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Hoyer: "You cannot... get our country on a fiscally sustainable path without additional revenues." Well, if he insists...

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Via FreakOutNation

Via FreakOutNation

Revenues are swell-- mandatory, in fact-- but Steny Hoyer also said that President Obama and the Dems are ready to accept significant spending cuts, or as The Hill called them, reductions. Define "significant" por favor. "Significant" cuts to Medicare? Social Security? Those reductions?

Meantime, Republicans are pleased as punch with themselves and their threats to shut down the government. Crash that economy! Go-o-o GOP! Rah! America first! Aren't they just totes adorbs?

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Via The Hill:

Rejecting GOP ultimatums, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday that new revenues must accompany spending cuts as Congress prepares to jump headfirst into a series of high-stakes budget debates. [...]

Hoyer, the Democratic whip, said it's "categorically not true" that the last deal takes new revenues off the table in the coming talks.

"I certainly reject it out of hand," Hoyer said during his weekly Capitol press briefing. "You cannot get to where we need to get — to get our country on a fiscally sustainable path — without additional revenues."

It starts to get comical now, because Eric Cantor opened his big mouth and this WTF Moment fell out:

"It’s time for President Obama to stop putting our credit rating at risk and acknowledge we need a credible deficit reduction plan attached to any increase in the debt limit."

I'msorrywhat?

That would be the spending that Congress approved, that Congress put on the Giant U.S. Visa card, the bills they racked up and voted for, the same ones Republicans are now refusing to pay now that they're coming due.

They are the ones who are willing to hold everyone in the country hostage and put our reputation and the world economy at risk in order to get their ridiculous, disastrous spending cuts. It's all explained in this post: You are about to enter another dimension, a dangerous land of debt ceiling negotiation. Next stop, the Deadbeat Zone!

All the projection in the universe won't convince America that it is the president who is playing with lives when it is those on the right who have publicly and proudly said they are using the debt ceiling as leverage, as ransom. Stick that in your debt deal and smoke it, Cantor.

seriously, stfu

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House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer supports marriage equality

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As I tweeted yesterday, the president's endorsement of marriage equality will trigger a  swarm of supporters (along with attacks by those who "prefer" to discriminate).

Kudos to Steny Hoyer.

Livewire:

“Because I believe that equal treatment is a central tenet of our nation, I believe that extending the definition of marriage to committed relationships between two people, irrespective of their sex, is the right thing to do and will not, in any way, undermine the institution of marriage so important to our society nor impose a threat to any individual marriage. It will, however, extend the respect due to every one of our fellow citizens that we would want for ourselves and our children.”

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"The sole mission of the Republican Party is to bring down President Obama."

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House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer is ripping into Republicans in Congress for blocking President Obama's jobs bill, and good for him. They've done nothing but block, obstruct, criticize, and avoid anything close to constructive action of their own.

Instead, the GOP is fixated on their endless quest to overturn Roe v. Wade, employment be damned. They refuse to so much as allow debate on the president's bill, despite the fact that they've previously supported much of what is in it.

And they're even more fixated on something else: Making President Obama a one-termer. Via The Bay Net by my buddy @amarquis32:

Senator Barbara Mukulski (D: MD) has said that the sole mission of the Republican Party is to bring down President Obama.

“Unfortunately, Washington is faced with gridlock,” Mikulski said a few weeks ago. “They’re more worried about making sure Obama loses his job instead of doing the kinds of things so people have their jobs.”

This was a point Hoyer agreed with.

“That’s probably accurate,” Hoyer said. “Andy Young said it (Sunday) at the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. He said that a lot of people in Washington want to bring down the captain by sinking the ship; the ship, of course, being America. I think that too many people believe, if we do things that make America do better and create jobs and make life better for people that it will be to Barack Obama’s benefit. It’s a pretty cynical policy that holds hostage the American people to the political end of defeating President Obama. I think it won’t work.”

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VIDEO: GOP vs GOP, Tim Pawlenty dodges Medicare questions

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The GOP continue to be at battle with themselves, and how amusing that they nearly painted themselves into a corner ... with a little help from the Steny Hoyer and the Dems (via TPM):

That led to the chaos on the House floor late Friday morning. With almost all Democrats voting present, Republicans realized they were about to accidentally pass a plan that was too politically radioactive even to them. So they pressed several of their own members -- including Reps. David Dreier (R-CA), Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), Buck McKeon (R-CA), and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) -- to switch their votes from yes to no. Indeed, when they realized what the Dems were up to, Republicans managed to flip just as many votes as they'd need to kill the RSC plan, even if every Democrat voted "present." Only 15 Democrats declined to switch their votes from "no" to "present." The plan failed by 16 votes.

Via HuffPo, here's some video:

Amid the voting chaos, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) tweeted, “Dems voting present on RSC budget to highlight GOP divisions, plans to end Medicare - which bdgt does GOP support?”

With their vote on the Ryan budget today, the GOP documented their goal of ending Medicare right on the Tee Vee Machine. They can't wait to dump the costs of all their previous and current budget disasters on to the elderly, the poor, the middle class, children, the ill. Good old "pro-life" Republicans.

Just now on Hardball, Chris Matthews asked Rep. Dan Lungren, "Are you worried that you are on record for demolishing Medicare?" Dan Lungren's memorized response: "I'm on record for trying to save it." Nice try, Dan.

Now we see in the first of the two videos, from a New Hampshire tea party rally, how Pawlenty dodged direct questions about Medicare, but who knows, maybe that stunt will help him get that name recognition he needs so badly.

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BREAKING- Source: Deal has been reached for Senate passage of health bill to aid 9/11 first responders

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Per the MSNBC web site:

Source: A Deal has been reached for Senate passage of health bill to aid 9/11 first responders.

Greg Sargent is reporting something very similar, and I just heard Steny Hoyer say this on MSNBC:

"I am told yes, there is an agreement."

UPDATE:

Some GOP senators, led by Tom Coburn, R-Okla., had been blocking quick passage of the bill over objections about its cost and the process by which the legislation passed through Congress.

But after negotiations led by New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, the impasse appears to have been broken, possibly setting up the last legislative action of the 111th Congress this afternoon.

It still has to get House approval.

The Mighty Duck session of Congress strikes again. (h/t: Other98 for that one)

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Steny Hoyer to allow vote Thursday on middle class tax cuts

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Too bad it won't pass:

...House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced that House Democrats would push ahead on a vote Thursday to permanently extend tax breaks just for those making $250,000 a year or less. [...]

Hoyer said the House bill would include permanent extensions of income tax rates for the middle class, plus tax breaks for married couples, the child tax credit, and the earned income tax credit. [...]

Hoyer maintained that moving forward with just a vote on the so-called middle class tax cuts would not interfere with the negotiations on the broader tax cuts, telling reporters Wednesday he spoke with the House Democratic negotiator in the talks, Maryland Democratic Rep Chris Van Hollen. "He and I both agree that this matter moving forward should not undermine negotiations on a compromise," Hoyer said.

A stand alone bill for just the middle class will at least make a statement. Meantime, the only statement the GOP is making is, "blindly obstruct, French kiss the wealthy, hope Obama fails." Way to show your compassion for fellow Americans and respect for your president, Party of No.

And Mr. President, it's been two years. I'm pretty sure you've figured out what these obstructionists are up to, and their plans don't include you.

And I'm pretty sure you're aware of the frustration and anger that your base is feeling, and starting to vocalize clearly and loudly. It isn't pretty. It's painful to acknowledge.

So why are you still a willing participant in such a dysfunctional relationship? We want to be there for you, but lot of us are struggling to understand. We're waiting for an answer.

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Steny Hoyer: Democrats will vote on just middle class tax cuts

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It's time to stick it to the GOP...

Greg Sargent has some good news for us:

Steny Hoyer, the number two in the House Dem leadership, told Democrats at a caucus meeting this morning that they would get to vote this year on just extending the Bush tax cuts for the middle class, a senior Dem aide tells me, signaling support for a confrontational move towards the GOP that liberals have been pushing.

Asked if Democrats would definitely get a chance to hold this vote, the senior aide responded: "Definitely." [...]

...[T]his House move does not preclude a deal being reached in the end on a temporary extension of all the cuts. And plans could still change: The House Dem leadership has yet to publicly endorse this plan.

But if they go anywhere near extending tax cuts for the wealthy, they will have a real problem on their hands. That must. Not. Happen.

Plus, they still have to contend with the Senate.

Please go read the rest, because Greg discusses the difficulties in detail.

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