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Affordable Health Choices Act

June 9, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

A draft version of Ted Kennedy's landmark health care reform bill was released today by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Mark-ups of the bill will officially begin next week, but many of the most controversial issues are still unresolved.

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Attn: Health Care Buffs

June 5, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

The Hill has obtained a discussion draft of the first section of Sen. Edward Kennedy's [D, MA] big health care bill that the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee is planning to begin work on this month. Download the 167-page .pdf here....

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Hot Bills This Week on OpenCongress

June 5, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Behind the fairly long shadow cast by growing interest around immigration and continued interest in firearms legislation, here are a handful of bills that have been heating up this week for voters and viewers on OpenCongress. This analysis is based on information from the OpenCongress Battle Royale, which gives an overhead view of what bills, senators, representatives and issues are popular in Congress.

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Reforming Health Care in the Budget

March 26, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

I linked to a piece earlier this week by Ezra Klein explaining the budget reconciliation approach to pushing contentious legislation through the Senate. Well, yesterday Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) left open the option of passing health care reform legislation with the reconciliation process:

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If you're following the debate over health care reform or climate change, Ezra Klein's piece on the budget reconciliation process is a must read. I know, it sounds dull, but it is probably the Democrats' best chance of passing health care or climate change bills this session, so you ought to get to know it. The basic idea is that there exists a process for allowing an up-or-down vote - 51 votes, not the 60 we are used to - on legislative proposals by attaching them to the annual budget. Sen. ...

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Multitasking

January 29, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Today President Obama signed his first bill into law, broke a campaign promise on transparency and put on a good show all at the same time: ...

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