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President Obama is asking Republicans what ideas they have to reform health care, but as Ezra Klein points out, many of their ideas are already in the existing Senate health care bill (H.R.3590).

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The Negotiations Will be Televised

February 7, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

C-SPAN called out Obama last month for not televising health care negotiations like he said he would do while on the campaign trail. Well, since he's starting over on negotiating health care, Obama has decided to let the C-SPAN cameras in on the next round of talks:

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Congress Links

February 4, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Congress is clearing out ahead of an expected snow storm today but lawmakers did manage to accomplish a few things before skipping town. Here are a few articles and blog posts on note from today:

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About that Health Care Antitrust Bill…

February 4, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

With health care reform stalled, Nancy Pelosi is starting "Plan B" next week by bringing a series of smaller, stand-alone health care-related bills to the floor for votes. She's hoping that passing these smaller bills will help build back some momentum towards passing the comprehensive health care reform bill in the near future.

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Congress Links

February 3, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Here is Wednesday's look at some articles and blog posts of interest: General Electric and Comcast are throwing money at key lawmakers on panels that will hold hearings on the companies' upcoming merger. Congressmen who have received donations from the companies include Rep. Rick Boucher [D, VA-9], Sen. Charles Schumer [D, NY], Sen. Orrin Hatch [R, UT], Rep. Terry Lee [R, NE-2], Rep. Charlie Melancon [D, LA-3] and Rep. Cliff Stearns [R. FL-6] (The Hill) In 2006, Sen. John McCain [R, AZ] sai...

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If Senate Democrats can round up 50 votes to pass three changes to their bill using a filibuster-proof procedure, there appears to be a clear path forward for the Democrats to finish up health care reform and get their bill signed into law.

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Clues On Health Care In Obama's Budget

February 2, 2010 - by Eric Naing

President Obama seems to have bet his budget on health care reform becoming a reality. David Herszenhorn, blogging for the the New York Times, notices that the president's $3.8 trillion budget assumes a $150 billion reduction in the deficit over the next decade from a health care

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Congress Links

February 1, 2010 - by Eric Naing

President Obama's 2011 budget dropped today and grabbed most of the headlines, but it wasn't the only thing happening on Capitol Hill. Here's what you might have missed: The Washington Post chronicles the slow death of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency. What once was a key component of President Obama's plan to regulate the financial industry has slowly lost more and more of its teeth as the proposal works its way through the legislative process. The House already passed a version of th...

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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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Dems Reach Out (Again) to Snowe on Health Care

January 29, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

We know generally that the Democrats are working behind the scenes to try to find a way to pass health care reform. But what, in particular have they been doing? One thing, apparently, is talking to Sen. Olympia Snowe [R, ME], the only Republican in the Senate who has expressed any interest in voting for the bill: Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) said Friday that she has been in conversation with Democrats and Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus about a way forward on health care reform. "I h...

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Congress Links

January 28, 2010 - by Eric Naing

With the State of the Union behind us, Congress can get back to work. Most of the big-ticket items on Congress' agenda have been on hold until after the speech. Unfortunately, it not clear if Congress knows what it's going to do now:

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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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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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