House Speaker John Boehner sounded downright pessimistic on his party’s odds in New York during a Fox News interview earlier today, The Hill reports.
“I believe that we will, but we’ve got a real challenge,” Mr. Boehner said when asked about Republican chances of holding onto their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. “I would say that there is a 2-in-3 chance that we win control of the House again but there’s a 1-in-3 chance that we could lose.”
Congressional Republican leaders are taking a lot of heat for their their rejection of the payroll tax cut extension passed by the Senate, but one person is encouraging Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to stick to their guns–Queens Congressman Bob Turner. In a letter to Speaker Boehner and Congressman Cantor today, Congressman Turner told them to keep fighting the good fight. “I am writing you today to ask you to continue fighting for the one year extension of the payroll tax holiday, and to convince the Senate that doing the hard work necessary to come to an agreement on a bill that will help our citizens long term, is much more important than a vacation,” Congressman Turner wrote.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand gets more Wall Street donations than anyone else in Congress.
Mayor Bloomberg described the failure of the supercommittee as “a disaster for the country.”
Westchester businessman Daniel Rubino is considering running for Senator Gillibrand’s seat in 2012.
Senator Chuck Schumer told the Observer today that Speaker of the House John Boehner has “frustrated” President Obama by not compromising more in debt talks, but he thinks the situation will help the President’s chances of reelection.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said Occupy Wall Street is following his lead on the “Millionaire’s Tax.”
The FBI was watching former Queens Congresswoman and
Republican Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro.
Democratic State Senator Adriano Espaillat organized a march in Washington Heights in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.
MF Global, a hedge fund brokerage headed by former New Jersey Governor and Senator Jon Corzine, filed for bankruptcy Monday. The New York Times is calling the firm’s collapse “the first American financial casualty of the European debt crisis.”
Members of a bipartisan “supercommittee” formed to address the national debt can’t seem to agree on a plan and it doesn’t look like they will any time soon.
debt ceiling debate
Add Long Island Congressman Peter King to the list of Republicans who support the agreement hashed out by President Obama and Congressional leaders to raise the federal debt ceiling.
In a statement sent to The Politicker last yesterday evening, after House Speaker John Boehner had laid out the details of the budget bill, he had high praise for the both the deal and the embattled Boehner.
debt ceiling debate
Senator Chuck Schumer delivered a fiery speech on the floor of the Capitol today, one in which he derided House Speaker John Boehner’s efforts to pass deficit cutting plan that had no hope of passing the Senate.
And Schumer stretched a zoological metaphor about as far as it could go.
Representative Jerry Nadler thinks there’s a “high likelihood” of a complete breakdown in negotiations between House Republicans and the president over the debt ceiling, and he thinks the Democrats’ best option at this point is to push the president to solve the problem unilaterally, since Speaker John Boehner is still trying to rustle the votes for a debt ceiling deal that the president and Senate have already declared a non-starter.
“I really think there’s a very high likelihood of a total impasse here, which would be catastrophic,” Nadler told me this morning. “And so we have to push the 14th Amendment, and make room for the 14th Amendment.”
Senator Chuck Schumer cheered President Obama’s prime-time address to the American people tonight, in which the president said a group of House Republicans was unwilling to accept a compromise debt ceiling deal that would raise some revenues.
“The President placed the blame for this deadlock where it belongs—squarely on the shoulders of an extreme bloc within the House Republicans that refuses to compromise even one inch,” Schumer said in a statement emailed shortly after the speech. “As the President made clear, their approach will drive the U.S. economy over a cliff, and take millions of American families’ budgets with it.”