We've been tracking the health care reform bill for more than a year on OpenCongress, but today our coverage of the bill takes a sharp turn. The health care bill, H.R. 3590, is Public Law No: 111-148. President Obama signed the bill into law this morning at 11:20 eastern, officially putting an end to the legislative process and transferring it into the process of being implemented by the states and the federal government. We'll be continuing to cover health care reform as it takes effect and the public debate evolves.
To clarify, the Senate is still working on finalizing an amendment to the health care bill, known as the Reconciliation Act of 2010, but regardless of whether that passes, health care reform has been entered in the Federal Register and will begin taking effect immediately. Here's a quick roundup of handy links.Read Full Article
President Obama's fiscal year 2011 budget request is now online for your review. Get it here. As I wrote earlier this morning, the total cost of the budget is $3.8 trillion, which is an approximately $250 billion increase over last year's budget, but also an almost 50% decrease in the rate of spending growth last year's budget contained.Read Full Article
President Obama will kick off the 2011 budgeting process this week by submitting a $3.8 trillion budget plan, which is $250 billion more than last year's budget, but also represents an almost 50% decrease in last year's level of spending growth. Later in the week, the House will take up controversial cybersecurity legislation.Read Full Article