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The GOP makes them take another vote in the House…….

Early this morning the Republicans pointed out to the Democratic leadership that there where differences in the House Bill that Congressmen voted on from the Senate Bill…the differnce where small but never the less the two Healthcare bills where not totally in sync….

So finally at around 2:45  in the morning the democrats consented that there would have to be another vote just before everyone packed up and left for the Congress’s ‘Spring Break’…..

The vote should be later today( 2 PM )…..

No Problem….They should make sure they get it right…..

The whole thing would then go back to the President again for his signature, after he gets back from being on the road this afternoon….

The flaws identified by Republicans were in the education section in the bill and did not appear to endanger the eventual adoption of the changes to the health care legislation.

Senate Democrats said that one of the provisions in question involved changes to the Pell grant program for college students from low-income families. The bill would establish an automatic increase in grant awards, tied to inflation; the disputed provision would prevent any reductions in the maximum award.

Before the parliamentary issues arose, Democrats defeated more than two dozen Republican amendments and other proposals aimed at derailing the legislation or making changes that would delay it by forcing an additional vote in the House.

Shortly before 2:30 a.m., Senator David Vitter, Republican of Louisiana, put forward yet another amendment. Mr. Vitter’s proposal would have exempted mobile mammography units from paying a federal fuel tax.

In urging adoption of his amendment, Mr. Vitter declared, “This reconciliation bill is already going back to the House.” At the same time, Senate leaders from both parties were conferring animatedly on the floor.

At about 2:45 a.m., with the flaws in the bill identified, the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, brought the late-night session to a close.

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March 25, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Repeal the Healthcare Bill?…..Maybe not so fast?

From PoliticalWire and the Ezra Klein @ The WashingtonPost…..

Republicans were using the word “repeal” a lot in the hours after the House voted to pass the health-care reform bill. But as the hours turn to days, they’re talking about repeal less, qualifying it more, and even finding themselves mentioning things they like about the bill. Suzy Khimm runs through the changing rhetoric:

Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, the poster boy for the conservative insurgency, said on Monday that he wasn’t sure whether he’d support overturning the health care law, calling moves to do so “a little premature.” As ThinkProgress notes, Rep. Phil Gingrey told CNN that he “does not want” to throw out everything in the bill, noting that there are many provisions — including health insurance exchanges, electronic medical records, greater coverage for dependents, expanded Medicaid, and increased consumer protections — that he supports. Rudy Giuliani also opposes repealing the bill. And the Chamber of Commerce — the business lobby group which often backs conservative causes and which spent some $144 million campaigning against health care reform — has saidit won’t support a GOP effort to throw out the legislation. […]

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March 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

President Obama signs landmark bill into law……

[ The selling of health-care overhaul begins as president signs the bill into law and celebrates the achievement. ]

President Obama signed a landmark health-care bill into law Tuesday, enacting a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s $2.5 trillion health system after a year-long effort that he said shows the United States “faces its challenges and accepts its responsibilities.”

“The bill I am signing will set in motion reforms that generations of Americans have fought for and marched for and hungered to see,” Obama said before putting his signature on the legislation. While he said it would take four years to fully implement some of the law’s provisions, he highlighted measures that take effect this year.

In a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Obama signed the massive bill after addressing a congratulatory audience that included lawmakers who supported the measure. No Republicans voted for the bill in the House or Senate, and Democrats who opposed it were not invited, White House officials said. They said those Democrats would not have wanted to attend anyway.

Before Obama spoke, Vice President Biden offered effusive praise for the president in an introduction that hailed him as a historic leader for pushing his signature domestic initiative despite long odds.

“Mr. President, you’re the guy that made it happen,” Biden told Obama to applause from the gathering.

Obama told the audience, “Today I am signing this reform bill into law on behalf of my mother, who argued with insurance companies even as she battled cancer in her final days.” He also dedicated the bill to a list of other Americans who have contacted him about their health-care problems, some of whom were in attendance.

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March 23, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, Open thread, Politics, Updates | | 2 Comments

A view on the vote on the Healthcare Bill from MyDD……

A little bit of a historical view  (and commentary ) on the upcoming Bill from Nathan Empsall @ MyDD.Com…..

How’s this for history? The first black President and the first female Speaker of the House just brought America’s health insurance system from the 19th century to the 21st century, doing what no politician before them was able to achieve.

The new law, while insuring 30 million and lowering the deficit, is not perfect. It does little to address cost containment. It contains a mandate without strong enough subsidies. The Medicare reimbursement issue persists. You might blame Barack Obama for these imperfections. You might say that had he shown more forceful leadership, he would have had a stronger bill. And you might be right. But consider this:

In 1993, President Clinton tried to pass health care reform, and didn’t even get a floor vote.

In 1974, President Nixon tried to pass health care reform, but couldn’t quite close the deal with the late Senator Ted Kennedy.

In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson opted to pass Medicare rather than universal coverage, believing it more politically doable.

In 1945, President Truman, like Clinton, proposed universal health care but was unable to get a vote.

In 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt wanted to pass universal health care, but thought it too politically unpopular and didn’t even try.

In 1912, former President Theodore Roosevelt campaigned on the promise of universal health care and couldn’t even recapture the White House.

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March 22, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , , | 8 Comments

The Vote is 224 to 206 in the House on procedures….clearing the way for the vote tonight…..

Landmark health-care legislation passed a series of procedural hurdles in the House of Representatives and headed toward a crucial vote on final passage Sunday night after President Obama reached a deal with Democratic holdouts on an executive order designed to allay their concerns about abortion funding.

After 5 1/2 hours of often contentious floor speeches and a string of procedural votes, the House approved the rules for final debate on a Senate-passed health-care bill and a House package of fixes by a vote of 224 to 206. That vote set the stage for what House Democratic leaders hoped would be the penultimate milestone later Sunday night of Obama’s year-long effort to overhaul the nation’s $2.5 trillion health-care system.

Following the House votes, Obama planned to launch a campaign aimed at countering conservatives’ criticisms of the health-care bill, aides said.

Rallying last-minute support for the overhaul, Obama announced Sunday afternoon that he would issue an executive order after passage, attesting that the bill is consistent with longstanding restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortions.

The arrangement won the support of a key bloc of anti-abortion House Democrats, whose leader, Rep. Bart Stupak(D-Mich.), said at a news conference, “I’m pleased to announce we have an agreement.”

Appearing with Stupak were half a dozen other holdout Democrats. With them on board, “we’re well past” the 216 votes needed in the House to approve the health-care legislation, Stupak said.

After 5 1/2 hours of often contentious floor speeches and a string of procedural votes, the House approved the rules for final debate on a Senate-passed health-care bill and a House package of fixes by a vote of 224 to 206. That vote set the stage for what House Democratic leaders hoped would be the penultimate milestone later Sunday night of Obama’s year-long effort to overhaul the nation’s $2.5 trillion health-care system.

Following the House votes, Obama planned to launch a campaign aimed at countering conservatives’ criticisms of the health-care bill, aides said.

Rallying last-minute support for the overhaul, Obama announced Sunday afternoon that he would issue an executive order after passage, attesting that the bill is consistent with longstanding restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortions.

The arrangement won the support of a key bloc of anti-abortion House Democrats, whose leader, Rep. Bart Stupak(D-Mich.), said at a news conference, “I’m pleased to announce we have an agreement.”

Appearing with Stupak were half a dozen other holdout Democrats. With them on board, “we’re well past” the 216 votes needed in the House to approve the health-care legislation, Stupak said.

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White House pictures from Talkandpolitcs.…..

Check out these photos from inside the White House today, as congress debates the Health Bill and the final vote in the House of Reps.

Rahms office

The Oval Office

March 21, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, TalkandPolitcs, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

House leaders plan separate health vote, rejecting 'deem and pass'……

Democrats edged closer to finding 216 lawmakers to back a landmark health-care bill Saturday, as party leaders and White House officials were working on an executive order that they hope will win over a substantial number of antiabortion Democrats.

The House Rules Committee continued its session on the third floor of the Capitol, where the panel is tasked with setting the terms of Sunday’s floor debate. House leaders have decided to take a separate vote on the Senate version of the health care bill, rejecting an earlier, much-criticized strategy that would have permitted them to “deem” the measure passed without an explicit vote.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said the House will take three votes on Sunday: first, on a resolution that will set the terms of debate; second, on a package of amendments to the Senate bill that have been demanded by House members; and third, on the Senate bill itself.

Van Hollen, who has been working on the issue with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), said House leaders concluded that that order — approving the amendments before approving the Senate bill — makes clear that the House intends to modify the Senate bill and not approve the Senate bill itself.

“We believe this is a better process,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said of the vote strategy. “We determined we could do this. . . . We believe we have the votes.”

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This a smart move that they were going to do all along, I believe……They just used the threat to fend off the Republicans……and buy themselves time….

On a Bill this important….. they DO need the vote……

March 20, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | 1 Comment

House leaders plan separate health vote, rejecting ‘deem and pass’……

Democrats edged closer to finding 216 lawmakers to back a landmark health-care bill Saturday, as party leaders and White House officials were working on an executive order that they hope will win over a substantial number of antiabortion Democrats.

The House Rules Committee continued its session on the third floor of the Capitol, where the panel is tasked with setting the terms of Sunday’s floor debate. House leaders have decided to take a separate vote on the Senate version of the health care bill, rejecting an earlier, much-criticized strategy that would have permitted them to “deem” the measure passed without an explicit vote.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said the House will take three votes on Sunday: first, on a resolution that will set the terms of debate; second, on a package of amendments to the Senate bill that have been demanded by House members; and third, on the Senate bill itself.

Van Hollen, who has been working on the issue with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), said House leaders concluded that that order — approving the amendments before approving the Senate bill — makes clear that the House intends to modify the Senate bill and not approve the Senate bill itself.

“We believe this is a better process,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said of the vote strategy. “We determined we could do this. . . . We believe we have the votes.”

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This a smart move that they were going to do all along, I believe……They just used the threat to fend off the Republicans……and buy themselves time….

On a Bill this important….. they DO need the vote……

March 20, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | 1 Comment

Daniel lists the Districts he thinks the Democrats will lose come November………..

Update:

I’ll start with a real Bellwether District: Ohio 15th.

Mary Jo Kilroy will lose in November against Stivers yes BECAUSE of the Health Care Vote.

She won only by 2300 Votes in 2008 and yes this CRAP Lady votes for it.

Going on Record saying Dems will lose the following Seats:

OH-15 (Kilroy)
AR-1 (Open)
CO-4 (Markey)
FL-8 (Grayson)
ID-1 (Minnick)
VA-5 (Perriello)
IN-9 (Hill)
MD-1 (Kratochvil)
NV-3 (Titus)
NM-2 (Teague)
OH-1 (Driehaus)
OH-16 (Boccieri)
FL-24 (Kosmas)
IN-8 (Open)
TN-8 (Open)
AR-2 (Open)
TN-6 (Open)
KS-3 (Open)
LA-3 (Open)
NY-29 (Open)
ND-At Large (Pomeroy)
PA-7 (Open)
MI-7 (Schauer)
MS-1 (Childers)
NH-1 (Shea-Porter)
NH-2 (Hodes)
VA-2 (Nye)
WA-3 (Open)
WV-1 (Mollohan)
VA-9 (Boucher)

So, this Health Care Vote will bring Democrats down 30 Seats.

We need only 10 more. We’re gonna do it.

The Dog thinks its way to sooon to come out with this list…..

And believes that the Democrats will keep the House…just bearly…There has not been an a loss of seats by one party of the magnitude you are predicting for a long time….

The Dog also believes that the Healthcare Bill will NOT be such a big deal by the fall…..

Oh, Yea…..Obama is gonna get a bump in the polls on passage of the Bill…

We’ll see…..

March 20, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Updates | , | 10 Comments

The Black and Hispanic Caucuses will back the Healthcare Bill…….

Sometimes it is better to be able to be standing with the ‘Winner’….. than to be in the corner complaining……

From the Hill…..

The leader of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) said Friday that the vast majority of its members would vote for healthcare legislation this weekend.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the 32-member caucus, joined members of the Black Caucus on Friday to make clear that they would back the House health reform bill before a highly anticipated vote this weekend.

“This is an important moment in our history,” Lee said during a press conference on Capitol Hill. “When all is said and done, the Congressional Black Caucus has stood firm, has worked with our leadership — and worked with our leadership on many, many provisions — to ensure the vast majority of the CBC can support this bill.”

The CBC’s endorsement comes a day after the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) announced it would back the healthcare bill, a key endorsement amid immigration concerns.

Some members of the caucus had wavered in support of the legislation, in part due to concerns that it doesn’t go far enough or provide enough assistance to minority communities that are disproportionately affected by the healthcare crisis.

Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.) has said he would vote against his party’s healthcare bill, while Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) had said he also opposed the bill, only to quickly backtrack and label himself “undecided.”

The Hispanic Cauacus is also on board…..

President Barack Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) secured a critical bloc of healthcare votes on Thursday when the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) announced its support.

Half a dozen members of the CHC held a news conference to announce their support. They were unhappy with language that barred illegal immigrants from accessing the public health insurance exchanges. More than a dozen had threatened to vote against the Senate bill and its companion reconciliation package. The House healthcare bill, which passed by two votes, won the support of every member of the Hispanic Caucus.

Ultimately, the lawmakers determined the fight for the immigration language was not worth killing the broader package. And at least one said his vote came after President Barack Obama this week assured him that he would push for a broad immigration overhaul.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), who previously stated he would vote against the bill, said at the news conference that he changed his mind after having a series of conversations with Obama during which the president renewed his commitment to immigration reform.Gutierrez was joined by Democratic Reps. Charles Gonzalez (Texas), Nydia Velazquez (N.Y.), Xavier Becerra (Calif.), Joe Baca (Calif.) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (Calif.) at the news conference.

Hispanic Democrats said they decided to strengthen their own cause and the president’s hand by helping him attain a major victory. They also said they have set the stage for addressing the public-exchange issue after the healthcare bill becomes law.

“I’ve been a legislator for 35 years,” said Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.). “Once you have a law on the books, you can amend it as time goes on.”

Gutierrez said he would let Obama announce the details of his immigration reform commitment.

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March 19, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Virgina Attorney General Cuccinelli is a mess……..

He alone… is going to challenge the House Democrats method of concurrently voting on the Healthcare package while the Senate votes……..

This guy has got a head too sizes to big…….

Him against the United States Congress…..

This from Jonathan Singer @ MyDD.Com…….

Earlier today on MSNBC, Virginia’s ultra conservative Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (don’t say we didn’twarn you about him a long time ago) explained why he believes the self-executing rule by which the House intends to pass the healthcare reform legislation already approved by the Senate at the same time as it passes a reconciliation bill fixing the Senate legislation is unconstitutional. I have already written about how this argument is more or less bunk. But it’s worth adding that listening to Cuccinneli speak, it’s not clear that he understands at all what a self-executing rule entails. Here’s what he had to say:

They can do a number of procedural things to vote on it in ways that might be different than usual. But ultimately the record has to reflect that the Members of the House are voting on the same language — even if they vote on something else at the same time, perhaps (that’s an angle that we hear batted around) — as the Senate bill.

What Cuccinelli highlights as a constitutionally sound mechanism of voting is in effect exactly what the House intends to do — hold a majority vote on both the Senate bill as well as fixes to the Senate bill at the same time. As leading Congressional scholar Thomas Mann recently put it, such a rule would “make clear that the vote on the reconciliation package is in effect also a vote on the underlying Senate bill.”

So if Cuccinelli intends to file suit, he might want to brush up on the legislative rule he’s claiming to be improper.

March 19, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | 5 Comments