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15 Oct 2009

Stage Set For Climate And Energy Bill In The Senate

It may seem like it, but the health care bill is not the only major piece of legislation Congress is trying to pass this year. The House has already approved climate and energy legislation, and now the Senate is actually ramping up their version of the bill, with hearings later

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15 Oct 2009

Dems Keep Reconciliation Option Open

October 15 is actually an important day in the health care debate. When the Democrats wrote budget reconciliation instructions earlier this year, they designated October 15 as the first date for when they could decide on using the reconciliation process to pass health care reform, instead of a process subject

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15 Oct 2009

NJ-Gov: Biden And Obama To Stump For Corzine; Daggett The Key

Jon Corzine will get both the President and the Vice President to campaign for him in the final weeks of his re-election battle against Republican Chris Christie and Independent Chris Daggett. After word came yesterday that President Obama would hit the campaign trail, Vice President Biden followed suit today, with

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15 Oct 2009

Health Care Fiscal Scolds Have An Option: Allow Importation Of Prescription Drugs

One of the few amendments that may actually pass a 60-vote threshold on the floor of the Senate would be Byron Dorgan’s push to allow the safe importation of cheaper prescription drugs from abroad. Americans are charged more for medications than any country in the world, and this amendment would

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15 Oct 2009

Obama Wants To Extend $250 Bonus for Seniors – A Stimulus By Inches

Today, the Administration released the news that there would be no cost of living adjustment for Social Security for the first time since 1975. Inflation is negative (down 2.1% year-over-year), and the COLA is pegged to inflation. To make up for this, and also to help seniors bear the brunt

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15 Oct 2009

IA-Sen: Will Grassley Get a Top-Tier Challenger?

Charles Grassley was the designated kamikaze pilot for the Republicans on health care reform, doing whatever he could to tarnish and delay the process. The threats came entirely from his right, because no credible opponent had announced to run against his re-election effort on the Democratic side in 2010, while

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