Lawmakers expressed confidence Sunday that a budget deal will be reached before Dec. 13, when the House of Representatives is expected to adjourn.
Events over the weekend have made the likelihood of a deal by Oct. 17 appear increasingly uncertain as Democrats seek an agreement that includes removing budget caps and raising the sequester levels established in the 2011 Budget Control Act.
A leading corporate backer of the American Legislative Exchange Council rebuffed an inquiry by a leading Democratic senator into the nature of its support for the organization.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) responded to a Wall Street Journal editorial that criticized his call for private companies to disclose if they financed a conservative non-profit that supported stand-your-ground legislation.
A free market nonprofit group accused a leading Senate Democrat of “Soviet-style tactics” in an effort that they say is a political intimidation campaign designed to sap support for groups that oppose Democrats’ agenda.
Conservative groups lambasted Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) after the lawmaker sent a letter to hundreds of alleged donors to the American Legislative Exchange Committee (ALEC) asking if they still supported ALEC and so-called “stand your ground” laws.
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) sent a letter to companies that may have supported the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council this week asking about ALEC’s work on model legislation for “stand your ground” laws.