“I don’t think this is fair to just start subpoenaing records,” Reid said.
“If we knew everything that we know now [about the Tsarnaev brothers], we would have taken a hard look at these individuals.”
Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) unveiled the Protect Our Skies Act on Tuesday.
“Across the board percentage cuts are probably about the worst way to go about cutting things, because it means that low-priority items get cut at the same rate as high-priority items,” says Maurice McTigue, director of the Mercatus Center’s Government Accountability Project at George Mason University in Fairfax.
For states that rely heavily on federal government spending — states such as Virginia — the seemingly imminent budget cuts known as “sequestration” are a wake-up call.
Pentagon Press Secretary George Little reaffirmed the threat that sequestration would post to the Defense community Tuesday, adding that the Department is not just “crying wolf.”
The last time the debt-ceiling controversy arose, it occurred to me that if the raising the “ceiling” is a mere formality—if in fact the sky’s the limit to government borrowing—it’s no ceiling at all. Hence, I dubbed this charade the “debt sky.”
When Congress and President Obama came up with their beyond-the-last-minute deal to put off addressing the coming fiscal crisis, the Wall Street Journal turned the spotlight on a little-noticed, yet too typical aspect of Washington’s machinations.
Amid the holiday retail boom that typically boosts short-term employment, fears over the so-called “fiscal cliff” could be partly to blame for an unseasonable spike in unemployment, says a former Bureau of Labor Statistics commissioner.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) suggested Thursday that President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats are currently running a “victory lap” instead of focusing on ways to avoid the looming series of budget cuts and tax increases known as the fiscal cliff.