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Where are the Liberals?

August 5, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Why, with polls showing support for the health care bill running around 50 percent, is the opposition so much better organized than the support so far in the August recess?

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Yesterday, I attempted an analysis of the measly 12% approval rating for the health care bill on OpenCongress. Basically, I said that it shows that even though actual public support for the bill is running around 50 percent, the opposition is much more energized. And throughout the August district work period, the energy level is going to shape members of Congress' perception of how they should vote on the bill in September. Today, Democrat Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D, TX-25], whose meeting with co...

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Giving Up on the Public Option?

August 4, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Via a Senate aide, Politico relays the scoop from inside today's two-hour meeting at the White House between Democrats in Congress and the Obama Administration: Majority Leader Harry Reid was the first to make remarks, speaking for a little more than five minutes, the aide said. Obama followed, making opening remarks which lasted for 10-15 minutes about why health care was so important for the economic situation and he talked about how signing health care reform "would be one of the most impor...

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Trending on OpenCongress

August 4, 2009 - by Isabelle Cutting

Although the House is on recess, its bills have been heating up amongst OpenCongress voters, presenting a great time to catch up on some pieces of legislation you may have missed during the phenomenally busy summer session. Therefor, below are explanations and background information on the bills, which are trending right now on OpenCongress.

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Good News for Cash for Clunkers

August 3, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

The Senate's path towards passing legislation (H.R. 3435) this week to infuse an additional $2 billion into the wildly popular cash for clunkers program just got a whole lot easier. On Monday, two key senators, Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D, CA] and Sen. Susan Collins [R, ME], who vowed last Friday to vote against the bill unless it increased fuel efficiency standards for new cars purchased under the program, dropped their opposition and said that they now plan to vote for it.

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Congress Links

August 3, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Schumer suggests he's willing to pass health care with only Democrats in the reconciliation process. Enzi says he's not following any health care deadlines. Schumer renews his push for cramdown legislation. And Ensign's dad gets investigated for paying of his son's mistress. That and more in today's roundup of links on Congress.

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As the House of Representatives heads into its month-long August recess, the news reports are telling us that support for health care reform is beginning to fade. Between the various polls, support now seems to be at around 50 percent. But on OpenCongress, only 12 percent of people say they support the bill. What can this discrepancy tell us about the energy political activist will put into their August efforts, and how will effect the final vote?

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This Week in Congress: Senate Wrap-Up

August 3, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

The House of Representatives has already left Washington for their month-long August recess, but the Senate is in session for one more week. Before they leave for their recess on Friday, the Senate will hold a tough debate on the future of the cash for clunkers program, try to make some crucial progress on health care legislation, and confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court.

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