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Alan K. Ota


Alan K. Ota covers Congressional leadership as a senior writer for CQ Roll Call. Prior to joining the leadership and legal affairs team, he covered taxes and technology, and was a Tokyo and Washington correspondent for The Oregonian.

A Washington native, Alan is a graduate of UC Berkeley and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard University. He grew up in Maryland lives in Arlington, Va.

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Stories by Alan K. Ota:

Planned Floor Action on Cordray Will Highlight Senate Impasse

May 20, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada plans to press for a vote the week of May 20 on the nomination of Richard Cordray as permanent director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in a move that is sure to divide the parties.

Toomey to Press For Bigger Debt Limit Prioritization Plan in Senate

May 10, 2013

Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, maintaining a Republican drumbeat for payment “prioritization” in case of a debt limit stalemate, plans to push for a broader version of the House-passed plan to protect holders of Treasury bonds and Social Security beneficiaries.

Gamesmanship Over Budget in Full Swing as Reid Prepares Next Move

April 22, 2013

Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and his team are preparing to turn up the pressure on Republicans over a budget conference committee aimed at reaching a broad debt deal.

For Boskin, a New Measure Is Unchained

April 19, 2013

Stanford economist Michael J. Boskin has a suggestion for President Barack Obama to pitch his chained consumer price index proposal on Capitol Hill: Keep it simple.

With Tax Effects, Chained CPI Draws Coalition of Opposition

April 19, 2013

When the Obama administration included in its fiscal 2014 budget proposal a plan that would effectively reduce Social Security benefits over the years, officials braced for a strong backlash from Democrats and other defenders of the entitlement program.

Baucus Budget Vote Casts Doubt on Democratic Plan

March 25, 2013

A defiant stand by Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus against his party’s budget blueprint has raised new questions about the Democrats’ agenda for tax overhaul and deficit reduction.

Nowhere to Hide in Senate Vote-a-Rama

March 20, 2013

The first vote-a-rama on a Senate budget resolution in four years offers each party a chance to force the other to cast politically treacherous votes, and both sides are lining up for the opportunity, which could begin as early as Friday.

House Watching for 'Poison Pills' as Senate Turns to Continuing Resolution

March 13, 2013

Republicans and Democrats in the House expect to support the Senate’s version of a fiscal 2013 continuing resolution, provided that the spending package doesn’t arrive weighed down with contentious new provisions.

Democrats Push More Aggressive Minimum Wage Plan, Use Taxes as Lure

March 7, 2013

Senate Democrats are looking for sweeteners such as small-business tax incentives they hope will attract support from Republicans and constituent groups for a plan to raise the minimum wage to a level beyond what President Barack Obama has proposed.

Senate Set to Turn Back Democratic and GOP Sequester Alternatives

Feb. 27, 2013

The Senate is expected to defeat Thursday competing Democratic and Republican alternatives to the $85.3 billion in automatic spending cuts scheduled to begin Friday.

Senate GOP Divided on Sequester Alternative

Feb. 26, 2013

A split among Senate Republicans over what to propose as a substitute for the sequester has complicated plans for Senate votes this week on competing GOP and Democratic deficit reduction proposals.

Reid Releases $110 Billion Plan to Replace Sequester With Revenue, Spending Cuts

Feb. 14, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada laid out a $110 billion plan on Thursday to replace the sequester with higher taxes on the wealthy, tax revenue from oil derived from tar sands and spending reductions in agriculture subsidies and defense.

Lawmakers Say Sequester Replacement Plan Slipping to Late March

Feb. 13, 2013

Even as they blame one another for automatic spending cuts set to take effect March 1, key lawmakers on both sides believe the best chance for a bipartisan deal to restructure the sequester will come by the end of March.

Reid Decries House Inaction on Sequester; Both Sides Look Past March 1

Feb. 12, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid criticized the House on Tuesday for not moving a sequester replacement plan as the onset of the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts nears and lawmakers say the likelihood of congressional action before the March 1 deadline diminishes.

Pelosi Asks to Drop Recess for Sequester Talks

Feb. 11, 2013

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California has urged Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio to cancel the planned district work period next week so both sides can work out a deal to avert the $85 billion automatic spending cuts under sequester.

Blue Dogs Want to Get Back Into the Hunt

Feb. 8, 2013

Blue Dog Democrats are hunting for the middle ground in the partisan fight over spending and taxes, and they are looking at centrist Republicans as potential allies. Cooper said Blue Dogs will meet with members of the GOP’s The Tuesday Group. Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo

Reid, McConnell Set Vote on Short-Term Debt Bill; Portman Amendment Tabled

Jan. 31, 2013

Senate Republicans are seeking to send messages on the debt through amendment votes Thursday on the House-passed bill that would suspend the debt limit through May 18. But their first attempt failed when the amendment was tabled.

Groups Skewer Budget-Pay Provision

Jan. 28, 2013

The “no budget, no pay” provision in the House-passed debt limit bill headed to the Senate floor this week is running into strong criticism from legal experts and government watchdog groups that contend it almost certainly violates constitutional protections aimed at shielding members of Congress from outside influence.

Tax-Writing Subcommittee Chairs Remain Empty at Senate Finance

Jan. 25, 2013

Finance Chairman Max Baucus says he’s looking for help from Majority Leader Harry Reid to assign a pair of plum subcommittee chairmanships that have remained vacant as other panel assignments have been snapped up.

Competing Measures Attempt to Hold Congressional Pay Hostage

Jan. 22, 2013

Lawmakers in both chambers have proposals to curtail congressional paychecks unless there is progress toward achieving their priorities.

Debt Limit Move Provides Budget Deal Opportunity

Jan. 21, 2013

The short-term debt limit suspension detailed Monday by House Republicans appears likely to delay one fiscal confrontation, but opinions are divided on whether it could lay the groundwork for something much bigger.

Broun Picks Up Paul's Fight Against Fed

Jan. 20, 2013

Ron Paul’s retirement from Congress doesn’t mean Federal Reserve officials can rest any easier.

GOP Centrists Eye Central Role in a Divided House

Jan. 17, 2013

Moderate Republicans are looking for ways to play a decisive role in ad hoc coalitions on divisive fiscal issues in the 113th Congress and devising survival strategies with constituent group allies for the coming 2014 elections.

Cornyn, Conservatives Say Partial Government Shutdown Possible in Debt Standoff

Jan. 4, 2013

Conservative GOP leaders in both chambers are brandishing the threat of a potential partial government shutdown to force deep spending cuts in a new round of negotiations on the debt limit and other major budget questions coming up in Congress.

For Tax Measures, Deadlines Extend Beyond Midnight

Dec. 31, 2012

Although fiscal cliff clocks in Washington were counting down on Monday toward midnight, the tax provisions hanging in the balance face a series of deadlines over the next few days.

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