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Water Cooler Archive: July 2011

  • PICKET: A framework or a debt ceiling agreement?

    News reports touting that a debt ceiling resolution has been struck among Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle. On the surface this appears to be the case. However, the remarks made by House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, to his GOP caucus as well as the floor statement made by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, talk more about a "framework" to develop a deal from as a opposed to a solid deal that is in place at the moment. Published July 31 2011

  • PICKET: McCain - No regrets over 'hobbit' remark

    Senator John McCain, Arizona Republican, found himself in hot water with tea party activists when he went to the Senate floor last Wednesday and read from a Wall Street Journal editorial that compared tea party activists to "hobbits," fictional creatures from the books of fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien. Published July 31 2011

  • PICKET: Reid debt plan blocked in Senate, Dem leaders regroup

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, filed cloture to bring his debt ceiling bill to the Senate floor for a vote. However, the Democratic leader failed to attain the needed 60 votes and his plan to raise the debt ceiling was blocked by the GOP 50 to 49. Published July 31 2011

  • PICKET: House GOP passes Boehner debt ceiling bill

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed Speaker John Boehner's debt ceiling bill on Friday by a vote of 218 to 210. The Republican House majority now must wait to see what happens to Boehner's bill in the Senate. Published July 29 2011

  • PICKET: Dem Congresswoman calls debt crisis 'An intentional disaster'

    Congresswoman Kathy Hochul, New York Democrat,brought forth the Democrats’ final argument against Speaker John Boehner’s debt ceiling bill. Published July 29 2011

  • PICKET: (video) DNC head - Boehner bill causes pain to middle class and can't pass anyway

    America's Morning News caught up with Congresswoman Debbie Wsserman-Schultz, DNC Chair and Florida Democrat, and asked if President would be putting forth a plan anytime soon during the debt ceiling debate. Published July 29 2011

  • PICKET:Balanced budget amendment brings new dynamic to Boehner bill

    The debt ceiling bill proposed by House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, went though another revision after it failed to muster enough support from House Republicans to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. It alreadt is beginning to show hints of support from those who never supported Mr. Boehner's bill before. Published July 29 2011

  • PICKET: After testy exchanges rules committee approves same day rule for Boehner bill

    House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, California Republican, told reporters late Thursday evening there would be not vote on Speaker Boehner's debt ceiling bill, Congressman David Dreier, California Republican and Chairman of the Rules Committee called his members into a meeting to discuss giving House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, same day authorization to his bill so changes in the legislation could be made within 24 hours without putting the it through the rules committee and require a 2/3 super majority in House. Published July 29 2011

  • PICKET: House conservatives keep Boehner's debt ceiling bill in limbo

    Boehner's debt ceiling plan appeared to be poised for passage in the House by early Thursday evening. A number of freshman GOP'ers came out on the House triangle in the afternoon to show support for House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican. Published July 28 2011

  • PICKET: GOP Freshmen: (video) Reid is a coward and we're not extremist radicals

    Freshmen House Republicans spoke to reporters on Thursday afternoon to lend support to House Speaker John Boehner's debt ceiling plan. The GOP lawmakers also defended the party from attacks and took a number of swipes at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat for tabling the House passed Cut, Cap, and Balance bill. Published July 28 2011

  • PICKET: WH's Carney invokes 'Sophie's Choice' analogy into debt ceiling debate

    It seems like politicians and staffers on Capitol Hill are using movie analogies to work their way through the debt ceiling issue. House Republicans were reported to have watched a clip from the movie "The Town" and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday compared the holocaust movie "Sophie's Choice" to who the Treasury Department could end up sending checks to Published July 27 2011

  • PICKET:(video) Wu makes decision clear - debt ceiling vote before family

    The Washington Times asked Congressman Wu why he does not resign immediately. Published July 27 2011

  • PICKET: (video) Issa calls political activism of DOJ's Asst. AG at La Raza luncheon 'inappropriate'

    Justice Department's Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas Perez addressed the National Council of La Raza, a progressive latino activist organization, on Saturday and his speech was so remarkably political in tone, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, California Republican, called it "inappropriate." Published July 26 2011

  • PICKET: (video) Asst. AG to La Raza- DOJ will examine state voter ID laws and redistricting plans

    U.S. Justice Department Civil Rights Division Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez was the keynote speaker at the National Council of La Raza Luncheon in Washington on Saturday. Mr. Perez, a former board president of a La Raza affiliate in Maryland, gave a speech in an explicitly told the audience at the beginning of his speech: "What I see in this job is a remarkable opportunity to ensure access to opportunity." He noted, "Your work has been inspiring to me." A.G. Perez told the audience his department would examine not only states that have recently passed new ID laws but also carefully oversee how state governments handle their redistricting this year. Published July 26 2011

  • PICKET: How much does Boehner plan cut?

    Republican House leadership remained steadfast Tuesday morning that the debt ceiling plan House Speaker John Boehner is putting forth is deep in cuts and free of taxes. However, conservatives question the mysterious number as to how much Mr. Boehner is willing to cut in discretionary spending in 2012. Published July 26 2011

  • PICKET: Rep. Wu to resign after debt ceiling crisis resolved

    The embattled Congressman David Wu, Oregon Democrat, who is accused of of unwanted sexual advances toward a young woman announced in a statement he will resign from Congress after the debt ceiling crisis is resolved. Published July 26 2011

  • PICKET: Obama's debt ceiling speech

    President Barack Obama's Debt Ceiling Speech - July 25, 2011 Published July 25 2011

  • PICKET: Boehner's debt ceiling speech

    House Speaker John Boehner's debt ceiling speech - July 25, 2011 Published July 25 2011

  • MILLER: Cantor: Obama election blocks debt ceiling deal

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor puts the blame for the standoff in a debt ceiling resolution on President Obama’s fixation on his re-election. When asked if the framework that the Republicans announced would raise the debt ceiling the full amount of $2.7 trillion that the president requested, the Virginia Republican hinted on Monday that they would not. Published July 25 2011

  • PICKET: Deja Wu - Dem congressman's sex scandal brings back memories of Weiner

    Just as the epilogue of former Democratic New York Congressman Anthony Weiner begins to emerge, another Democrat, Oregon Congressman David Wu, is now accused of sexual wrongdoing by a young woman last November. Published July 25 2011