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March 24, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Congress is gradually moving away from its “all health care all the time” programming and is considering other topics like financial reform. However, the battle in the Senate over the reconciliation bill (H.R.4872) amending the health care bill rages on. For a second day, Republicans are exploiting an obscure rule to prevent any Senate committee hearing from being held after 2 p.m. in an attempt to somehow affect the debate over the reconciliation bill. While you wait for your Senate committee hearing to be rescheduled, check out today’s edition of Congress Links:

 

  • Part of the GOP strategy to gum up the reconciliation process is to dare Democrats to vote against politically tricky amendments. Here’s a list of the ten most ridiculous amendments offered so far. (Talking Points Memo)
  • Like David Frum, Patrick Ruffini has some sobering words for his fellow conservatives about their lost opportunities during the health care debate. (The Next Right)
  • The Washington Post profiles Rep. Artur Davis [D-AL-7] a safe Democrat who voted against health care in order to prove his conservative bona fides in his quest to become governor. (The Washington Post)
  • Senior White House health care advisor Nancy-Ann DeParle spells out what will happen immediately or at least soon under Obamacare. (WhiteHouse.gov)
  • President Obama today signed an executive order on abortion that was intrumental in getting Rep. Bart Stupak [D-MI-1] to vote for health care. (The Washington Post)

 

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Comments

  • justamick 03/25/2010 4:22am

    I think it’s childish, but at the same time Democrats should have expected to face fierce opposition to just about everything. Especially since 49% of the American populus isnt being heard in this bill. It’s an insult to all of us who didnt have our votes heard. Democrats created a purely partisan bill and now their going to pay for it.

  • justamick 03/25/2010 4:28am

    I dont know… Some of these proposed amendments make sense…

    Coburn: To repeal the new $375 million program directing the very same Federal Government that has amassed a $12 trillion debt to lecture Americans about financial responsibility.

    Especially this one ****Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) To make sure the President, Cabinet Members, all White House senior staff and Congressional Committee and Leadership staff are purchasing health insurance through the health insurance exchanges established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.****

    And this one *Coburn: To require all Members of Congress to read a bill prior to casting on a vote on the bill.*

    Sounds like good ideas to me…

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