The assault weapons ban is officially out of the official bill to be introduced on the floor (it can be presented as an amendment, but it will likely fail). The New York Daily News puts it on its cover with an all caps, “SHAME ON U.S.” framed by thumbnail pictures and the names of the children killed at Newtown.
USA Today: “Congress is on track to approve competing party-line budget blueprints as well as legislation to fund the government and prevent a shutdown March 27, but newfound fiscal momentum on Capitol Hill is a temporary reprieve from the budget battles that will renew this year. The Republican-controlled House and the Democratic-controlled Senate will approve respective ten-year budget plans with vastly different views on spending, taxes and entitlement programs before adjourning for a two-week spring recess.”
The House begins debating Ryan’s budget today.
“Meat, machismo and Moran all collided in the Senate on Tuesday, stalling action on a stopgap spending bill and threatening to push the long-awaited budget debate into the holiday recess beginning this weekend,” David Rogers writes. “The House, while free to plow ahead with its own budget votes Wednesday, is not entirely immune since it can’t go home without also acting on the stalled stopgap measure — required to avert a shutdown March 27.”
“If hiking the debt ceiling seemed difficult in 2011, it’s even trickier in 2013,” Politico writes. “They might have appeared to stand down from the last clash over the debt ceiling in January. But don’t be fooled: House Republicans are still planning to push for steep spending cuts or budgetary reforms alongside legislation to allow more borrowing.”
“Senator Elizabeth Warren plans to start shopping a book proposal to publishers, seeking to enhance her national political stature while promoting what she considers the cause of her public and legal career: protecting the middle class from abusive financial practices,” the Boston Globe writes. “The book’s working title is ‘Rigged,’ Warren said in an interview, and she expects it to offer a first-hand account of her battles in Washington to rein in the sorts of predatory lending and Wall Street excess that victimized everyday Americans.”
National Journal looks at what happened to Michele Bachmann. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) surmises that she’s been quiet because she had a tough reelection and is trying to rebuild her political war chest.