In order to pass a 2016 budget, Republican leaders have turned to a rarely used rule that would allow lawmakers to vote on multiple proposals, hoping to appease conservatives and the so-called “hawks.” According to GOP leadership, the goal was to pass a budget in the first 100 days of the new Congress, and they are confident that they will do so.

The heat is on as key Republicans help President Obama and Wall Street execs push TPA Fast Track for quick passage of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreements.

Representatives Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) are ignoring the groundswell of feelings against new bans on ammunition, even as the head of ATF resigns.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has once again disregarded the conservative arm of the Republican Party and will forge ahead with two items that will increase the federal budget deficit. Boehner intends to drive a defense spending increase and the so-called “doc fix” through the United States House of Representatives over the next week.

Republicans in Congress have released their first budget outline since the GOP took control of Congress in November. The Republican blueprint calls for a number of ambitious moves, including significant changes to Medicare and increases in defense spending, and reiterates the GOP call for a complete repeal of ObamaCare.

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