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Ryan Grim

Senate Dems Pass Health Care Reconciliation Package | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE 3/25 9:47 PM It wasn't easy and it wasn't pretty, but the congressional debate over comprehensive health care reform ended Thursday night with ...

The Bank Lobbyists Behind the Senators Voting "No" on Reconciliation

Kevin Connor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Connor

In a hopeful sign for American college students, the original coalition of Senators that rallied around the student loan industry now appears to be splintering.

Ryan Grim

DeMint: 'We Have Not Yet Begun To Fight' | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Jim DeMint, the tactician who led Senate Republicans in unanimous opposition to health care reform, declared early on that a defeat for Obama would be...

Ryan Grim

Byrd Rule To Send Health Care Back To House, Rules Parliamentarian | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Republicans succeeded early Thursday morning in finding two flaws in the House-passed health care reconciliation package. Neither is of any sub...

Weekly Pulse: Obama Signs Health Reform Bill, Backlash Begins

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Yesterday, President Obama signed health care reform into law. As Mike Lillis explains in the Washingt...

Why Senate Dems Should Approve Republicans' Public Option Amendment

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Senate Republicans may propose a "public option" amendment to the health care bill. If they do, Senate Dems plan to vote it down in order to keep the bill identical to the one that passed Sunday -- they should give this a sober second-thought.

Now That Health Care Is Law, a Vote Against Reconciliation Is a Vote for the "Cornhusker Kickback"

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

If Senate Republicans actually succeeded in killing the entire reconciliation bill, they will not have stopped health care reform. That is law. Instead, Senate Republicans will have saved the "Cornhusker Kickback" and the "Gator-aid."

Student Loan Overhaul Tied To Health Care Bill

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

WASHINGTON — Riding the coattails of a historic health care vote, the House on Sunday also passed a broad reorganization of college aid that aff...

Now Is the Time to Act

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

The American people have had enough of this double standard. The Democrats were elected to govern and to address the horrendous problems this country faces. It is time for the Democrats to use the reconciliation rules.

In The Public Interest: High Noon for Insurance Industry Rip-Offs?

Larry McNeely | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry McNeely

Pop Quiz: You're a law-abiding citizen whose family is completely at the mercy of a band of ruffians who do whatever they want, whenever they want. Ar...

Sam Stein

Democrats Won't Use Controversial 'Deem And Pass' Measure To Enact Health Reform | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two Democratic lawmakers tell the Huffington Post that the party will not use the controversial measure known as deem and pass to get health care into...

Left, Right & Center: Health Care Reform, Financial Reform, and Do Liberals Always Pass a Democratic Bill?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

So what does it mean to the left if the health care reform bill passes the House this weekend? And what is this "deeming" procedure anyway? Is it worth risking a Constitutional challenge?

Could Senate GOP Plans To Block Reconciliation Backfire?

AOL News | Russell Berman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the House moves toward passing sweeping health care reform, the threats from Senate Republicans keep coming. The latest is a promise to force a bat...

DemoCat Wranglin'!

Shan Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Shan Wells

Let's hope the Dems learn from this and get their act together for Cap and Trade. Time's a wastin'.

Health Care Bill Math: Democrats Decide Who Is Needed To Reach 216

New York Times | Jeff Zeleny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the homestretch of the health care debate, one obvious question being asked across the capital is whether Speaker Nancy Pelosi will f...

Student Loan Overhaul Tied To Health Care Bill Is Trimmed

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats on Thursday trimmed their original student loan plans, reduced spending for community colleges, and elimina...

Marjorie Margolies: Vote Your Conscience On Health Care Reform

Washington Post | Marjorie Margolies | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Dear wavering House Democrats, I feel your pain. Eighteen years ago, I was elected on the coattails of a popular young Democratic president who pro...

Pelosi Makes Her Move; GOP Rep. Calls for Coup

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has laid out a strategy to pass health care reform in the next couple of d...

Is Senator Graham Looking for an Excuse to Bail on Climate Legislation?

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Nelson

Will Senator Graham join Republicans in an orchestrated, anti-health care legislation tantrum or continue working for clean energy legislation?

"Deem and Pass" Is Not "Without a Vote"

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

If conservative obstructionists actually think this is unconstitutional, they should be giddy, because they then could have the courts nullify the entire law as illegitimate. But they know that it is legit.

GOP Tactics: They've Got a Lot of...Resolve

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

We, Senate Republicans, declare in this, the year of our Lord 2010. The American people have called on us to lay down our glass shards and nails. This we shall do, with consciences clear.

Ryan Grim

Pelosi: 'Get The Bill. Go For It.' | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Monday that she is leaning toward using a "deeming" mechanism to push health care reform across the fini...

Fixing the Health Care Message Problem: What's in the Bill for You, This Year

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

The President is on-message day-in and day-out, but if the rest of his party is busy jousting over the details, media coverage will be about the uncertain outcome of the conflicts, which will swamp any messaging effort.

'Self-Executing Rule' Could Pass Health Care Through House Without A Vote

Washington Post | Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

After laying the groundwork for a decisive vote this week on the Senate's health-care bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Monday that she might...

Reconciliation, Explained

Kandie Stroud | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kandie Stroud

Unlike cloture, a procedure which allows the Senate to cut off debate with 60 votes, reconciliation does not guarantee a final vote. In reconciliation, Senators can offer an unlimited number of amendments.