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Sine Die

11:38 pm Dec. 24, 2009

The first session of the 111th Congress is now over, as the House and Senate have adjourned sine die for the year.  The House will return the week of January 11 – the Senate is back the week after that. So, I’m going to take a little time to pay …

Health Bill Rumblings

9:51 pm Dec. 23, 2009

The votes weren’t even finished yet in the U.S. Senate, and already a lot of Democrats were making noise about what should or should not be in a final health care reform bill in Congress. “The Senate health care bill is not worthy of the historic vote that the House …

The Senate Bill

9:50 pm Dec. 23, 2009

As the Senate gets ready to finish work on its version of health care reform, we may as well take some time review what is in this bill, since the debate has unfortunately glossed over much of the fine print in this over 2,000 page measure. * Like the House …

Another CBO Missive

9:49 pm Dec. 23, 2009

A letter from the Congressional Budget Office to Republican Senators on Wednesday raised fresh questions about whether the health bill from Democrats will really reduce the federal deficit as advertised. The explanation is a bit difficult, and we struggled up in the Press Gallery yesterday to get our heads around …

Health Bill Success

9:49 pm Dec. 23, 2009

It’s a big day for Democrats in the Senate, especially their leader Sen. Harry Reid, as they get to celebrate Christmas Eve approval of major health care legislation, after a long and somewhat tortuous fight. Reid took a lot of flak along the way for how he handled the bill, …

Blue Dog To GOP

9:12 pm Dec. 22, 2009

If there weren’t enough alarm bells going off for Democrats about more moderate members of their party in the Congress, Tuesday brought the news that a Democratic member of the U.S. House was switching to the Republican Party. Already, four Blue Dogs had decided not to run for re-election.  Griffith …

The Stretch Run

9:11 pm Dec. 22, 2009

The end is in sight for Democrats in the U.S. Senate on health care legislation, as Senate leaders set a vote on the Democratic health bill for 8 am EST on Christmas Eve, which will allow Senators to zip home for the holidays soon after. As some of my colleagues …

Health Rules Changes

9:10 pm Dec. 22, 2009

The lines were buzzing on talk radio the last two days about a provision in the Senate health care bill that would not allow a future Congress to repeal or amend part of a new health care law and would change the rules of the House and Senate along the …

More Senate Votes

8:44 pm Dec. 21, 2009

The Senate won’t be burning the midnight oil, but Senators will be in the Capitol early on this Tuesday, moving to the next round of votes as Democrats move closer to approval a health care bill. After a cloture vote at 1 am on Monday, this time the votes begin …

Health Care Process

8:43 pm Dec. 21, 2009

As the health care debate comes to a close this week in the Senate, it shouldn’t really be a surprise that it has been more of a political exercise than a legislative one.  But it would have been nice to see a real debate. What I mean by a “real” …