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Health reform bill on-track for Christmas Eve passage

Legislation to enact President Barack Obama’s top domestic goal, remaking US health care, was expected to clear a new Senate procedural hurdle Tuesday and stay on track for Christmas passage. The early morning vote, set for about 7:20 am (1220 GMT), was to come one day after the sweeping bill…

Dean, Lieberman point to Obama for death of public option

WASHINGTON — A consistent narrative is emerging from various sides of the health care debate: the White House is largely responsible for the removal of the popular public option from the reform legislation. Two key players in the debate — Howard Dean and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) — have essentially…

Firedoglake: Kill the Senate health bill

Firedoglake’s Jane Hamsher – founder of the liberal blog Firedoglake — has called on her readers in a public petition to oppose the Senate healthcare bill, arguing that it is a giveaway to lobbyists and health insurance companies and filled with loopholes. The petition follows, and is available at this…

Breaking filibuster, Senate healthcare bill advances

Landmark health care legislation backed by President Barack Obama passed its sternest Senate test in the pre-dawn hours early Monday, overcoming Republican delaying tactics on a 60-40 vote that all but assures its passage by Christmas. “Let’s make history,” said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, shortly before the bill’s supporters demonstrated…

Feingold slams Obama for losing public option

The White House on Sunday urged lawmakers to pass contentious health care reform, saying that the watered-down version of a bill before the Senate still accomplishes the president’s goals of changing the troubled system. The president’s push was not welcomed by all members of his party, with a lead Senate…

Dean hopes health bill can be fixed after Senate vote

Dr. Howard Dean did not allow NBC’s David Gregory to corner him into advising other Democrats to vote no. He wouldn’t vote for the Senate’s current health insurance reform bill, but he isn’t giving up on the process. After the Senate passes their bill, Dean hopes that provisions in the…

McCain blames Obama for partisan climate in DC

The responsibility for the most partisan atmosphere in Washington history goes to President Barack Obama, according to Sen. John McCain. “[Obama] said there would be a change in the climate in Washington,” McCain told Fox News’ Chris Wallace. “There’s been a change. It’s more partisan. It’s more bitterly divided than…

Kennedy’s widow: Health bill is ‘imperfect’ but needed

While imperfect, a health reform bill before US lawmakers would achieve many of the goals championed by the late senator Edward Kennedy, his widow said Saturday. The “liberal lion” of the Senate, who died in August after losing a battle to brain cancer, believed that “this year the stars —…

Congress passes $636 billion in military spending

The US Congress on Saturday sent US President Barack Obama a massive annual military spending bill that funds current operations in Afghanistan and pays for the troop withdrawal from Iraq. In a rare weekend vote, the Senate approved the 636.3-billion-dollar package, which cleared the House of Representatives 395-34 on Wednesday,…

Former Congress member: Don’t let Senate usurp House’s powers

A former Democratic member of Congress has come out swinging in an op-ed for The Hill against “the suggestion that the Senate is so tied in knots that the House will simply have to accept without change whatever can win 60 votes in the Senate.” Martin Frost, a moderate Democrat…

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