiling Fight An “Embarrassment” That Distracts From Fiscal Reality, Public Opinion
The recent debate over funding the government and raising the debt ceiling represents a collective failure by our leaders in Washington and a national embarrassment on the world stage. While many members of Congress and the president were busy scoring political points and making outlandish promises, they put our economy at immediate risk, lost sight of fiscal dangers in the future and diminished America’s standing in the world.
Most of the action last week was off the Senate and House floor as lawmakers tried to arrive at a plan to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. They were, of course, unsuccessful and the federal government now enters its third week of partial operations.