9:10 AM, Jun 8, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democrat Heidi Heitkamp has a miniscule lead over Republican Rick Berg in the Senate race to replace retiring Democrat Kent Conrad. According to Mason-Dixon Polling Group, 47 percent of registered voters support former state attorney general Heitkamp and 46 percent support Berg, the state's lone member House of Representatives. Berg faces a challenge in the Republican primary on June 12 from Duane Sand, a conservative activist.
A poll taken at the beginning of May showed Berg with a seven-point lead over Heitkamp.
While Conrad's retirement from the Senate made the seat a likely pick-up in Republican-leaning North Dakota, Heitkamp's entry rendered the race competitive, due undoubtedly to the Democrat's perceived moderation in the mold of Conrad. In fact, in a recent interview with the Hill, Heitkamp hedged on the question of whether she would support Harry Reid as majority leader in the Senate, though a spokesman later clarified that she would support Reid. Heitkamp has also said President Barack Obama has "failed in the one test America had for him, which was to unite the country."
5:01 PM, Apr 18, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The staff of Senate Budget Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) sends along this photo of the committee's meeting today:
5:45 PM, Apr 17, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senate Budget Committee chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) indicated late Monday he was prepared to hold a markup on a budget proposal Wednesday afternoon. But at a press conference in the Capitol on Tuesday, Conrad said tomorrow would only be “the beginning of a markup” and that a vote on the budget likely won't happen until after the November election.
10:27 PM, Mar 20, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The bipartisan Medicare reform plan proposed by Republican House member Paul Ryan and Oregon senator Ron Wyden is dead. At least, that's the perception Democratic Senate majority leader Harry Reid may be trying to create.
When asked multiple times by reporters about the Wyden-Ryan proposal and how it related to the budget Ryan released today, Reid simply pointed out that Wyden, a liberal Democrat, was against the GOP budget.
2:19 PM, Jul 13, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the ranking member on the Budget Committee, spoke today on the Senate floor about his plan to raise points of order against all appropriations bills until the Senate passes a budget. Here's an excerpt of Sessions's remarks explaining the procedure:
8:22 AM, Jul 1, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Yesterday, Harry Reid cancelled a planned Senate recess for the week of July 4, which Republican senators such as Jeff Sessions and Marco Rubio had been pushing, since the government is rapidly approaching the debt ceiling deadline of August 2.
2:34 PM, Jun 17, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned today that the United States is on dangerous economic ground if it does not reduce its budget deficit soon:
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for U.S. economic growth on Friday and warned Washington and debt-ridden European countries that they are "playing with fire" unless they take immediate steps to reduce their budget deficits....
The Senate has not passed a budget in 750 days.8:01 AM, May 20, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senate Budget Committee chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) has again delayed the introduction and markup of a budget proposal, according to the Hill. Conrad says he will defer that part of the process until after the bipartisan talks led by Vice President Joe Biden conclude:
4:47 PM, May 17, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
After much fanfare about a coming bipartisan budget agreement in the Senate, it looks as though rumors that the so-called Gang of Six had fallen apart may be true. Bloomberg reports:
A bipartisan “Gang of Six” senators is unlikely to reach agreement on a proposal to reduce the government’s long-term budget deficits, Senator Tom Coburn said today.
8:50 AM, May 12, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Where is the Senate Democrats' actual budget plan for 2012? Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, presented a proposal to his caucus in a closed-door meeting Tuesday, telling reporters afterward that the plan will seek to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion, with $2 trillion in spendings cuts and another $2 trillion in tax hikes. But Conrad hasn't released any specifics regarding what cuts he would make or which taxes he would increase.
7:10 PM, May 10, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
After several months of bipartisan gangs, presidential commissions and summits, and rhetoric from leadership, the Senate has still not passed a budget resolution. And even more meetings at the White House about budget deficits this week mean the delay continues. Finally, though, there seems to be some progress: Senate Democrats finally have a budget proposal that most of the caucus seems to be satisfied with.
2:37 PM, Jan 19, 2011 • By JAY COST
The announcement this week that both Kent Conrad and Joe Lieberman will not be seeking reelection is a stark reminder of how polarized American politics is today, as well as why it has gotten that way.
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