The House and Senate were both in session today, so we’ve got our daily updates on a couple of today’s latest policy topics.
Many commentators have wondered whether House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray can broker a deal on the budget resolution, considering the sides are so far apart. Politico reports on some circumstances that suggest that there just might be an accord after all.
Some have wondered whether Republican Representative Tom Cole would perhaps vote with the Democrats. Today he tamped down on such speculation.
Aside from the budget resolution, the Congress will have to deal with the debt ceiling again in mid-February. Today the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the government would reach the ceiling sometime between March and June of next year.
When HealthCare.gov’s problems became readily apparent, the Administration set November 30 as a goal for ensuring the website’s functionality for most people. On Tuesday, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said that fixing the site would be an ongoing process beyond November 30.
Obamacare’s debacle has prompted many to wonder whether Americans will reject big-government policies for the foreseeable future. RealClearPolitics’ Sean Trende is skeptical of that prediction, owing to many similar projections in the past.
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