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Defense Budget Earmarks

5:45 am Jul. 30, 2009

The U.S. House is set to vote on a $636 billion defense spending measure today that is chock full of almost 1,100 earmarks, which spend about $2.7 billion in all.  If you can’t access the list, then you can find it at http://bit.ly/iFhBp One item in here that was found by …

Back From The Brink

11:16 pm Jul. 29, 2009

Just when it looked like things might really go off the road and into a Legislative Ditch, Democrats cut a deal with the moderate Blue Dogs to keep health care reform going in the House. President Obama went out of his way to thank “some” Blue Dogs for helping in …

What’s Next

11:14 pm Jul. 29, 2009

The deal between Blue Dogs and House Democratic Leaders is but one step in a very tricky dance that may or may not lead to approval of health care reform legislation in Congress. If Democrats can hold their members in line, then the next move is up to the House …

The Blue Dog Deal

11:12 pm Jul. 29, 2009

Okay, so by now you’ve heard that Democratic Blue Dogs cut a deal with their party leaders on a health care reform bill.  But what would the changes do? One provision addresses the point at which businesses would be exempted from rules that would require them to provide health insurance …

Let’s Make A Deal

11:10 pm Jul. 29, 2009

Democrats took a somewhat rocky first step to get a health care reform bill back on track in the House, as their party leaders struck a deal with more moderate Blue Dog Democrats. But as soon as details of their deal filtered out, it drew sharp opposition from more liberal …

More Health Care Details

9:46 pm Jul. 28, 2009

Everytime I think that I have just about squeezed everything I can from the Democrats’ health care bill, I find a few more things to mull over. One thing that is clear from the fine print of this bill is that the Democratic plan looks to find ways to pare …

Health Care Setback

9:13 pm Jul. 28, 2009

It’s all but official at this point.  The U.S. House will not be voting on a health care bill until after lawmakers return to work in September. Democratic leaders haven’t admitted that in public, still talking about possibly voting this weekend, but that’s the longest of long shots. While Blue Dog …

Health Care and Seniors

8:59 pm Jul. 28, 2009

About the time of President Obama’s town hall meeting on Tuesday sponsored by the AARP, I got a couple of emails about whether the Democratic plan is “better” for seniors or not. While I will leave that judgment to the politicians, it’s clear that both parties are already involved in …

What About A GOP Plan

8:54 pm Jul. 28, 2009

As Democrats struggle to forge a deal on health care legislation in Congress, there are a lot of lawmakers pointing the finger back at Republicans, asking where is the GOP plan on health reform? “We continue to work on our bill,” said House GOP Leader John Boehner earlier this week, adding …

Democrats On The Rivet

4:35 pm Jul. 27, 2009

Democratic leaders in Congress are doing their best to keep health care reform on track, but even their public statements are starting to show that a vote this week in the House is a long shot. On Monday, with no signs of any deal among Democrats, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and …