I'm hearing conflicting reports out of Olympia. One Democratic senator tells me that "a deal is now in the works" to settle the budget squabble, but there just may not be enough time before the midnight close of the 30-day special session to get all the procedural details through both houses. But other sources tell me that Republicans appear settled on forcing a second special session, largely at the behest of major donors who feel that Democrats come out of it looking worse than Republicans do.
It was shocking for Progressives to hear. The bipartisan budget recently introduced by Representatives Patty Murray (D) and Paul Ryan (R) did not include an extension of unemployment insurance. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid so... Read Post
After winning approval in the House, the Ryan-Murray budget deal now moves to the Senate. Democrats will need support from at least 5 GOP Senators to pass the deal. While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) can normally count o... Read Post