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Trashing the Team You Want to Lead


By John Feehery

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So, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul voted against the Republican budget in the Senate.

The more I think about it, the more it infuriates me.

How can you lead a team that you don’t want anything to do with? (more…)

As Budget Passes, Reid Departs


By John Feehery

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Perhaps it was the voter-rama that did it?

Was it just a coincidence that shortly after the Senate completed work on its budget for the year that Senator Harry Reid announced that he was hanging up his spurs?

Maybe. (more…)

SGR Down. Corporate Tax Reform Next?


By John Feehery

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(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank)

If Congress can solve a problem like Medicare’s “doc fix,” lawmakers should be able to address a corporate tax rate that kills economic growth and moves jobs overseas.

Medicare’s “Sustainable Growth Rate” mechanism was part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. The idea was to tie the set rate at which Medicare doctors are compensated to economic growth. But health-care costs grew faster than the economy, and to avoid a physician exodus that could threaten the program, every year Congress would pass a temporary “doc fix” adding to the amount paid to the doctors.

Fixing the SGR gives peace of mind to doctors that they can continue to participate in Medicare. It’s good policy and good politics. (more…)

Dick Cheney: Man of the House


By John Feehery

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Dick Cheney’s speech at the NRCC Congressional dinner brought back all kinds of memories for me.

I interviewed to work on Mr. Cheney’s Presidential campaign in 1994.   It was Dave Addington who did the interview, but it was Dave Gribbin, Cheney’s long-time advisor, who helped to arrange it for me.

Gribbin was one of the wisest of wise men that I ever knew.  He had worked for Cheney for years but when I first met him, he was Dan Coats’s Chief of Staff.   Coats was looking for a speechwriter, and I wrote speeches for Bob Michel.

Gribbin thought it would have been a perfect match, but Senator Coats felt more comfortable going with somebody older and perhaps a more evangelical. (more…)

Can Ted Cruz Win? (Probably Not)


By John Feehery

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(This originally appeared in The Hill.)

I was listening to Rush Limbaugh when I heard the advertisement.

The voice blaring over the radio belonged to the junior senator from Texas, and he was calling for the Congress to defund ObamaCare. He was also urging listeners to donate to the Senate Conservatives Fund, an organization that’s spent millions of dollars attacking fellow Republicans for being what it deems insufficiently conservative.

Ted Cruz, having burned his bridges in the Senate, now thinks his destiny lies in a race for the White House. Perhaps it does, but his assault on almost every one of his fellow Republicans during his brief tenure in the upper chamber, while not completely unprecedented, is certainly a creative way to get the nomination. (more…)


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