fiscal cliff en Shutdown over, Cicilline gets down to what Congress does best <p>There is one element of the U.S. Congress that &nbsp;government shutdowns, fiscal Thelma and Louise threats, and the endless disputes over Obamacare never seem to touch: the relentless search for campaign money by senators and representatives.</p><p>The latest Rhode Island example is 1<sup>st</sup> District Democratic Congressman David Cicilline. The ink was barely dry on the eleventh-hour deal that delayed the shutdown craziness for 90 days or so when Cicilline was on the Internet, begging for campaign money.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 18:51:49 +0000 Scott MacKay 23371 at Sen. Whitehouse: spare Medicare, reform the system <p></p><p>Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) published an op-ed on Politico Tuesday urging President Obama not to agree to any Medicare cuts in the fiscal cliff negotiations. The reason: reforming the health care system, including the way we deliver and pay for health care, will add up to all the savings we need.</p><p>Whitehouse <a href="">writes</a>:</p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 19:40:11 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 7129 at Sen. Whitehouse: spare Medicare, reform the system Langevin thinks Congress will avoid hurtling over the fiscal cliff <p>Congressman<a href=""> Jim Langevin </a>doesn’t&nbsp;think Washinton’s prevailing hyper-partisanship&nbsp;will keep Congress from reaching a deal to avoid budget sequestration.</p><p>During a taping of RIPR’s Political Roundtable (set to air Friday at 5:40 and 7:40 am), Langevin predicts that President Obama will win re-election. He went on to say.</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 06:10:11 +0000 Ian Donnis 8650 at