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Quote of the Day – Stock Politician Statement #7

“Congressman Weiner departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person. In light of that, he will request a short leave of absence from the House of Representatives so that he can get evaluated and map out a course of treatment to make himself well.”

Weiner spokeswoman, Risa Heller

What clinic treats Twitter stupidity?

From Andrew Leonard in this morning’s Salon:

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Democrats concede: the tax cut deal passes

Angry House members bow to the same political reality that forced Obama to bend the knee…


So this is what bipartisan unity looks like. Rush Limbaugh and Nancy Pelosi agree on at least one thing — they really, really didn’t want to pass Obama’s tax cut deal. But in the end, House Democrats bowed to the same reality that brought the White House to the bargaining table — after the thumping of the midterm elections, they had no leverage to cut a good deal.So after a very long day, with the clock about to strike midnight on the east coast, Democrats and Republicans joined together to approve the deal, by a handy margin, 277-148 The final vote was not, however, as overwhelming as the Senate’s 81-19 total. 111 Democrat representatives dissented, and they did not look like happy campers, as the stood, arms folded across their chests, as the final votes were tallied.

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Excuse me while I puke… this sucks!

The House can still block War Funding.

Current article at War is a (used to be called After Downing Street):
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War Funding Going to House

The Senate has passed an almost $60 billion bill funding President Barack Obama’s troop surge in Afghanistan after stripping out more than $20 billion in domestic spending approved by the House.
In a take-it-or-leave-it gesture, the Senate is returning the bill it passed in May to the House.
The spending bill is now limited chiefly to Afghanistan funding, foreign aid, medical care for Vietnam War veterans exposed to Agent Orange, and replenishing almost empty disaster aid accounts.
The move repels a long-shot bid by House Democrats earlier this month to resurrect their faltering jobs agenda with $10 billion in grants to school districts to avoid teacher layoffs, money for a summer jobs program and improved security along the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Saturday Sports: Basketball? No… The House of Representatives.

OK… while many are watching the NCAA Basketball games, I’ll be watching the big sports action of the weekend: The Health Care bill in the House of Representatives.

CSPAN is showing BOTH the debates in the House and the Reconciliation Bill debate in the House Rules Committee (on CSPAN 2). The major players will all be out there, making the points or stalling to try and get the bill bogged down. Whatever happens today will determine what gets voted on tomorrow.

I’ll watch the Republicans push as many misstatements and lies as possible, challenge every rule and try to get this put off (the first Repub to speak at the Rules Committee meeting suggested how, if the Dems tried to be bipartisan, we could really get somewhere… in six years!)  I’ll watch the Dems restate every point to make it clear (and I understand at some time today all the House Dems are being called into a meeting at the White House today to get their energy up) and try to end run the Repubs whenever possible. How could Basketball even compare?

This will probably run well into the night tonite… time to get out the popcorn and keep abreast of the various blogs that will be commenting on every play.

Excitement and entertainment abound.

Obama is putting off his trip to the Pacific in order to get health care through…

Having once delayed the trip by a few days, President Obama this morning decided to put off the trip until June because the Health Care bill passage and his influence on it have prior importance.

This information, combined with the release of figures from the Congressional Budget Office which show that the Health-care reform bill cuts deficit by $1.3 trillion over 20 years, makes the debate going on in the House of Representatives even more poignant. It is expected that it will be voted in on Sunday.

Needless to say, this has caused an increase energy among Republicans to attack the methods being used to pass the bill, to lie about the results of the bill, and to try anything possible to keep it from going through.

It makes C-Span one of the most exciting games in town.

This from Chris Bowers at OPEN LEFT:

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The Democratic leadership in the House is in the final stages of putting together their health care reform bill.  As I already mentioned, they are meeting at 2:45 p.m. eastern, to go over the whip counts, and determine what sort of public option to include in the bill.


We will know their decision for certain at 10 a.m., eastern, tomorrow morning.  This is because, according to an email sent to Democrats on Capitol Hill today, “Speaker Pelosi, Leadership and Members of the House Democratic Caucus” are holding “an event tomorrow on health insurance reform” at 10 a.m. at the West Front of the US Capitol.

That event can only mean one thing: they are unveiling the bill which they will send to the floor. The odds are not great that they will include the Medicare +5% public option, but we are still giving it one last shot anyway.

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Guess we’ll see where the House is going to fit with the Senate. Not sure how their Public Option will look… but it seems to get a little weaker every day.

Single-Payer going to House Floor for Vote

The Weiner Amendment made it through the Waxman committee last night. Pelosi has committed a floor vote on it if it is withdrawn from the Economics and Commerce Committee draft, Now Single-Payer has a guaranteed House vote on the final draft of the bill.

Here’s Waxman to Weiner:

Over 50,000 voter faxes got this to happen. More will have to be done to get the whole House to vote this in. Get on the FAX mailing list HERE.

Robert Reich on The Future of Universal Healthcare

In his Sunday blog, Reich pointed out that if the House goes on vacation without passing ANYTHING on the health care front (the Senate has already said it won’t) then we’ll end up stuck with something called “universal health insurance” as opposed to Universal Health Care.

Check it out HERE.

At the end of the article, Reich gives us this MUST DO statement:

Finally, you, dear reader, must contact your senators and representatives and explain why you want genuine reform… Mobilize and energize others to do the same, especially residents of Blue Dog states, including Montana where Senate Finance Chief Max Baucus resides. And if you’re able and willing I’d urge you to descend on Washington the moment Congress returns from recess. There is nothing quite as persuasive to a member of Congress as real live constituent demanding real reform.

This is the kind of statement that makes me really like Reich!