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The House of Representatives did something thoroughly bipartisan with health care today. They voted, 406-19, to strip the health insurance industry of the exemption from federal antitrust laws that they have had since the passage of the McCarran-Ferguson Act in 1945.

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Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Kent Conrad [D, ND] said he thinks the procedural plan Democrats have settled on for their health care bill is unworkable. If they can't find another way, health care reform is "dead," Conrad said.

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Congress Links

February 24, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Tomorrow is the day we've all been waiting for: White House health care summit day. Though I'm sure that lawmakers have been busy studying up for the big event, Congress managed to get some work accomplished today - for example, the Senate's passage of the $15 billion jobs bill. And while I'm sure you're studying up for the summit as well, please take some time to check out today's roundup of articles and blog posts you may have missed: Sen. Chris Dodd [D, CT] today introduced a constitutional...

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Reconciliation Is More Common Than You Think

February 24, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Republicans have recently taken to referring to the reconciliation process as the “nuclear option” for health care but if you look at its recent history, you'll find that reconciliation isn't the unprecedented event that the nickname suggests. As a quick refresher, the budget reconciliation process allows senators to pass a bill related to revenues and the budget with only 51 votes - or 50 votes and the vice president's tie-breaking vote. A must-read story from NPR today quotes Sen. John K...

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Six Republican senators have flip-flopped on the jobs bill having initially voted against it on Monday and then voting for it today.

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After The Jobs Bill, Reid Moves To Tourism

February 24, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Reid To Address Unemployment Insurance Issue This Week

February 24, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid [D, NV] is looking to extend unemployment benefits ahead of a February 28 deadline. Very soon, thousands could be denied unemployment benefits and in recent days Congress has scrapped several attempts to prevent that from happening.

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Morning Links

February 24, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Power's out for me in rural Western MA due to two feet of wet, heavy snow, and I'm racing against a dying computer battery. But before I am forced to sign off, here are a couple links that have peaked my interest this morning: Norm Ornstein previews the concessions Obama might make to GOP tomorrow. But will they lead to any GOP votes? (Ezra Klein) Robert Reich calls on Congress to bust up the health care trusts (NYT) Sen. Jay Rockefeller, one of the leading public option proponents in the Se...

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How health care reform got its groove back

February 23, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Wondering how we got from Sen. Scott Brown [R, MA] being elected in Massachusetts to kill health care reform to the health care bill, and maybe even the public option, being back on the table with a strong feeling of momentum behind it?

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Congress Links

February 23, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Here is today's sampling of great articles and blog posts on Congress from around the web. Don't forget, you can view Obama's new health care plan online on OpenCongress here:

White House health care proposal>>

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I know it's sometimes off-putting to have to interrupt your web browsing to download a PDF, open it up using a separate program and then have it clutter up your desktop. That's why we've taken the full text of the plan that the White House released yesterday, converted it into HTML and posted it as a webpage. No more excuses!

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Sanders, Schakowsky Push Military Contractor Ban

February 23, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Two liberal Democrats are teaming up to stop the government from hiring private military contractors like Blackwater in war zones. Rep. Jan Schakowsky [D, IL-9] and Sen. Bernie Sanders [D, VT] today announced the introduction of the Stop Outsourcing Security Act, which prevents the government from using private firms for security, law enforcement, rescue and intelligence purposes.

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Special Senate Summit Attendees

February 23, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

In addition to the 21 senior lawmakers that were specifically invited to attend Thursday's health care summit at the White House, President Obama asked the Majority and Minority leaders of the House and Senate to select four others from their caucuses to attend. We now know the full list of who has been asked to come along from the Senate: Republicans: Sen. Lamar Alexander [R, TN] Sen. John McCain [R, AZ] Sen. Thomas Coburn [R, OK] Sen. John Barrasso [R, WY] Democrats: Sen. Charl...

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Boehner: White House Plan is Too Short

February 23, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

What's really ridiculous here is that the White House plan that was released yesterday is not a bill, and it only deals with a small portion of the health care bills in Congress. If it was written as a bill instead of the more friendly, plain English outline it is, it would probably be somewhere between the lengths of the Senate and House health care bills. And those, of course, are "too long."

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Congress Debates Native Hawaiian Rights

February 23, 2010 - by Eric Naing

It could be big day in Congress for Hawaii. The House is scheduled to vote today on a bill (H.R.2314) that would grant Native Hawaiians some of the same federal rights already given to American Indians and Native Alaskans.

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