Two of the Republican Party’s most promising presidential prospects on Tuesday outlined their vision of a renewed GOP that represents 100 percent of Americans, in an apparent effort to distance themselves from some of the blunders of the party’s most recent presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
House Republicans on Monday made their first counter offer to the White House in negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff, proposing total savings of $2.2 trillion over the next decade, $800 billion of which would come from new revenue through tax reform.
The opening bid in negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff delivered to Congressional Republicans on Thursday by President Barack Obama was neither balanced nor indicative of a party that is particularly concerned about reducing the deficit despite claiming to favor a “balanced approach” to solving the country’s fiscal crisis.
Grover Norquist is either an irrelevant, “random person” or the fire-breathing puppet master of the Republican Party and the only thing standing in the way of a solution to the nation’s fiscal woes, depending on who you ask.
Employee payroll taxes are scheduled to rise nearly 50 percent in 2013 absent action by lawmakers, and there is a growing sense that both parties might be willing to let that happen.
White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday declined to elaborate on President Barack Obama’s plans to wage a grassroots messaging campaign in conjunction with the negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff.
“It would ruin the fun if I gave you all the details now,” Carney said.
A top Republican is insisting that party leaders retain more than $2 trillion in spending cuts agreed to in last year’s budget agreement, as negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff heat up.
Republicans understand that their political leverage is significantly diminished following their electoral drubbing earlier this month, but some fear that the secretive, high-level nature of negotiations underway risks further undermining the GOP position.
Lawmakers kicked off negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff at the White House on Friday with both sides expressing optimism that a deal could be reached before the end of the year.