Tag Archives: Blue Dog Democrats

Trump meeting with lawmakers of both parties on Dreamers, Healthcare, Tax Reform and More…

His party Conservatives will have to wait outside for now as Donald Trump settles down to play politics to try work out deals for some wins…

It seems to have registede on him that he needs to negotiate with people from BOTH parties …..

President Trump has invited a bipartisan group of moderate House members to the White House on Wednesday to discuss a host of issues, including tax reform, infrastructure and health care, according to a congressional source familiar with the meeting.

The meeting may also include a discussion of the path forward for “DREAMers,” undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, the source said, asking for anonymity to discuss a meeting that had not been publicly announced. Trump last week canceled former president Obama’s policy of protecting DREAMers from deportation and set a six-month deadline for Congress to pass legislation to preserve their legal status.

As of Tuesday morning, four Republican and eight Democratic House members were confirmed for the meeting, including members of the bipartisan “Problem Solvers” caucus and the centrist Democrat Blue Dog Coalition, according to another congressional source familiar with the meeting.

The meeting appears to be another indication of Trump’s recent willingness to involve Democrats in deal-making. Last week,…


Three Democratic senators joined President Donald Trump for a White House dinner Tuesday aimed at winning their support for an as-yet unreleased tax overhaul bill that would be written by Republican leaders.

Trump’s guests — Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana — are the only three Democratic senators who haven’t signed on to a list of conditions for supporting any tax legislation: that it not add to the federal deficit, that it not increase the burden on the middle class and that it go through the regular order process in Congress.

In reaching out to them, Trump is amplifying a White House strategy that seems squarely aimed at Democrats…



SOME Senate Democrats thinking about ending payroll tax holiday?

from the Hill….

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D), who faces a tough re-election in Ohio, said it would be wise to extend the payroll tax holiday another year as well as prolong unemployment insurance.

“I think it’s wise to do that, unemployment, all those,” he said.

But a growing number of Democrats say it is time to end the stimulus, which cut the payroll tax rate for employees from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent.

“We’re running into this problem. The critics said ‘You’ll never get rid of it. It’s going to ultimately jeopardize Social Security trust fund, the general revenue fund can’t continue to subsidize it.’ And we said, ‘No, it’s going to come to an end,’” said Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.).

“In terms of whether we need more stimulus in our economy, I think we do. But in terms of using this against the Social Security trust fund, I think for credibility we have to keep our word,” he added.

Extending the payroll tax holiday for another year would cost an estimated $120 billion. The loss of revenue to the Social Security trust fund has been replaced with general treasury funds, adding to the federal debt.

The Senate Democratic caucus has not yet taken an official position on the issue but lawmakers are leaning against a third extension, which is opposed by liberal defenders of Social Security.

“I think the consensus has been that the payroll tax cut should not be extended but I would leave one escape hatch: what’s happening with the economy,” said Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.). “The thing that is hurting us right now is Europe and the European situation is far from being resolved and we know this could have continuing adverse impact on our economy.”



When you do a piece in a media spot you gotta tell the WHOLE story…

If you read the names of the Senator’s the author of this piece used as reference something jumps out at you right AWAY….

They are all either blue dogs …..


In tough reelection fights in blue or purple states…..

MOST Democratic Senators aren’t gonna want be the position of RAISING TAXES by eliminating the tax holiday….

Heck …..Someone in the piece uses the GOP cuss word ‘stimulus’…..

THAT should have the dead giveaway……


Gay “Marriage” is a Losing Issue…For Democrats (Blue Dogs Dem’s that is)…Red State


Look at the list….

The Blue Dogs Democrats…..

They’re now Happy that they have something to run against Obama….

Gay “Marriage” is a Losing Issue…For Democrats

Posted by Daniel Horowitz (Diary) @ Red State…

We are constantly told by the consultant class that the issue of marriage is a big loser for Republicans.  If you listen to the talking points from almost every elected Republican official in recent days, you will hear them say that the whole issue is a “distraction” from the real issues.  Simply put, they believe the Democrat talking points that they are on the wrong side of the issue, and desire to ignore the fight for traditional marriage altogether, lest it be an albatross around their necks.

However, beyond the public show of bravado regarding gay marriage, it is actually the Democrats who are scared about the electoral consequences of their position on the issue.  After all, North Carolina just became the 32nd state to pass a marriage amendment, and it did so by a large margin (especially considering the inclusion of civil unions in the amendment).  As the Hill reports, Democrats outside of dark blue states aren’t exactly jumping on the “right side of history” bandwagon:

Sens. Jon Tester (Mont.) and Claire McCaskill (Mo.), the two most vulnerable Democratic senators, have declined to endorse Obama’s call for the legalization of gay marriage.

Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Bob Casey (Pa.) and Bill Nelson (Fla.), Democrats who have easier races but in states that could become more competitive by November, have also backed away from Obama’s stance.

They all represent states with constitutional amendments or laws banning same-sex marriage.


Like Moderate Republican’s…Blue Dog Democrats are in trouble….

In this time of smash mouth politics….

Politician ‘s moving away  from their parties line have scant political cover from within their parties….

Illustration by Matt Wuerker/POLITICO


It’s a rough time to occupy the right wing of the Democratic Party.

“It’s a tough environment out there,” said former Alabama Rep. Bud Cramer, a longtime member of the House Blue Dog Coalition. “Their numbers are down. Redistricting has not been kind to them.”

Cramer nailed it: Redistricting is at the root of the Blue Dog problem. The once-in-a-decade line-drawing has forced some of them to compete for seats that have become even less friendly to Democrats — and those seats weren’t very friendly to begin with. Utah Rep. Jim Matheson, Georgia Rep. John Barrow and North Carolina Rep. Mike McIntyre are among those who have been thrust into deeply Republican territory after being targeted in GOP-led redistricting efforts in their home states.

All three members are regarded as strong and experienced campaigners who have figured out a way to survive on politically perilous turf. Still, 2012 will prove to be the toughest election any of them has faced. Each has drawn serious Republican opposition and they rank high atop GOP target lists. For months, the National Republican Congressional Committee has been airing TV and radio ads against the trio in an attempt to soften up their support well before the fall campaign season kicks into high gear.


The White House WILL ‘adjust’ its Contraceptive Insurance Policy Rule to help the Blue Dog Democrats….

While the President was and IS right on insisting that Catholic institutions adhere to the new ‘free’ part of the decade old requirement that ALL employee’s be offered access to these services….

The political reality is that even though the vast majority of Catholic’s USE the services…..

The Men of the Church have the Blue Dog Democrats on their side…

If you check the one’s defecting on this issue you’ll see that they almost all are in close contests in district that have a lot of GOP voters…..

The President has no choice but to try find some sort of accommodation….

He needs the Senate to remain in Democratic hands….

Administration officials called the expected announcement an “accommodation” that they said sought to demonstrate respect for religious beliefs. It will be similar to the path taken in several other states — particularly Hawaii — that have similar rules.

But administration officials also acknowledged that it would likely not mollify the Catholic bishops who have waged war against the rule or, for that matter, Congressional Republicans and candidates on the presidential campaign trail who have joined the fight. At most, the compromise could potentially help President Obama shore up support among wavering Democrats, who have also expressed doubt about the rule, along with more liberal religious organizations and charities, who oppose the rule but not as vehemently as the Catholic leadership.

Emulating Hawaii, where the rule is in effect, would mean that employees at religious institutions that do not offer free contraception in the health insurance plan can get birth control through side benefits, which the employees nominally pay for but which often end up being free.

Democrats for a Balanced Budget Bill?

These guys are running HARD…

Away from their party and common sense that is….

Countries don’t HAVE Balanced Budgets…

(No matter how popular the idea is in the polls)

It simply doesn’t really work  that way in a real world…

It’a nice campaign slogan though…

For Blue Dog Democrats…….

Instead of speaking out against balancing the budget, Obama and the Democratic leadership should embrace a centrist BBA measure, some Democrats say.Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), who introduced a proposal that gained support within the conservative Democratic Blue Dog Coalition, said he expects Republicans to use the BBA against Democrats on the campaign trail.“Well, certainly if I was [the GOP], I would use this as a way of going after Democrats,” Cuellar said in an interview with The Hill. “And this is why the more centrist Blue Dogs have come out and done this.”Cuellar is a low-ranking member of the House Democratic leadership team.

The general idea of a constitutional amendment to balance the budget is popular. A CNN/ORC International poll conducted in late July showed 74 percent of respondents favored a BBA, and 60 percent believed it was necessary to “get the federal budget under control.”

Cuellar noted that the No. 1 issue right now is the economy. But the nation’s record deficit is also high on voters’ minds.

“[The GOP could] use the balanced-budget [vote] as saying, ‘Hey, [the Democrats] don’t want to balance the budget; they voted against a balanced-budget amendment.’ And that could become an issue,” Cuellar said.

Another Democratic supporter of a BBA, Rep. Jason Altmire (Pa.), agreed that the legislation is popular, pointing out that he hears about it from voters in his district.


Some Democrats want to bring up gun control….Don’t do it……

If the Democrats are smart ….

They’ll use their common sense and walk away from this issue…

They don’t want the fight…

They can’t win…

There isn’t prayer ANY background check legislation can passing the House…

New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s investigation’s of other state’s regulations are not looked upon kindly by any state below the Mason-Dixon line where guns are a

passionate issue….

Last week Robert Gibbs indicated that President Obama would address the issue…

Monday when asked about this…

Gibbs danced and asked….’next question’…..

When asked again about the issue at end of the presser….

He left the room…….

With no answer…..

He got the memo….

……in the two years prior, when Democrats controlled the panel’s schedule, gun reform never got an official hearing, despite the 34 Americans killed each day, on average, by firearms nationwide.

The inaction hasn’t been overlooked by gun-reform advocates, who say it shouldn’t require a multi-death rampage or an assassination attempt on a national figure to spur Capitol Hill into a public-safety debate.

“Thirty-four people killed yesterday; 34 people killed today; 34 people killed tomorrow,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told MSNBC last week. “Every day, bigger than Virginia Tech — and nobody cares.”

The inaction hasn’t been for an absence of pressure. Last year, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), a member of the Judiciary panel, requested that Democratic leaders hold a hearing on the so-called gun-show loophole, a provision of federal law allowing unlicensed gun vendors to sell firearms without performing background checks on prospective buyers — a step required of licensed gun dealers.

He didn’t get it.

Instead, the committee — then chaired by Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), a vocal supporter of tougher gun laws — granted Quigley a less prominent “forum” on the issue in his Chicago district. Reps. Robert “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) joined Quigley and Conyers in attending the event.

Democratic leaders “weren’t particularly helpful” on the gun-reform issue last Congress, Quigley said in a phone interview last month. The Illinois Democrat said there is a host of gun-related issues of which Congress is unaware “because there’s not even hearings or discussion about it, where we can talk about the parameters of what’s reasonable.”

“The gun lobby has stymied debate, and it has kept members from even discussing the issue,” Quigley said. Reform, he added dryly, “is harder to do if you’re not even discussing it.”

The reason has been no mystery. With the House Blue Dog Coalition boasting more than 50 members in the 111th Congress, Democratic gun reformers — including President Obama — had little chance of passing legislation even through the Democratic-controlled lower chamber……