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New Democrats Strike a Cramdown Deal

March 3, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

For the past few days, the New Democrats Coalition and the House leadership have been engaged in behind-the-scenes negotiations over the cramdown provision in H.R. 1106, and they have finally decided on a way to move forward. A New Democrat-sponsored secondary amendment will be offered to John Conyers' manager's amendment, and together they will account for all the concessions to the bill that the moderates appear to be requiring for their support.

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Earmark Kings '09

March 2, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Taxpayers For Common Sense has released their database of all the earmarks in the FY 2009 Omnibus appropriations bill. They have tabulated all the Senate earmark recipients, and they'll be doing the House soon. Here are the top ten winners of earmark money in the omnibus: 1. Sen. Robert Byrd [D, WV] - $122,804,900 2. Sen. Richard Shelby [R, AL] - $114,484,250 3. Sen. Christopher Bond [R, MO] - $85,691,491 4. Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D, CA] $76,899,425 5. Sen. Thad Cochran [R, MS] - $75,908...

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Preventing Foreclosures - Why the Delay?

March 2, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

There's something happening behind the scenes with Congress's portion of the Obama foreclosure prevention plan, but it's hard to figure out exactly what it is. Last week, the centrist New Democrats Coalition pushed for and won several changes to the bill (H.R. 1106); now there is indication that they are pushing for more changes to weaken one of the central provisions.

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Publishers vs. Public Access

March 2, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

There is a bill in Congress right now, the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act (H.R. 801), that, if passed into law, would end the National Institute of Health's public access policy and restrict similar policies for other taxpayer-funded research. The research team at the money-in-politics website,, released an analysis today showing how campaign contributions relate to the bill's support in the House. analyzed campaign contribution data provided by the Center for ...

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