Democrats Search for Solution to Avoid Doubling of Student Loan Interest Rates

By: Wednesday April 4, 2012 8:15 am

Leading Democrats and the White House have taken note of the threat of a doubling of the student loan interest rate by June 30 (from 3.4% to 6.8%), and are working on steps to prevent it. However, they have to contend with a stingy House GOP that isn’t interested in finding the $6 billion or [...]

Another One Out? Lieberman Could Announce Retirement Tomorrow

By: Tuesday January 18, 2011 1:17 pm

What we know for sure is that Joe Lieberman will announce his intentions on 2012 and re-election at an event in Connecticut tomorrow. What we don’t know for sure is what he’ll say, but insiders in Connecticut from both parties think he’ll retire. Republican operative Kevin Rennie: United States Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) is expected [...]

Now That There’s A “Deal,” Will Anyone Accept It?

By: Thursday January 14, 2010 3:23 pm

The White House negotiated this excise tax deal directly with labor; Jim Messina was the lead negotiator on the White House side. The House and Senate were working on their own issues and not necessarily involved in this. Richard Trumka said on the call that he had been assured that the House and Senate signed [...]

Peter DeFazio: “I think the Senate bill is a disaster.”

By: Wednesday January 13, 2010 3:00 am

Democrats in the House of Representatives yesterday soundly criticized a health care reform bill they felt was being imposed on them by the Senate, and if they are to be believed, the chances for a smooth reconciliation and passage of a finished product is far from assured, and perhaps on life support. Mike Stark, FDL’s [...]

Rep. Joe Courtney: I Have 190 Democrats Against the Tax On “Cadillac” Health Insurance Plans

By: Wednesday January 6, 2010 10:25 am

On a conference call put together by the Economic Policy Institute, Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) said that he has the signatures of 190 Democrats on a letter opposed to the excise tax on high-end “Cadillac” insurance plans, and that stopping this tax was the “#1 priority” of the House of Representatives as they move to [...]

Medicaid Expansion Out?

By: Tuesday December 8, 2009 1:53 pm

You can view these “deals” in the Senate on health care as similar to a wave. We hear about them at the crest of the wave, and sometimes they sound pretty good. Then the wave crashes. While some are celebrating the newest public option compromise as a solution to the political deadlock on Capitol Hill, [...]

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