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March 30, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Congress may be in recess, but that doesn't mean there isn't anything interesting to read about politics. For your afternoon political fix, check out today's edition of Congress Links.

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March 25, 2010 - by Eric Naing

This could be it for health care. The Senate this morning voted 56-43 to pass the reconciliation fix to the health care bill (H.R.4872). Because of a minor adjustment made to the bill, it will now go back to the House for one more vote which is expected later tonight. After that, the messy, wonky, year-long journey health care has taken through Congress will basically be at an end. With health care wrapping up, stay tuned to OpenCongress for financial reform, immigration reform and probably more on health care reform. Also stay tuned for today's edition of Congress Links.

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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.

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March 23, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Even though the war over health care is virtually over, one final battle in the Senate has just begun. After the Senate health care bill (H.R.3590) was signed into law, the Senate today started consideration on the reconciliation fix (H.R.4872) to the bill. For more on the ongoing health care debate and some other odds and ends you might have missed, check out today's edition of Congress Links.

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March 22, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Legislating doesn't get much more exciting than this. In the House, 219 Democrats banded together and over the unanimous objection of House Republicans, cast a historic vote Sunday night to enact the most sweeping health care legislation in decades. But the drama isn't over yet. President Obama is expected to sign the Senate health care bill (H.R.3590) into law tomorrow morning and Senate Democrats are hoping to pass a package of changes (H.R.4872) to the bill this week through budget reconciliation. For more on what the health care reform will mean to you and to Washington, check out today's web roundup.

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March 18, 2010 - by Eric Naing

The clock is officially ticking. Now that the Congressional Budget Office has scored the revised health care bill and that language has been posted online, a 72-hour countdown has begun until House Democrats will vote on the bill. All signs point to that vote being held sometime on Sunday at the earliest. And now that the president has delayed his Asia trip till the summer, Obama, Pelosi, labor and other liberal interest groups will all be working throughout the weekend to get House Democrats to vote for the bill. As always, here's today's roundup of articles and blog posts of note.

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March 17, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Health care continues to make this week a real roller coaster. Everyone right now is waiting in anticipation for the Congressional Budget Office's score of the reconciliation bill – which some expected two days ago. And while there used to be talk of a House vote on Friday or Saturday, that timeline is slowing shifting to late Saturday or Sunday. Until then, here's our web roundup to tide you over.

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March 16, 2010 - by Eric Naing

The intensity from both sides over health care has really ramped up since yesterday. Expect things to get increasinly brutal as the week goes on – and it's only Tuesday. And where's that CBO score? Anyway, here's today's look at a few articles and blog posts of note:

  • The New Republic's Byron Tau wants to know why the political press has such a hard time accurately explaining what really happens under “deem and pass.” (The New Republic)
  • Ezra Klein answers: “Deem and pass,” while legitimate, is still needlessly convoluted. (The Washington Post)
  • The Wonk Room has an excellent rundown of the differences between Sen. Chris Dodd's [D, CT] financial reform bill and comparable proposals from the House and the White House. (The Wonk Room)
  • Roll Call has an interesting look at KSA Consulting, a lobbying firm with close ties to the late John Murtha. After Murtha's death, KSA appears to have shut down. (Roll Call)
  • How did Kesha Rogers, a devotee of extremist Lyndon LaRouche, win a Democratic primary for TX-22? Elise Hu of the Texas Tribune explains. (The Texas Tribune)
  • The Hill's Jeffrey Young reports that Rep. Dennis Kucinich [D, OH-10], a previous “no” vote on health care, will hold a press conference tomorrow at 10 am to announce how he will vote on the Senate health care bill. (Twitter)

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March 15, 2010 - by Eric Naing

With a House vote on the Senate health care bill (H.R.3590) expected by Friday or Saturday, much of this week will be consumed by whipping up votes. Despite media reports of liberal dissent, it's surprising how quickly Democratic leaders and many of the pillars of the Democratic coalition have lined up to get this bill passed. Here's more on those efforts and a few other articles and blog posts of note today.

  • Nancy Pelosi [D, CA-8] and Harry Reid [D, NV] are simultaneously plotting a path to a vote and whipping their members in support of the bill. (Roll Call)
  • President Obama has begun the process of personally summoning potential “no” votes to one-on-one meetings to try and convince them to vote “yes.” (The Plum Line)
  • Liberal grassroots organization MoveOn.org is raising money to run this heavy-handed ad urging lawmakers to be "on the right side of history" and vote for the bill. (Time)
  • Andy Stern, president of the powerful Service Employees International Union, is threatening to run primary campaigns against Democrats who vote to sink the bill. (The New York Times)
  • Of course, business leaders are also launching a multi-million dollar ad campaign to try and sink the bill. (Talking Points Memo)
  • A Republican operative pens a very personal essay explaining why he wants to see the Democratic health care plan become law. (FrumForum)
  • Former House Republican and current Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood pens an op-ed explaining why he wants to see the health care plan pass. (The Chicago Tribune)

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March 11, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Here is today's roundup of a few articles and blog posts from around the web that you should take a look at.

  • Leading Democrats in the White House and Congress are starting to agree on what will be in the final health care package. (The Associated Press)
  • But some Senate liberals don't like the fact that they are being asked to vote against several popular measures, like a public option, for now. (Roll Call)
  • As the health care debate starts to focus on the Senate, the Senate parliamentarian will become more and more prominent. Here is another good profile of the current parliamentarian Alan Frumin and the role he plays. (Newsweek)
  • Republicans have been warning Democrats that they'll face the wrath of voters this fall if health care passes, but recent polling shows that the public's disapproval of the issue has started to turn in recent days. (National Journal)
  • Jonathan Chait further argues that Democrats should simply ignore “advice” given to them by the GOP on health care. (The New Republic)
  • A number of high-profile scandals have thrust the House ethics committee into the spotlight. ProPublica provides some history on the committee and explains how it does what it does. (ProPublica)
  • Harry Reid's [D, NV] poll numbers indicate that he very well could be voted out of office this fall. Sen. Dick Durbin [D, IL] and Sen. Chuck Schumer [D, NY] are already jockeying to replace him as the next Senate majority leader should that happen. (Time)

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March 10, 2010 - by Eric Naing

While you wait for the Congressional Budget Office to score the revised health care plan, take a took at today's roundup of interesting blog posts and articles:

  • The left is starting to turn on liberal stalwart Rep. Dennis Kucinich [D, OH-10] over his opposition to the Democratic health care reform package. Kucinich, who doesn't believe the reform plan goes far enough, has promised to vote against it even if he is the deciding vote in the House. (Salon)
  • This surprisingly gripping account of a failed bid to develop tankers for the Air Force explains a lot about how Washington works. (Politico)
  • In a meeting with reporters today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid [D, NV] promised to look at ways to reform the filibuster next year. Reid had previously opposed such reforms saying that 67 votes in the Senate were needed. (Ezra Klein)
  • Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius continues to go after the health insurance industry. (The Washington Independent)
  • The tale of former Rep. Eric Massa [D, NY-29] grows even more sordid. (The Atlantic)
  • The Onion highlights a few overlooked alternative health care proposals floating around Congress. (The Onion)

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March 9, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Here are a few articles and blog posts from today that you probably should check out:

  • Our colleague Paul Blumenthal at the Sunlight Foundation explains how energy industry donations tie into Sen. Blanche Lincoln's [D, AR] opposition to Environmental Protection Agency regulations of greenhouse gases. (The Sunlight Foundation)
  • Disgraced and outgoing Rep. Eric Massa [D, NY-29] was embraced by some conservatives for opposing President Obama's health care reform bill. The Weekly Standard warns that this will have consequences when the full details of Massa's actions comes to light. (The Weekly Standard)

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March 8, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Here's is today's look at a few articles and blog posts of note from around the web:

  • A New York Times op-ed features a chart debunking the claim that budget reconciliation is an “arcane” procedure that has never been used “to adopt major, substantive policy change.” (The New York Times)
  • When California-based health insurer Anthem Blue Cross raised premiums by up to 39 percent, Democrats pounced. The Los Angeles Times explains how the premium hikes may have helped a derailed health care bill get back on track. (The Los Angeles Times)

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March 4, 2010 - by Eric Naing

As more and more keeps happening with health care, it gets harder to keep track of everything else that's happening with Congress. To help you keep informed on both fronts, here's today's look at some articles and blog posts of note:

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March 3, 2010 - by Eric Naing

The Senate Democrats made some more progress on their jobs agenda by passing a short-term UI extension and President Obama looks like he's preparing his party for a health care endgame. Expect much more drama from both issues this month. But for now, check out today's roundup of worthwhile blog posts and articles from around the web:

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