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But Jay Carney, the president's press secretary, said it was only a restatement of his long-held position that the cuts were ``never meant to be implemented'' and that Obama is confident Congress will avoid them. ``First of all, the sequester is not something that I've proposed,'' he said. ``It is something that Congress has proposed.
WASHINGTON, Oct 23- President Barack Obama caught Capitol Hill by surprise with his comment that automatic spending cuts looming in January ``will not happen,'' kindling hope among Democrats but doubt among Republicans that he has a viable plan to replace them.
As the presidential election campaign grinds into November, Republican and Democratic lawmakers are busily hammering their own pitons into the fiscal cliff — staking out routes that could either force compromise or snap the economy’s safety lines.
Speaker John Boehner says the House will vote Friday on a GOP bill preventing interest rates on federal student loans from doubling this summer. But the legislation will be paid for by cutting money from President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law.
The Republican presidential primary has practically been decided with an “almost-certain nominee,” Sen. Mitch McConnell said Thursday.
President Obama is set to deliver his annual State of the Union address Tuesday night, but he shouldn’t expect a lot of Republican cooperation. Republicans aren’t interested in doing more things that don’t work, says Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Sen Mitch McConnell, Senate Republican Leader, (R-KY) discusses what he hopes to hear from President Obama in his State of the Union address, and whether he expects divisiveness to continue in Congress.
The office of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has issued a swift response to Warren Buffett's offer to match three-for-one any contribution McConnell makes to reduce the deficit. A spokesman suggests that Buffett should be matching contributions "from those who actually want to pay higher taxes, including Congressional Democrats, the President and the DNC."
Warren Buffett has a challenge for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, telling Time he'll match three-for-one any voluntary donations McConnell makes to reduce the federal deficit. It's a response to McConnell's criticism of Buffett's call for higher tax rates on the super-rich.
The GOP-led House rejected a Senate bill to extend the payroll-tax cut for two months, putting the two chambers on yet-another collision course with millions of Americans facing tax increases and cuts in jobless benefits if the dispute is not resolved by year-end.
The U.S. House of Representatives will vote sometime Tuesday on a Republican plan calling for new negotiations with the Senate on extending a payroll tax cut now set to expire on Dec. 31, House lawmakers said on Monday.
Republicans are prepared to extend the payroll tax cuts for another year, but Democrats conceding on the so-called “millionaires tax” would not likely be enough to reach an agreement on a deal, says Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Are Republicans prepared to extend unemployment benefits, if the Democrats agree to the Keystone pipeline? Discussing the ongoing payroll tax stalemate on Capitol Hill, with Sen. Mitch McConnell, (R-KY).
Republicans are accusing President Obama of waging "class warfare" with his proposal for a new "Buffett Rule" that would create a minimum tax rate for anyone making more than one million dollars a year.
Seeing the president and members of Congress in action gives a new perspective on the debt talks. Click for scenes from the talks, in the month leading up to the compromise.
If the rest of the country thinks that Washington has gone mad this summer, that is pretty much the view in this bewildered capital, too. The New York Times reports.
It's this quartet who will have to draw on their experience, skill and charm to find the deal and the votes to pass it for averting an unprecedented government default next week..
With a default deadline looming, House Republican leaders are giving the Tea Party what amounts to a symbolic floor vote on its "cut, cap and balance" debt-limit plan.
The White House says President Barack Obama is stepping directly into stalled debt talks, inviting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican leader Mitch McConnell separately to discussions Monday.