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"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.

'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.

Americans Want Health Security & Affordability, and Don't Care About Myths & Legislative Procedures

Bradford Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bradford Kane

Reform at any time in the future will be far more extreme and painful, and much less likely to resolve deficiencies and put our nation's health spending on a sustainable track. It must be now.

Adam Green to Ed Schultz: 'We Have 51 Senate Votes for Public Option'

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

The House can say with confidence that if the public option is passed, the votes will be there in the Senate. No doubt about it. Do you think it's time to tell YOUR congressman to reconsider?

The Pledge I'm Making

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

I fought for a public option, but I will proudly vote to save lives rather than kill this legislation because it lacks a single provision. The only pledge I'm making is to protect and insure as many Americans as possible.

Is Reconciliation Undemocratic?

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

There's been some talk "out there" that reconciliation is an undemocratic process, because it doesn't go through the regular legislative channels. That's just wrong.

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.

Scott Brown Bashes Obama's 'Bitter' Push For Health Care Reform (VIDEO)

AP | Erica Werner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP)-- Newly arrived Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts accused President Barack Obama and Democrats on Saturday of a "bitter, de...

Friday Talking Points [115] -- Git 'Er Done!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Call it the calm before the storm. What everyone's waiting on is for Congress to leap into action. But, in a surprising twist, this time it might actually happen.

Obama, Durbin and Pelosi All Point Fingers at Someone Else for Killing Public Option

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

It's all Kabuki theater to cover up the truth that President Obama made a backroom deal with the for-profit hospital industry that the final health care bill would not include a national public option.

Democrats Link Student Aid Bill To Health Care Bill For Reconciliation Vote

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Under White House pressure to act swiftly, House and Senate Democratic leaders reached for agreement Friday on President Barack Oba...

Sam Stein

Dems Confident That Senate Parliamentarian Was 'Misinterpreted' On Reconciliation | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Congressional Democrats are confident that reports of a largely damaging ruling by the Senate parliamentarian with respect to passing health care refo...

Ryan Grim

Senate Parliamentarian: House Must Move First | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The House must pass the Senate health care bill into law before fixes can be made to it through reconciliation, the Senate Parliamentarian told Republ...

Pelosi: Stupak Wants Health Care Reform (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared on "The Rachel Maddow Show" Thursday and weighed in on everything from Bart Stupak's threats to derail health care...

Include Student Loan Reform in Reconciliation

Rep. George Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. George Miller

We can reform the student loan program by taking wasteful subsides to banks, and redeeming the savings for millions of families and students who want a shot at attending college.

Arianna: If Obama Supports Public Option, It Could Pass Senate

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

Arianna appeared on "The Ed Show" Thursday to talk about health care reform and the growing possibility that a public option could be approved in the ...

Sam Stein

Gregg: GOP Gameplan Is To Sow Doubt On Reconciliation | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Hoping to trip up health care reform as it enters its final procedural stages, leading Republicans are trying to sow doubts in the minds of House Demo...

Were Laws of Gravity Passed Through Reconciliation?

Scott Blakeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Scott Blakeman

Skeptics say that if the earth were flat we would hear stories of people falling off constantly. But it's pretty hard for people who just fell off the earth to tell their story to the media, isn't it?

Colbert's Hammers GOP For Insane Euphemisms (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

As part his week-long look at health care (and the Republican's fear that Dems are ramming the bill down their throat), last night Stephen Colbert bro...

FDL Launches "Students, Not Banks" Campaign

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Jane Hamsher

Student lending reform could have passed the Senate long ago, but because it had to wait on health care, the lobbyists have had plenty of time to chip away at the Senate. But colleges across the country can't wait another year for relief.

Liberal Media Again Serves Republican Interests

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jonathan Weiler

That Republicans lie and adopt positions that directly contradict positions they've previously adopted. is bad enough. Much worse is the liberal media treating falsehoods as if they're merely just a "side" in a debate about politics.

Eric Massa's Revenge Becomes Fox News's Latest Attack: Not Silly, It's Scary

Gabriel London | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gabriel London

It's foolish to be so dismissive of a man who just added a ton of proverbial coal to the conspiracy spewing powerplant that is Fox News.

House Progressives on Where Health Care Stands Now

Cynthia Gordy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Cynthia Gordy

I chatted with Congressional Black Caucus President Barbara Lee yesterday, just after she met with President Obama at the White House. The President c...