Key Democrat: Keystone Pipeline Rider to Be Axed from Transportation Bill

By: Friday May 18, 2012 10:56 am

Right now, talks are continuing on a House-Senate conference committee on the surface transportation bill, which provides federal funding, paid for mostly by the gas tax, to highway and mass transit projects across the country. Congress has kicked this bill down the road many times, and the House and Senate versions of the bill vary [...]

Royalty Fees for Leaking Oil?

By: Friday June 4, 2010 7:35 am

BP managed to secure the containment dome over the leaking well last night, but that has not yet resulted in the capture of much oil. Black stuff continued to gush out of the sides beyond the dome, and while some oil may be flowing up the dome to a waiting tanker, it’s unclear how much [...]

Scott Murphy To Vote Yes, Rumors Of A Fallback Stupak Deal

By: Friday March 19, 2010 3:19 pm

The topline news is that Scott Murphy, who has gone back and forth on health care, has come out in favor of the legislation. Murphy was a No last time. His vote makes it 7 Democrats who voted against the bill last time coming around to voting for it this time. That means that Democrats [...]

Endgame: Deal with Stupak Bloc Discussed That Would Guarantee Passage of Health Care Bill

By: Friday March 19, 2010 9:53 am

Nothing looks confirmed at the moment. But the moment House leaders reach agreement with elements of the Stupak bloc is the moment I stop ding whip counts. Because then, health care passes without too much trouble. And what’s the deal? A future, standalone vote on the Stupak amendment, in the House and the Senate. At [...]

Doyle, Rahall Moving To Yes On Health Care?

By: Tuesday March 16, 2010 1:49 pm

Chris Bowers has been doing some pretty good analysis of my whip counts, freeing me up to focus on the votes. But he’s waded into that territory as well, highlighting two possible vote-flippers. Of the two, Mike Doyle telling The Hill he’s likely a Yes sounds right. Doyle comes from a D+18 district in the [...]

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