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It's a microcosm of the budget battling that has consumed Congress all year: The Obama administration wants federal agencies to save money while Republicans push for additional savings to take a substantial bite out of the government's towering pile of IOUs.
Like rebellious teenagers, Washington politicians ignore advice until they get in trouble. The debt downgrade and market crash ought to get them to rethink their overspending ways. Within the week, a new task force will form to give them an opportunity to make amends.
The White House on Wednesday said it is reasonable to claim future savings from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that already were winding down, saying that President Obama should get credit for "policy decisions" to end those conflicts.
Facing a growing revolt in their own ranks, House Republican leaders said Tuesday they are rewriting their debt-limit increase bill after the Congressional Budget Office said Speaker John A. Boehner's plan does not save as much money as he had claimed.
For his 73rd round of golf as president Saturday, Barack Obama invited House Speaker John A. Boehner to join him on the greens. The top Democrat teamed up with the most powerful Republican for 18 holes against Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican. There's something unseemly about a commander in chief going on this jaunt while troops are in harm's way and the self-imposed July 1 deadline for a deal on spending cuts and the debt ceiling looms. "Boehner has always said that if you're invited to anything by the president, you should go," the speaker's spokesman, Michael Steel, told The Washington Times.
New House Speaker John A. Boehner doesn't have as many millions as his predecessor, Nancy Pelosi, but like many new committee chairmen and other leaders, he has holdings in companies that have major financial stakes in the actions of Congress.
Renewed House-Senate budget negotiations aimed at averting a government shutdown centered on possibly cutting $33 billion from current spending levels, a senior congressional aide said Wednesday.
When the last-known surviving U.S. veteran of World War I died late last month, there was no shortage of praise or accolades for the 110-year-old doughboy, although one posthumous honor seems to have escaped him — lying in state at the U.S. Capitol.
House Speaker John A. Boehner plans to meet President Obama's call for bipartisanship and education reform with legislation that would "totally revive" the D.C. voucher program, which the president killed in 2009.