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Washington's Biggest Failures in 2013

Dec 3, 2013

Washington lawmakers are scheduled to bolt out of town later this month for their annual monthlong winter recess, marking the end of another year of missed opportunities.

Congress and the administration failed to bring closure to several pieces of business that would spark economic growth and job creation, while alleviating growing uncertainty in the business community. Here are Washington’s top five biggest failures in 2013, in no particular order:

7 Tweets You Won't Want to Miss

Nov 6, 2013

Whether watching Tuesday's election stats or today's IPO, you've probably hit refresh on your Twitter feed countless times in the past couple days. The 140 character chatter venue has come a long way since 2006. Just look at the numbers: 230+ million monthly active users and 500 million Tweets sent per day! The speed and volume of information distributed via Twitter can seem overwhelming.

Washington Must Rise to the Occasion

Oct 15, 2013

Many of our nation’s challenges are not being met, and many opportunities aren’t being seized, because our leaders are talking past one another. You’d think that the stakes of our ongoing budget and fiscal fights, for example, might inspire cooperation. Our economy hangs in the balance, and the full faith and credit of the United States is at risk. Yet our lawmakers can’t seem to come to the table or negotiate in good faith, let alone achieve lasting solutions. The best we’ve come to hope for these days are Band-Aid fixes that kick the can down the road.

Tapped Out: Government Shuts Down Your Happy Hour Plans

Oct 11, 2013

It’s Friday and 5:00 is just on the horizon, but your libation options may be limited as a result of the government shutdown. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), responsible for issuing permits for breweries, wineries, and distilleries, has closed up shop until Congress and the White House find a way forward.

VIDEO: Entitlement Reform is Key to Reducing Government Debt

Sep 26, 2013

Grover Hermann Budgetary Affairs Fellow Romina Boccia of the Heritage Foundation sat down with Fox Business’ Gerri Willis to discuss the upcoming debt ceiling showdown.  

Emergency steps to keep the government from hitting the debt ceiling will run out on Oct. 17, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said on Wednesday. Congress must raise the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling or face “catastrophic results,” Lew warned.

But while the White House and congressional Democrats say they won’t negotiate on the debt ceiling, there is room to cut, Boccia says at the 2.52 minute mark.

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