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  • May 02, 2011

    Senator Corker Takes Leading Role in Debt-Ceiling Fight

    Another week has passed, and Congress still is searching for a resolution to the debt-ceiling issue. While the bipartisan Gang of Six continues to remain silent on the details of its plan, other members of the Senate have stepped in to fill the vacuum. On the GOP side, perhaps the most significant contributor has been Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee. Senator Corker has made passing his Commitment to American Prosperity, or CAP, Act or similar legislation a pre-condition for voting to raise the debt-ceiling limit.
  • April 25, 2011

    Kabuki Dance Continues over Debt-Ceiling Negotiations

    Each day brings the country closer to when the debt ceiling will have to be raised or the federal government will go into default. The debate boils down to finding cuts both Republicans and Democrats can live with and sealing a deal before the debt ceiling is reached or before the bond market panics. Either action would send the American economy into a tailspin.
  • April 19, 2011

    'Gang of Six' Senators Craft Deficit-Reduction Plan

    A bipartisan group of senators known as the “Gang of Six” has been attempting to create a long-term deficit-reduction package that can clear the Senate. Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) (pictured) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) are leading four of their colleagues in crafting this compromise. They're building on the framework provided last year by President Obama's commission on debt reduction.
  • April 12, 2011

    Leaders Reach 11th Hour Compromise to Avoid Government Shutdown

    Congressional leaders reached bipartisan agreement late Friday night to keep federal operations going while a long-term solution is finalized. Republicans and Democrats call the agreement the single-largest cut in annual spending in American history.
  • April 04, 2011

    President Obama Officially Begins Re-Election Campaign

    President Obama launched his re-election campaign this week, releasing a new video "It Begins with Us." In other news, the president announced a plan to reduce oil imports by one third over the next decade. And the budget tug-of-war continues, while the threat of a government shutdown looms.
  • March 28, 2011

    White House, Senate Democrats Prepare Budget Counter Offer

    Lase week a group of Senate Democrats worked under the guidance of White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley to create a budget proposal that would cut an additional $20 billion in federal spending. These cuts go beyond the $10 billion reductions included in previous continuing resolutions. Once the plan is complete, Democrats will share it with House Republicans, hoping to avert a government shutdown on April 8.
  • March 21, 2011

    President Obama Focuses on Foreign Affairs in Brazil

    In an attempt to improve U.S. relations with the largest nation in Latin America and promote bilateral trade, President Obama just completed an official trip to Brazil. The recent inauguration of Brazilian President Dilma Vana Rousseff offers the United States a new opportunity to deepen economic ties.
  • March 15, 2011

    Congress Passes Spending Bill with Three-Week Extension

    Congress this week passed a three-week extension to its previous stopgap spending measure, with new cuts that would shave roughly $6 from the federal budget. This most recent compromise will avert a federal government shutdown only until April 8.
  • March 07, 2011

    Shutdown Averted -- for Now; Mid-March Deadline Looms

    Thanks to a compromise agreement struck last Wednesday between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill, a federal government shutdown has been averted, but only temporarily. President Obama and Congress now seek a permanent solution to the compromise, which funds the government through March 18.
  • February 28, 2011

    Obama to Let Governors Propose Own Healthcare Plans

    State governors and President Obama met this past weekend during the National Governors Association meeting in Washington D.C. Two issues -- balancing state budgets and implementing the healthcare reform law -- took center stage in the discussions. Recognizing that healthcare is a major budget item in most states, the president told the governors they could opt out of the federal health care plan as long as the coverage offered by the states was equally comprehensive.
  • February 22, 2011

    Shutdown of Federal Govt. Looms on the Horizon

    Instead of passing a budget for fiscal 2011 last year, Congress passed a continuing resolution that will keep the federal government running until March 4. As that date approaches, however, legislators are no closer to reaching agreement on a continuing resolution for the balance of the fiscal year. If no agreement is reached by March 4, the federal government will face a shutdown. As that date approaches, however, legislators are no closer to reaching agreement on a budget for the balance of the fiscal year. If no agreement is reached by March 4, the federal government will face a shutdown. The reason Congressional Democrats and Republicans haven't reached a compromise yet to keep the government operating is spending levels.
  • February 14, 2011

    Obama Budget Proposal Calls for Targeted Cuts, Few Increases

    The Obama administration has released its 2012 budget proposal with an overall price tag of $3.7 trillion. The proposed budget, put together by Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew, strives to cut the ever-growing deficit and calls for slashing or eliminating more than 200 federal programs. According to official estimates, this proposal would reduce the 10-year budget deficit by $1.1 trillion.
  • February 09, 2011

    President Obama, Canadian PM Agree to Review Regulations

    President Obama met last Friday with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to discuss issues of common interest, ranging from border security to business regulations to the ongoing situation in Egypt. While the American-Canadian relationship does not receive much press attention, the combination of a long international border, large amounts of bilateral trade and investment and major overlapping interests on defense issues make this bilateral relationship one of the most important for the United States.
  • January 31, 2011

    White House Looks to Energy, Tech Fields to Create Jobs

    In his State of the Union address last week, President Obama called for 80 percent of American energy to come from renewable sources by 2035. Following the speech, the White House encouraged the development of green technologies to create jobs. While many have been reluctant to embrace nuclear energy and natural gas as potential sources of cleaner energy, the president offered both as new sources to be tapped.
  • January 25, 2011

    President Challenges Americans to 'Outcompete' Other Nations

    “We need to out-innovate, outeducate and outbuild the rest of the world,” President Obama said in Tuesday's State of the Union address. “We have to make America the best place on earth to do business. We need to take responsibility for our deficit and reform our government. That’s how our people will prosper.”
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