Biden’s Admission on the 14th Amendment Actually a BFD

By: Tuesday August 2, 2011 10:47 am

The bombshell dropped alongside the debt limit deal yesterday, aside from Gabrielle Giffords’ return to Congress, was Joe Biden telling a group of House Democrats that the President was prepared to “invoke the 14th Amendment” in the event of the debt limit failing to pass. I’m not sure entirely what he means by that, but [...]

Jim McGovern: “Think We Could Be Going for Permanent Bases” in Afghanistan

By: Monday June 20, 2011 10:16 am

The Obama Administration may be looking at a “return on investment” type of theory in figuring out how many troops to withdraw from Afghanistan this July. After the successes in degrading Al Qaeda, the need for a large force in the country has become less apparent. As the Obama administration nears a crucial decision on [...]

Rep. John Garamendi on Afghanistan: Without a Withdrawal Plan, “There’s Going to Be a Revolt” in Congress

By: Friday June 3, 2011 9:56 am

In addition to seeking counsel on Medicare and taxes, House Democrats pressed President Obama yesterday in that White House meeting on Afghanistan. Because of deficit hysteria or Anthony’s Weiner or whatever, we don’t hear a lot about Afghanistan. But Democrats are united in their concern that we are muddling through a war without a strategy [...]

Boehner Resolution Forces President to Write Term Paper About Libya

By: Friday June 3, 2011 6:45 am

John Boehner was in a tough spot. On the one hand, Dennis Kucinich offered a privileged resolution on Libya that could only be delayed and not quashed, and as the vote-counting proceeded, looked like it could pass. At the same time, Boehner appears to be enamored of war as a general rule. At the same [...]

Obama Administration Threatens Veto of Defense Bill Over Redefinition of AUMF

By: Tuesday May 24, 2011 2:38 pm

President Obama has threatened to veto the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) if it includes, as the House bill does, an effort to update the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force to create a virtually open-ended war against anyone deemed to be a terrorist regardless of connection to Al Qaeda or the [...]

First Post-bin Laden Vote on Afghanistan War Coming on Defense Authorization Bill

By: Friday May 13, 2011 6:10 am

Lawmakers in the House will get their first opportunity soon to vote up or down on continuing the Afghanistan war since the death of Osama bin Laden. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which will eventually fund $690 billion for the Pentagon and ongoing war operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, passed the House Armed Services [...]

Reid to Introduce Clean CR at Current Levels as Government Shutdown Looms

By: Tuesday February 22, 2011 9:45 am

We know what Republicans want out of a continuing resolution – deep cuts and policy changes that would block just about the entire Obama agenda of the first two years. Now we know precisely what Democrats want, at least in the short term. Harry Reid will introduce a “clean” continuing resolution next week that will [...]

What’s Up in Congress: Government Shutdown Appears Likely

By: Friday February 18, 2011 7:20 am

I’ve been so distracted by Wisconsin that I haven’t kept an eye on events in Washington. But some things are happening. First, the House disposed of a three-month extension of key provisions of the Patriot Act, which was negotiated down from a year in the Senate earlier this week. So that goes to the President, [...]

House Democrats Want No More Food Stamp Cuts in Child Nutrition Bill

By: Wednesday August 11, 2010 6:15 am

House progressives, angered by the continued chipping away of the federal food stamp program as a pay-for in various bills, are taking a stand with the child nutrition bill, which the Senate passed before leaving for their August recess. That bill paid for increases to the federal school lunch program with food stamp cuts, essentially [...]

114 No Votes to Afghan War Funding: Something to Build On

By: Wednesday July 28, 2010 6:50 am

The final roll call for the war supplemental, which passed the House yesterday without key domestic spending, is here. 102 Democrats and 12 Republicans voted against the bill, and while a few of those Republicans probably voted no because of the meager non-war spending in there (because nobody needs Gulf Coast disaster and flooding relief, [...]

As Insurers Game the Medical Loss Ratio, Key Members of Congress Weigh Steps to Fight Back

By: Tuesday July 27, 2010 8:06 am

Last week, we heard a disturbing report about insurance companies attempting to sabotage the medical loss ratio, a percentage put into the Affordable Care Act that requires insurers to spend 80-85% of premium revenue on actual medical treatment rather than administrative costs, marketing, overhead, executive salaries and profit. Insurers want to reclassify all kinds of [...]

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