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Once Upon a Time, Democrats Had a Health Care Deal

January 30, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Just in case any health care reform proponents aren't sufficiently agonized... [Sen. Tom Harkin] said “we had an agreement, with the House, the White House and the Senate. We sent it to [the Congressional Budget Office] to get scored and then Tuesday happened and we didn’t get it back.” He said negotiators had an agreement in hand on Friday, Jan. 15. Harkin made clear that negotiators had reached a final deal on the entire bill, not just the excise plans, which had been reported the previou...

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Immigration Reform Prospects Look Bleak

January 29, 2010 - by Eric Naing

The Scott Brown-pocalypse continues. The future of comprehensive immigration reform, one-time a hot issue, is in doubt now that Senate Democrats have lost their supermajority.

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Congress Links

January 27, 2010 - by Eric Naing

State of the Union Day is finally here. As the president sets the agenda for the coming year, many issues from climate change legislation to “don't ask, don't tell” could be affected, but none moreso than healthcare:

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A Closer Look At The Senate's Jobs Plan

January 27, 2010 - by Eric Naing

The omnipresent refrain in Washington for the past few months has been “jobs, jobs, jobs.” Possibly terrified of the wrath of the unemployed voter, Senate Democrats are now making progress in crafting a jobs bill.

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The Week Ahead in Congress

January 24, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Still no path forward for health care reform. House Democrats have a light legislative schedule this week, and they will hear Obama's State of the Union address on Wednesday. The Senate's going to be voting on a slate of controversial deficit amendments and on confirming Fed Chief Ben Bernanke to another term.

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The Week In Review

January 22, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Despite being one day shorter than usual, this week felt like non-stop parade of big news – almost all of it bad for the Democrats. Click through for a point-by-point rundown of what's happened over the past week and how it effects the biggest issues in Congress going forward.

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Congress Links -- SCOTUS And More Edition

January 21, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Today was a busy day in the Washington, D.C. with subjects such as health care to the Supreme Court grabbing headlines. Here's a look at some worthwhile articles and blog posts you might have missed: As Donny Shaw pointed out earlier, House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D, CA-8] says she does not have enough votes in the House to pass the Senate health care bill. It wouldn't be surprising to see conservative and moderate House Democrats abandon the bill, but liberals too? Speaking for a dozen Ho...

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What's Next For Climate Change?

January 21, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Scott Brown's upset victory in Massachusetts has rocked health care reform but the other big-ticket item on the Democratic agenda, comprehensive climate change legislation, has also been dealt a body blow.

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Bernie Sanders on Brown Win: It's the Economy...

January 20, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

The shocking Massachusetts Senate election has everyone talking about health care. But not Sen. Bernie Sanders [I, VT]. He thinks the Massachusetts voters were reacting to the state of the economy, not the health care bill.

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Congress Links -- The Day After Edition

January 20, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Democrats are reeling after Martha Coakley's defeat to Scott Brown in Massachusetts. Health care reform is obviously affected, but it's far from the only issue on the minds of lawmakers today: The Democratic party has a new talking point for the post-Massachusetts political era: “It is mathematically impossible for Democrats to pass legislation on our own.” Technically, this is correct. There will only be 59 Senate Democrats soon – not enough to break a filibuster that is increasingly being ap...

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Scott Brown and Climate Change

January 20, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Republican Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts is going to affect more than just health care. Climate change legislation is also likely to die now that the Republicans have the votes to filibuster just about anything the Democrats want to do.

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Webb: Stop Health Care Reform... For Now

January 20, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Another influential Democrat seems to be distancing himself from health care reform. Sen. Jim Webb [D, VA] wants to put the breaks on any plan to quickly pass the health care bill before Scott Brown is sworn in.

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Weiner: Health Care 'Dead' if Brown Wins

January 19, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Rep. Anthony Weiner [D, NY-9], one of the House's most progressive advocates of health care reform, today said that the bill may be "dead" if Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown wins today in Massachusetts. "I think you can make a pretty good argument that health care might be dead," Weiner said on MSNBC. "I think it's going to be very hard to ask us in the House to take the Senate bill when everyone acknowledges it was a worse bill. Everyone said the only reason we were passing the Sena...

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Moving Forward With Health Care Reform

January 17, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Tuesdays's special Senate election in Massachusetts will certainly be viewed as a referendum on Congress' health care bill. But even if the Republican candidate wins and the Democrats no longer hold a 60-vote supermajority in the Senate, there will still be at least two realistic options for the health care bill to make it through Congress and be signed into law.

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