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Don't Look Now, But Congress Is Actually Doing Its Job

AP | By ERICA WERNER | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Suddenly, bipartisanship has broken out on Capitol Hill. On Iran, Medicare, education and trade, Republicans and De...

Friday Talking Points -- Chasing The Scooby Van

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Strange but true, the "Scooby van" is now part of our political lexicon. Hillary Clinton herself is apparently to blame for this one, as this was the playful name she came up with for the van she used to get from New York to Iowa this week.

Obama Signs Doc Fix Bill Into Law

Reuters | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, April 16 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama signed a bill into law on Thursday that repairs the formula for reimbursing Medicare phys...

Congress and the Terrific, Honorable, Very Good, Not-Bad Day

Jason Grumet | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Jason Grumet

Don't look now, but Tuesday, April 14, 2015, was a good day for American democracy. Buds of bipartisanship offer signs that the legislative process is coming back to life after years of dark and depressing political gridlock.

Jeffrey Young

Good Riddance To One Of Congress' Dumbest Rituals: The 'Doc Fix' | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It’s been called “dumb,” “bad policy” and “common-sense-defying." And that’s by the people in charge of it. It’s also ca...

Leaders Push Medicare Bill Toward Final Congressional Approval

AP | By ALAN FRAM | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation permanently overhauling how Medicare pays physicians won approval Tuesday from an atypically united Congress as lawmak...

Women's Lives (Should) Matter!

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

The campaign to eliminate the right to safe, legal abortions is intentional, relentless and political. The consequences are real, personal and frightening. Attacks on abortion rights further entrench discrimination against women.

Progressive Leadership on Covering Abortions

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

The Senate reconvenes on Monday, April 13, 2015, facing a vote on H.R. 2. It's a shining opportunity to reclaim leadership for covering abortion care for all women regardless of their income, source of insurance, or where they live.

Jonathan Cohn

Either John Boehner Or Nancy Pelosi Is Very Wrong About What Their Medicare Bill Will Do | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

The new Medicare bill that the House passed on Thursday would weaken the program. No, wait. The new Medicare bill that the House passed on Thursday...

Don't Leave Children Short

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Congress must stop playing politics with children and pass four more years of funding for CHIP and MIECHV as part of the "doc fix" package if millions of children are not to be left with uncertainty and at greater risk. We need to ensure our children are healthy, supported, and strong if they are going to be able to support our growing number of seniors in the future.

Medicare Reform: Scrap the SGR and Use Markets to Control Costs

Hadley Heath | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Hadley Heath

Competition for the biggest waste of time in Washington is fierce, but certainly the annual "doc fix" exercise deserves to be in the running.

Low Health Bills Slow Economy

Jim Jaffe | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

A more efficient health system does augur well for these cities and more than a few others and may cause a revision in the way we plan our economic future. This is not a theoretical issue.

Partisan Politics Torpedos Long-Overdue 'Medicare Doc Fix'

Bob Semro | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Bob Semro

Once again, we see how party politics and midterm election strategies threaten solutions to long-standing problems that directly impact Americans.

Why Seniors Should Say 'No' to Paying for the Medicare Doctor-Fix

Rosemary Gibson | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Rosemary Gibson

The mantra in the health care industry has become "bill, baby, bill"-- taking a page from the oil industry's chant, "drill, baby, drill."

Luke Johnson

Congress Nears Deal On Payroll Tax Cut, Unemployment Extension | Luke Johnson | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress was close to a deal to extend a popular payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits, according to several reports. The pending...

Inside The Payroll Tax Cut Bill

AP | By The Associated Press | Posted 12.23.2011 | Politics

-- Key features of payroll tax and jobless benefits bill passed Friday by the House and Senate: _Retains through Feb. 29 the current 4.2 percent rat...

Congressional Stalemate Frustrates Americans

AP | TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 02.21.2012 | Politics

CHICAGO — As Americans watch yet another political drama play out on Capitol Hill – this time over whether to extend the payroll tax cut a...


The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

The Wall Street Journal editorial page attacked congressional Republicans Wednesday for possibly losing the payroll tax cut standoff to President Bara...

Obama, GOP Face Off Over Expiring Provisions

AP | BEN FELLER | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Careening toward a politically toxic tax hike, President Barack Obama implored House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday to get behin...

House, Senate Bills Have Major Differences

AP | By The Associated Press | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics

-- Highlights of legislation renewing payroll tax cuts, jobless benefits approved by the House and Senate: House bill, approved last Tuesday:...

Medicare Braces For Draconian Cut

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Nearly 650,000 doctors caring for millions of seniors will get a steep cut in Medicare payments Jan. 18 unless a gridlocked Congres...

Congress Moves Towards Standoff Over Expiring Provisions

AP | By DAVID ESPO and ALAN FRAM | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Partisan to the core, Congress careened toward a holiday-season standoff Monday on legislation to prevent a Social Security payroll tax ...

Michael McAuliff

Payroll Tax Cut Extension: Leaders Near Deal | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders cut a deal to keep the government funded Thursday night, but extending a payroll tax cut and other items that expi...

Obama Sounds Warning On House GOP Bill

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The White House promised a veto Tuesday for a Republican bill renewing a payroll tax cut next year for 160 million workers, complai...

Clock Ticking For Congress To Avoid Draconian Cuts

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Politicians of both parties outdo each other vying for the approval of seniors, but their inability to compromise on the federal bu...