The Hill: Both sides edging toward deal in deficit-reduction negotiations
By Alexander Bolton
Congressional Republicans and the White House on Tuesday appeared to edge closer to a deficit-reduction deal that would raise new taxes on the wealthy but also reform entitlement programs.
The Hill: Obama ‘confident’ debt deal will come together
By Amie Parnes
President Obama said Tuesday he was “confident” that Republicans would ultimately back legislation that would extend tax cuts to the middle class and raise taxes on the top earners as part of a deal on the so-called “fiscal cliff.”
By Travis Waldron on Sep 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm
Yesterday, ThinkProgress published a report detailing Republican Congressional leadership’s opposition to infrastructure investments even as structural deficiencies in bridges and roadways persist in their home states. Among those is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, where 34 percent of bridges are considered structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
The Sherman Minton Bridge, one of three major bridges spanning the Ohio River between Louisville, KY and southern Indiana, was among the Kentucky bridges listed as deficient. And last night, the Sherman Minton Bridge was closed after further deficiencies, including cracks, were found in a load-bearing part of its structure. The Louisville Courier-Journal reports:
The Sherman Minton Bridge was closed late Friday afternoon and will remain shut down indefinitely after officials discovered cracks in the span.
Will Wingfield, a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation, said officials “do not have an estimate” on how long it will take to repair and reopen the bridge, which carries Interstate 64 traffic across the Ohio River.
“House Speaker John Boehner made a direct request to President Obama, asking that further fiscal
cliff curb negotiations be limited to just the two of them, and his wish has been granted. Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi won’t be in the room as Boehner and Obama work out their deal.” [Daily KOS]
Now he will be doing the same, but from outside the Senate – from a perch free of seniority rules, powerful
leadership structures and procedural quirks.
DeMint announced Thursday that he will be leaving the Senate in January to head the Heritage Foundation think tank, becoming what one senior Republican describes as the “CEO of the conservative movement.” DeMint leaves behind a mixed record of success in bolstering the ranks of Tea Party-minded senators, but his legacy of influencing the direction of the GOP is likely far from over.
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