House Passes Health Care Repeal, Again

By: Wednesday July 11, 2012 1:49 pm

The House succeeded in passing a repeal of the Affordable Care Act today, by a vote of 244-185. This is, according to House Republicans, the 33rd time they have repealed some or all of the law in the 112th Congress. Five Democrats voted with the majority Republicans to repeal the bill. All of them had [...]

Romney Camp Agrees that Individual Mandate Not a Tax

By: Monday July 2, 2012 9:35 am

I think there’s a lot of reason to be concerned about the loss of Medicaid benefits for millions of low-income Americans in conservative-leaning states. I don’t think there’s much reason to be concerned about this propaganda about the Affordable Care Act being the “largest tax increase in history.” First of all, it isn’t. The mandate [...]

Congress Reacts to Supreme Court Upholding Affordable Care Act

By: Thursday June 28, 2012 8:47 am

Why don’t I just throw up some reactions from political leaders and stakeholders here. First of all, on the Republican side. They are ready to vote in Congress to repeal the entire law as soon as the week of July 9: House Republicans will respond to the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding President Barack Obama’s health [...]

Ways and Means Committee Chair: Health Care Repeal “Is Dead”

By: Thursday May 5, 2011 8:35 am

So, health care repeal was always dead. There was never a chance that Republicans would have the numbers over the next two years, and probably beyond that given the current super-majority function in the Senate, to repeal the bill. But Rep. Dave Camp said it out loud today. Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the [...]

Striking Lightning Twice: Why House Republicans Would Pass a Debt Limit Bill Under an Open Rule

By: Thursday April 14, 2011 9:05 am

The expectation that the 2011 budget deal will pass today got better when Rand Paul announced he wouldn’t filibuster the bill. Harry Reid shortly thereafter announced he had secured a unanimous consent agreement to move forward on it. We finally know the limits of Rand Paul’s ideology: “If you’re going to lose the battle and [...]

CBO: Health Care Will Reduce Job Lock

By: Friday February 11, 2011 7:31 am

I’m sure you’re going to hear a lot from the right about this, but somehow I think it’ll be misapplied: CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf told the House Budget Committee on Thursday that the health care law will reduce employment by 0.5 percent by 2021 because some people will no longer have to work just to [...]

Health Care Repeal, 1099 Fix Votes Up Today

By: Wednesday February 2, 2011 8:44 am

We should see a vote in the Senate on repealing the Affordable Care Act today, although a decision on how to approach it is still being worked out. Because of the lack of Senate rules reform, any amendment is subject to filibuster as well. However, my understanding is that the amendment on repeal violates the [...]

Republicans Will Seek Health Care Repeal as Amendment to FAA Bill

By: Tuesday February 1, 2011 11:38 am

We found out yesterday that the “gentlemen’s agreement” held for the first vote in the Senate. When Harry Reid sought unanimous consent to debate the FAA authorization bill, Republicans did not object, meaning that they did not force Reid to file a cloture vote on the motion to proceed. Similarly, Reid announced that he would [...]

Senate Rules Changes to Get Votes, Without Hope of Passage

By: Wednesday January 26, 2011 11:30 am

Elements of the failed Senate rules reform effort will get a vote as soon as tomorrow, including the “talking filibuster” proposal. Backers concede that they don’t even have 50 votes for passage, let alone the 67 that would likely be needed to pass any rule change. This would be the way in which the fairly [...]

Multiple Angles to Spending Debates in Congress

By: Friday January 21, 2011 9:29 am

The showdown over spending in the new Congress is proving to be quite fascinating, with mini-dramas on all sides. It’s important to keep in mind with all of this, however, that these debates concern real people and real jobs. As we know, there are roughly three hostage-taking events for Republicans to use to force massive [...]

Health Care Repeal Passes, Now the De-Funding Strategy Begins

By: Thursday January 20, 2011 6:00 am

In case you missed it, the House passed their health care repeal PR stunt, 245-189. Only three Democrats – Mike Ross, Mike McIntyre and Dan Boren – broke with their party on the vote, far less than expected. This puts the Republicans 45 votes short of a 2/3 majority needed to override a promised veto, [...]

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