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Aug 20, 2010

More tough economic times forecast by CBO

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. economy faces difficult times ahead with chronic unemployment and slow manufacturing hurting the pace of recovery, the head of Congress’ budget agency said on Thursday.

The warning from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office came on top of more bad U.S. economic data that heightened concerns about a return to recession, roiling markets. The gloomy outlook could also spell trouble for Democrats facing November congressional elections.

Aug 19, 2010

2010 budget deficit at $1.342 trillion: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The budget deficit will hit $1.342 trillion this year, the Congressional Budget Office forecast on Thursday, down slightly from its March projection of $1.368 trillion, according to a government source.

CBO, the Congress’ nonpartisan budget analyst, also forecast a $1.066 trillion deficit for fiscal year 2011, which begins on October 1, up slightly from the March estimate of $996 billion.

Aug 19, 2010

U.S. 2010 budget deficit at $1.342 trln – source

WASHINGTON, Aug 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. budget deficit will
hit $1.342 trillion this year, the Congressional Budget Office
forecast on Thursday, down slightly from its March projection
of $1.368 trillion, according to a government source.

CBO, the Congress’ nonpartisan budget analyst, also
forecast a $1.066 trillion deficit for fiscal year 2011, which
begins on Oct. 1, up slightly from the March estimate of $996
billion.

Jul 30, 2010
via Tales from the Trail

House investigators recommend reprimand for Rangel

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Some of Representative Charles Rangel’s colleagues thought the New York Democrat merited a reprimand rather than a more serious punishment of censure or expulsion for alleged violations of ethics rules in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“The recommendation we had was a reprimand,” Representative Gene Green, who led the two-year House ethics committee investigation into Rangel, told reporters on Friday.

Jul 29, 2010

Republicans block small business plan in Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Republicans blocked a $30-billion plan to help community banks boost lending to small businesses, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama’s election-year battle to reduce unemployment.

Tempers ran high as Democratic leaders failed to muster the 60 votes needed to advance the measure over Republican objections. Republicans were upset that Democrats shut them out from amending the package that also includes about $12 billion in tax breaks for small businesses.

Jul 29, 2010

US ethics panel reviews tentative Rangel deal-source

WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) – A U.S. House of
Representatives ethics panel on Thursday began reviewing a
“tentative agreement” to settle charges against Democratic
Representative Charles Rangel, a congressional source said on
Thursday.

The bipartisan panel may need at least a few days to decide
whether to recommend acceptance of the accord negotiated by
attorneys for both sides, the source said.

Jul 28, 2010

U.S. deficit panel eyes reining in tax breaks

WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) – A U.S. presidential
commission charged with cutting the budget deficit on Wednesday
discussed the politically charged issue of scrapping or
changing tax breaks that cost about $1 trillion a year.

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad suggested
ending some of the tax breaks as part of a broader effort to
streamline the U.S. tax code to make the economy more
competitive globally and generate revenues without raising tax
rates.

Jul 22, 2010

Obama signs bill aiding long-term unemployed

WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Thursday signed a bill to restore aid for about 2.5 million
jobless Americans after being handed a setback in his fight
against unemployment when initial claims for benefits surged.

Obama signed the benefits bill for the long-term unemployed
just a hours after the U.S. House of Representatives passed it
on a vote of 272-152. The Democratic-led Congress passed the
bill after the Senate on Wednesday ended a weeks-long partisan
stalemate over the $34 billion cost of the measure and its
impact on deficits and the economy.

Jul 22, 2010

Jobless aid bill clears Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Congress voted on Thursday to restore aid for about 2.5 million jobless Americans while President Barack Obama had a setback in his fight against unemployment when initial claims for benefits surged.

The extended benefits for the long-term unemployed cleared the U.S. House of Representatives on a vote of 272-152, a day after the Senate ended a weeks-long partisan stalemate over the $34 billion cost of the measure and its impact on deficits and the economy.

Jul 15, 2010
via Tales from the Trail

Democrats in a dilemma on Bush tax cuts

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Conventional political wisdom says that if you are going to cut taxes, do it before an election. But in a congressional election year when record deficits and a $13 trillion national debt are unnerving voters, that wisdom may not hold.

At least that seems to be the case among Democrats who are facing serious voter concerns about deficits, the fragile economy and lack of job creation going into the November elections when Republicans hope to take control of Congress.

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      "Washington congressional correspondent specializing in economics, taxes and budget issues. Covered the healthcare reform legislation and President George W. Bush's push to overhaul Social Security. Also covered the savings and loan crisis and spent time covering the White House during President Bill Clinton's administration. Covered trade and Federal Reserve policy as well."
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