Bad News, Good News
Bad news: from tonight's HuffPost Hill:
DAILY DELANEY DOWNER - House Speaker John Boehner says he hasn't read the letter from Barbara Lee and Bobby Scott, who have offered to try and find $16 billion in budget cuts to fund 14 weeks of unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed. "As Speaker Boehner walked to the House floor I asked him if he had seen the letter Reps. Lee and Bobby Scott sent to him on Wednesday, March 9th," reports Lauren Burke. "He said he had not seen the letter yet. When I asked him if there was any possibility he'd meet with Lee and Scott he simply repeated he hadn't seen the letter and walked on to the House floor for votes." [Crew of 42]
Good news: from the same article on Crew of 42:
"Yesterday afternoon, as House Republicans voted to end foreclosure assistance, I spoke with Rep. Barbara Lee on the status of her unemployment insurance extension bill, H.R. 589. 'We're looking for the money, we're working with the White House and we're trying to identify the 'payfors',' Lee said. She added, 'Under the PAYGO rules, there is a provision to allow you to designate something as an 'economic emergency,' which would allow you to do something without finding the payfor"
We've seen statements from people like Christina Romer, Austan Goolsbee and Valerie Jarrett on the need to do something, but this may be the first instance in which we've seen someone say that they're working with the White House.
There is one concern, though - when the GOP took control of the House, they scrapped the PAYGO rule and replaced it with a CUTGO rule.