But they’ll bring it up again…
This from the Herald Mail:
- US Sen Schumer: ‘No Way’ Senate Will Vote To Repeal Health Law (forexlive.com)
- Repeal Of Affordable Care Act Falls 13 Votes Short In Senate (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Senate votes on Affordable Care Act repeal: Rejects it (dailykos.com)
- GOP senators force vote on health law repeal – Washington Times (news.google.com)
- “All Senate Republicans appear ready to repeal health care law” and related posts (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Senate Republicans forcing a vote on health law (boston.com)
If you were one of the 50,000 people across the country who signed the online petition (and made comments as well) from the Bold Progressives (Progressive Campaign Change Committee), then here are the names and comments being presented to Senator Harry Reid in Nevada:
I often wonder if all the petitions I sign with progressive groups really get through. I guess they do.
- How McConnell Could Force a Repeal Vote (politicalwire.com)
- How the GOP could force a repeal vote in the Senate (firstread.msnbc.msn.com)
- Senate fight looms after House healthcare repeal – Los Angeles Times (news.google.com)
Both the Senate and the House (finally) passed the health bill for 9/11 first responders and it was sent to the White House for Obama‘s signature. The Senate was unanimous (after offices of Senator Coburn and others were stormed by 9/11 first responders this morning.) The House took very little time to pass it… and now it’s going to be law. It looks like the Republicans were “shamed” into coming in on this after tromping it the other day.
The Senate also finished up with and passed the START arms reduction treaty with Russia by a 71-to-26 vote. The treaty had needed at least two-thirds support for passage.
The President signed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell bill that was passed yesterday.
I’ll bet Mitch McConnell will have to agree with Lindsey Graham that Harry Reid has “eaten our lunch.” And the President, at his Press Conference this afternoon said “we are not doomed to endless gridlock.”
Today, Obama and the Democrats lived up to their word. They maintained their focus and, despite the agreement on the Tax Cuts, brought in the majority of their bills. It’s going to be a Happy Holiday for Democrats.
- The case of Lindsey Graham’s missing lunch (washingtonmonthly.com)
- Nuclear treaty reignites Senate bickering (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Senate Passes Food Safety Bill Again; Sets Final Vote for New START (news.firedoglake.com)
- House & Senate Pass 9/11 Health Bill, Senate Ratifies START Treaty (themoderatevoice.com)
- Nuclear treaty another victory for President (nationalpost.com)
- US Senate approves New START (rt.com)
- GOP senators help arms pact clear hurdle (washingtontimes.com)
- START Treaty Passed By Senate (alan.com)
I guess I don’t either. I spent an hour or so watching them debate the START treaty this afternoon… actually debating an amendment or two which are NOT going to get on the bill (they’ll be voting on amendments at 3:00… that’s when I’ll turn it on again)… and was amazed at how frightening it is to have politicians control nuclear weapons. I had to turn the TV off while Senator Kyl was trying to find things to blame Obama on in this treaty… and, of course, to complain about being forced to work when they should be home celebrating Christmas.
Will they get this through by tomorrow or Tuesday? We’ll see. The Republicans are great stallers here and want to take up as much time as possible (and there are some judicial appointments that are taking up space in the Senate minutes as well) and perhaps we will have to leave until the January term begins and the Dems have less Senators and no control on the House. As Driftglass told Bluegal on their on-line broadcast Wednesday, the Republicans are hostage taking thugs that will use all kinds of crap to make important legislation either die or get watered way down. They hold our security hostage and the Dems and Obama are knuckling under. Do you hear the alarm going off?
I didn’t notice if Manchin has shown up today, but I’m not sure it matters. I hate to say it, but I think everything has been pre-decided. We’ll find out when the votes are over, but I don’t think we’ll be surprised.
- McConnell Will Oppose START Treaty, But Two Top Lawmakers Predict Passage (politicsdaily.com)
- Parties at Odds on START Treaty Support (online.wsj.com)
- Senate Republican Leader to Oppose Missile Treaty – New York Times (news.google.com)
- McConnell: I can’t support START; Update: Deal reached on budget (hotair.com)
- Senate votes down McCain amendment to the START treaty (cnn.com)
- Senators clash on arms treaty as pressure grows (reuters.com)
- In letter to Senate, Obama says New START pact won’t limit missile defense – Washington Post (news.google.com)
- US Senate rejects bid to kill Russia treaty (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Obama invokes Reagan to push START treaty (reuters.com)
- START Treaty Wins Backing of GOP Senators Snowe, Collins (politicsdaily.com)
- Congress rushes to finish bills before holidays (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
So the score so far today is Democrats 1 (Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is voted out), Republicans 1 (Dream act voted down… actually, it didn’t get passed the 61 vote filibuster requirement). Tomorrow they will be debating and maybe voting on the START treaty… whoever wins on that one will break the score.
- DADT Breaks Filibuster (talkingpointsmemo.com)
- Cloture Vote on DADT Repeal Passes 63-33 (themoderatevoice.com)
- So Is DADT History? (talkingpointsmemo.com)
- Six GOP-ers push DADT over the top (politico.com)
- Fate of DADT and DREAM Act decided today (dailykos.com)
It’s been snowing steadily since nine this morning and, while the dogs love walking around in it, I’m looking for reasons to stay inside today. One of those reasons is to watch the Senate debate the START treaty, which is not even close to the action in the tax cut extension debates earlier on, and flipping back to the House of Representatives who nearly completed debate on the rule for taxes when Rep. McGovern (D-MA) pulled the bill off the floor. Lawmakers are uncertain if they have enough votes to bring the tax bill to the floor.
Before the debate on the tax bill starts, the House first needs to pass the rule on how the debate and votes will go, with a simple majority vote. If the rule passes, the will be three hours of general debate and one amendment to change the inheritance tax provisions in the bill. For the last two hours, though, nothing has happened and the House is now out. The Democrats were supposed to go into a closed meeting, but the word from CSpan is that the Closed Meeting has been delayed. Whether or not they come back this evening, I don’t know.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, which the House voted to end yesterday, went the to Senate and lost. The Senate has failed to get past a roadblock on a bill that would repeal the policy banning gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military. The procedural vote failed, 57-40, and was mostly along party lines. Sixty votes were needed to move forward.
- Panic at the Disco?: Tax Bill Pulled From House Floor (nicedeb.wordpress.com)
- Democrats hold up tax bill consideration (dontmesswithtaxes.typepad.com)
- Tax cut deal hits “bump” in House (dailykos.com)
- Senate prepares to vote on tax-cut extension (abclocal.go.com)
- Kyl Still Trying to Kill Treaty (politicalwire.com)
“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”
I’m having a morning of amusing television watching the House of Representatives on C-Span debate the extension of the Bush Tax Cuts. Well, right now they are debating the rules by which they will debate the subject (which is funny enough in and of itself).
The Democrats are pushing to extend the cuts to 98% of Americans who earn less than $250,000 a year while restoring the taxes on Millionaires and Billionaires. Republicans are threatening a standoff… either give tax cuts to everyone, including the wealthy, or have the vote held up and watch it die in the Senate.
The republicans are, essentially, wasting as much time as possible with the goal of getting into the next Congress and passing return to the Bush tax cuts as a return legislative move.
Of course, the thing that would work now is the Democrats in the House pushing this through and the Senate finding two Republican votes to get the filibuster-ending 60 votes which would pass the legislation before everyone trots home for Christmas.
Is this likely to happen? Probably not. There is also the notion that the President has already agreed to a temporary extension for everyone and the wealthy would be taxed again a couple of years down the road. With change in control of the House, this would be highly unlikely…the Republicans, supporting the wealthy, would seek permanence of the extension.
While a fifteen minute vote on the first House rule is going on in the House, I switch to the Senate to listen to Byron Dorgan (D – North Dakota) compare the untaxed Wealthy with the middle class soldiers who get up this morning to get shot at by Afghanistanis. I don’t think anyone is listening (the Senate floor seems to be empty). I’m often curious if Senate speeches accomplish anything at all.
Back to the House where Democrats are voting for the rule and Republicans are voting against it. Surprise, surprise. Wouldn’t it be amazing if Congressfolk voted according to actual values rather than party lines?
- “McConnell warns of filibuster on tax bill” and related posts (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Republicans Hold the Power on Tax Cuts (politicalwire.com)
- Republicans threaten gridlock unless Obama extends tax cuts for wealthy. (calgaryherald.com)
- Senate Democrats and GOP In Legislative Ditch Over Tax Cuts (politics.blogs.foxnews.com)
- Tax Battle Begins with No Democratic Consensus (news.firedoglake.com)
- Americans Deeply Divided Over Tax-Cut Extensions (dailyfinance.com)
- You: Economic Scene: In Tax Cuts, the Options Run Short (nytimes.com)
- House to Vote Thursday on Tax Cuts (thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com)
- House to vote on fate of Bush-era tax cuts (msnbc.msn.com)
- Senate GOP Unanimously Pledges to Filibuster All Bills Until Dems Agree to Tax Cuts and a Budget (minx.cc)
- Do Tax Cuts Help The Economy? (seeingtheforest.com)
- Dave Johnson: Do Tax Cuts Help The Economy? (huffingtonpost.com)
- Franken Unplugged (talkingpointsmemo.com)
- Franken stumps in Delaware for Chris Coons (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- University of Minnesota Press Launches Newest Book – This Is Not Florida: How Al Franken Won the Minnesota Senate Recount (eon.businesswire.com)
- Al Franken presents the “ditch” speech (salon.com)
We’re entering the last week before the November 2nd election and Tim Kaine, the Democratic Party Chair, is seeing advanced Democratic presence in the states where there is early voting… especially in Nevada… which does not seem to equal the current poll of Independents who are leaning Republican.
The President is crossing the country again making even more campaign support speeches for Democrats and the concern seems to be not with Independents, but to make sure a majority of registered Democrats from the 2008 victory come out to vote.
We seem to be having a large Democratic turnout in the Jefferson County, WV, early voting… including Elly and me… but I know from the past that Jefferson County is more liberal than most of the state and often presents a different result. Hopefully, however, Governor Manchin will take the Senate if people realize what a danger Raese is to the state. WE can hope… the polls are too close.
I encourage all the Democrats out there (and all the Independents who have not been suckered in by the Tea Party/Republican positions and statements) to vote and vote early if possible (in my state you have Early Voting until Thursday.) There is too much left to do to bring the Country back from the 8-year Bush destructiveness. There is no need to dig the hole deeper.
- Will Republicans Take Control Of Congress In Midterm Elections? Michael Steele, Tim Kaine Debate GOP ‘Wave’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Tim Kaine: Democrats will keep control of the House (crooksandliars.com)
- “Republican, Democratic party chiefs see victory in battle for the House” and related posts (blogs.reuters.com)
- Tim Kaine Urgently Calls Out Democratic Base (politicsdaily.com)
- Democratic Chairman Kaine sees Sen. Reid victory (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
Here are the most asked-about votes of 2010 with links to how your lawmakers voted:
1. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Reconciliation
Passed (56-43, 1 Not Voting)
The Senate passed the final version of a bill to overhaul the nation’s health care system in March using a procedure known as reconciliation, which allows the Senate to bypass a filibuster with a simple majority.
The bill mandates that individuals buy health insurance with exceptions for certain religious groups and those who cannot afford coverage. Those who do not buy insurance will be subject to a tax.
Under the bill, beginning in 2014 insurance companies cannot deny coverage based on pre-existing medical conditions, and cannot drop coverage of people who become ill. In addition, a section of the bill makes the federal government the sole originator of student loans.
2. Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
Agreed to (60-39)
The Senate passed the final version of the financial regulation reform legislation in July. The bill creates new regulatory procedures to assess risks posed by large financial institutions and facilitate the orderly dissolution of failing firms that pose a threat to the economy.
It will also create a new federal agency to oversee consumer financial products, bring the derivatives market under significant federal regulation and give shareholders and regulators greater say on executive pay.
3. Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act
Agreed to (61-39)
The Senate passed this bill in August to provide $16.1 billion to extend increased Medicaid assistance to states and $10 billion in funding for states to create or retain teachers’ jobs. The cost of the programs will be offset by changing foreign tax provisions, ending increased food stamp benefits beginning in April 2014 and rescinding previously enacted spending.
4. Nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court
The Senate confirmed Elena Kagan to be an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in August. The former dean of Harvard Law School, Kagan had served as Obama’s solicitor general since March of 2009 and was the first woman to hold the position. She replaced Justice John Paul Stevens, who had been appointed by President Gerald Ford in 1975.
5. 2011 Defense Authorization, Cloture
Rejected (56-43, 1 Not Voting)
The Senate rejected this attempt to start debate on the 2011 Defense spending bill, which would authorize $725.7 billion in discretionary funding for defense programs. The bill would have also repealed a 1993 law that codified the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy banning military service by openly gay men and women.
- Honoring Elena Kagan (whitehouse.gov)
- Majority Of Senators Backing Elena Kagan On Eve Of Final Supreme Court Confirmation Vote (huffingtonpost.com)
“I’ve got Sean Hannity in my back pocket, and I can go on his show and raise money by attacking you guys.”
On Hannity’s popular afternoon drive-time show, the Tea Party-inspired Senate contender acidly criticized the party, specifically the National Republican Senatorial Committee, for not funneling any serious cash (beyond a pro forma $43,000) into her race against Democrat Chris Coons.
- Christine O’Donnell Warns Republican Bigwigs “I’ve got Sean Hannity in my back pocket” (themoderatevoice.com)
- Did Christine O’Donnell lie to Hannity? (crooksandliars.com)
- Christine O’Donnell On Hannity: “Not Going To Do Any More National Media” (mediaite.com)
- Christine O’Donnell Slams NRSC’s Lack Of Support After Her Debate With Coons (mediaite.com)
- New Poll Gives Gillibrand Big Lead In N.Y. Senate Race (blogs.wsj.com)
- Polls: Gillibrand, Schumer Keep Senate Leads (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- “Quietly: NY Senate race goes into play as Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand maintains small lead over Joe DioGuardi” and related posts (leftcoastrebel.com)
“Frankly we haven’t done our jobs well here in Washington and that disturbs me. There’s all this partisanship and polization, and ultimately it yields two outcomes: either scorched-earth victory for one side or political stagnation.”
– Senator Olympia Snowe (R – ME)
Does that mean you are upset with your own, uncooperative Party?
- Tea Party Targets More Senators in ’12 (online.wsj.com)
- Sen. Olympia Snowe Condemns Tea Party Rise in GOP (theroot.com)
- Olympia Snowe Is Sad – Soon She May Be A Democrat (alan.com)
- ME-Sen: Yes, Olympia, your days as a Republican are numbered (dailykos.com)
- The Senate Is the Problem (motherjones.com)
This is the kind of job to have. Be elected to maintain and improve our Nation, get swamped by letters and blogs and broadcasters from the great majority of Americans pleading with you to attend to the problems, blame each other for doing nothing, and go home to campaign for office again. On top of that, you get paid pretty well to do all of this.
I am disgusted with Congress, both the people I voted for and trusted and supported and the people I already expected this crap from. As I have said in previous posts, we seem to have no system that works to really keep this political joke from being told. Voters seem to have no real control… that control is granted (and now endorsed by the Supreme Court) to major corporations and foreign countries.
Will questions be raised in the next month of campaigning which will find truth in what a candidate will actually stand for, actually DO? Is honesty too much to ask for? If candidates are prepared to spend outrageous amounts of their own money to shut opponents out of the media (Linda McMahon has pledged to spend $50 Million of her own dough in CT, a state where a Senate election used to find $13 Million as outrageous), will we find out what they would hope to accomplish when (not if) elected?
I doubt it sincerely. And yet, if I decide not to vote, I am paying into the problem. What choices remain? Think back to a country founded by patriots who saw the domination of money (ie: the British Government and The King) and power as a threat to their lives and freedom. What would they say if they saw us today?
- Tax Cut Extension in Limbo as Lawmakers Skip Town (politics.blogs.foxnews.com)
- And They’re Out! Congress Flees D.C. to Campaign for 2010 Election (politics.usnews.com)
- And they’re out! Congress flees DC to campaign (sfgate.com)
- Linda McMahon’s Surge: Ads, Voter Anger Propel Senate Bid, but Doubts Linger (politicsdaily.com)
- Bob Burnett: The 2010 Elections: What’s at Stake? (huffingtonpost.com)
This article in this morning’s HuffPo really got to me, especially after yesterday’s Cloture failure on Offshore Business practices.Here’s the start of the article… go in and read the rest:
- More Party Of No: Sen. Jim DeMint Says He’ll Block All Legislation He Doesn’t Clear (alan.com)
- Jim DeMint Threatens to Block All Legislation (littlegreenfootballs.com)
- Jim DeMint’s One-Man Government Shutdown (news.firedoglake.com)
- Jim DeMint Vows To Shut Down Senate (outsidethebeltway.com)
Vote for Manchin…here’s why:
- Hugh Hewitt: Raece Agead In West Virginia (hughhewitt.com)
- In WV, Popular Governor Manchin Hindered by the D Next To His Name (blogs.abcnews.com)
Requiring a 60 vote plurality to avoid filibuster on the Senate bill S.3816 to tax overseas investments to keep jobs from being taken away from our shores (see yesterday’s post “Why it’s important that we get behind Senator Byron Dorgan…“), the opportunity to correct a real problem was killed by a when only 53 Senators voted for Cloture. This fell seven votes short of allowing the bill to even be discussed by the Senate.
Along with the Republicans who all voted this out was that traitor to the Middle Class Joe Lieberman (Asshole – CT) who is, hopefully, going to be retired at the end of his term. A vote against this bill really indicates who may be in the pockets of big corporations that refuse to pay taxes to the country they made their mark in as they give 50¢ an hour jobs to Mexicans and the Chinese. I’m beginning to think that some of the Teaparty complaints may have some validity (it’s too bad they are so stupid about so many other things.)
Note: It has just been announced that former President Jimmy Carter has been hospitalized in Cleveland, OH. The former President has been on a book tour where he has been making three or more appearances a day… possibly draining on an 86-year-old.
We wish President Carter our best and hope he is back out on the tour soon.
- Why it’s important that we get behind Senator Byron Dorgan… (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- What’s A Filibuster? (seeingtheforest.com)
- Dorgan criticizes Lieberman actions (politico.com)
Dorgan (D – North Dakota) is the Senator who introduced legislation, S. 260, to shut down a tax loophole that rewards U.S. companies that move U.S. manufacturing jobs overseas. The legislation would close the loophole that allows U.S. multinational companies to defer paying income taxes on profits they make from the U.S. sale of the products manufactured in foreign factories, until those profits are returned to the United States, if ever. Manufacturers who remain in the United States receive no similar subsidy.
While passage of this law has obvious benefits for the U.S., it has been something Dorgan has been trying to get through for ten years.
You may not believe it, but when a U.S. company closes down a U.S. manufacturing plant fires its American workers and moves those good-paying jobs to China or other locations abroad, U.S. tax law actually rewards those companies with a large tax break called deferral. The tax code allows these firms to defer paying any U.S. income taxes on the earnings from those new foreign-manufactured products until those profits are returned, if ever, to this country. If a company making the same product decides to stay in this country, it is required to pay immediate U.S. taxes on the profits it earns here.
– Senator Byron Dorgan
Examples of products that used to be manufactured in America but now are being made in China or Mexico or other countries? How
about Nabisco Fig Newtons, which are now made by 50¢ per hour workers in Mexico. Or Huffy Bicycles, formerly made in Ohio, now made in China by 33¢ per hour workers. Or Etch-a-Sketch. Or La-Z-Boy furniture. Or Fruit of the Loom underwear. The list goes on and on.
And we support the outsourcing of products in two ways. When we go to Wal-Mart or K-Mart (companies that demand our products at the lowest prices) and purchase them we give tacit support to the throwing away of American jobs. But that isn’t the only way we support major corporations who screw Americans out of their jobs…we give them tax breaks for doing it! These are called “Deferrals” and they are totally legal.
We have lost so many jobs, especially in the 8 Bush years when close to 750,000 jobs a month disappeared as work making everything
from solar panels to Radio Flyer Wagons went to China, Mexico, and other countries where child labor at 50¢ per hour for 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, can create products for minimum corporate expense. It will be extremely difficult to bring jobs back, but without changing the law so that tax breaks go to those who remain in America to carry out manufacturing and not to those who rob us of jobs and send the production overseas.
The Senate is debating the issue today. Needless to say, no Republicans are stepping up to the plate yet and Republican leader McConnell (R-Kentucky) has stated that no problem exists. The President signed legislation today to make $50 Billion Dollars available to banks for loans to small businesses. Hopefully, this will create employment and perhaps see new products manufactured in our country.
One could hope.
- Former President George W. Bush, U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan, DOE Assistant Secretary Cathy Zoi to Address Windpower 2010 Conference & Exhibition (eon.businesswire.com)
- Senate Democrats Make One Last Push At Jobs Bill (huffingtonpost.com)
- Huffpost Hill – September 22nd, 2010 (huffingtonpost.com)
- Durbin Says Senate Won’t Pass Tax Cut Extension Before Election (businessweek.com)
I hope the Mayor is right. And I hope we can elect folks to the Senate who DO work together despite Party affiliations.
Things are just getting worse in government every day.
“[P]ublic records show O’Donnell has no steady income, no savings, no investments and owns no property. She rents a room out of her campaign office, which is a town home in a residential community.”
Shortly after dropping a gender-discrimination suit against her former employer, a conservative printing firm that fired her for misusing company resources, she began her Senate run. She is also facing an IRS lien for $11,000 in unpaid taxes.
Take a look at the NY Magazine article that I’m printing the opening paragraph of and you’ll see what I mean (just her notion of what “carbon dating” means is pretty outrageous.) Delaware has always appeared to be a small but advanced State, well ensconced in the 21st Century… now it has an opportunity to go in reverse direction.
clipped from: nymag.com
GOP’s Delaware Senate Nominee Christine O’Donnell Not a Big Fan of EvolutionChristine O’Donnell won’t have to lie about this Senate race. She won the Republican nomination for the Senate in Delaware fair and square, against a much more experienced, much more moderate, much more respected opponent, nine-term congressman and former governor Mike Castle. Now that she’s the nominee, the Republican Party will likely abandon the woman the chairman of the Delaware GOP recently said “could not be elected dog catcher.” Perhaps, in addition to all the things that have already come out about O’Donnell — tax questions, misuse of campaign funds, a trail of lies, some interesting thoughts on masturbation — they know how much remains left uncovered. Such as that, on March 30 of 1996, in her role as the spokeswoman for the Concerned Women of America, O’Donnell debated the merits of evolution on CNN, and she was not a fan.
Read the rest HERE.
- Victorious Christine O’Donnell Feuds with Sore Loser Karl Rove [Primaries] (gawker.com)
- Christine O’Donnell Wins Delaware Primary Election (nowpublic.com)
- BRYAN PRESTON OFFERS Some Friendly, Unsolicited Advice for the Delaware GOP. “Christine O’Donnell’s… (pajamasmedia.com)
- Masturbation-Hater Christine O’Donnell Wins Senate Primary [Primary Colors] (jezebel.com)
Republicans have gone after the issue of 1099 forms that businesses have to provide to the IRS for new purchases over $500.00 (primarily because the people they are buying a lot of their supplies from can’t be counted on to declare income), and they are doing this with the Johanns Amendment which throws out just about everything in the bill… but is really being used to disable income to the Health Care law that was passed earlier this year. The debate this morning by Senator Nelson from Florida (D) proposes another amendment that cuts out the 1099s for purchases under $5,000.00 and does not disable Health Care funding. Voting on these amendments (Johanns first) is going on now. Eventually they will get back to debating the whole bill.
The House hasn’t come back into session yet. They should be taking up the Republicans’ push to extend the Bush tax cuts for everyone and President Obama’s insistance on returning the taxes on the rich. That should be fun. We saw John Boehner’s slip(?) on the Sunday talks that if he had to he’d support the President’s proposal since it would keep the tax cuts on 98% of us who are NOT rich (income less than $250,000.00 per year). Maybe this will begin this afternoon.
- Senate GOP tries to eliminate preventive health funding (dailykos.com)
- Inside the 1099 Reporting Requirement, the First Piece of the Health Care Law Under Threat Today (news.firedoglake.com)
- Today in Congress (dailykos.com)
- Larry Cohen: The Johanns Amendment is Making Us Sick (huffingtonpost.com)
- Boehner appears to be on board with Obama tax plan (washingtonmonthly.com)
- Forget Boehner: Mitch McConnell Threatens Tax Bill Filibuster In The Senate (businessinsider.com)
- McConnell breaks with Boehner, will fight middle-class tax breaks (washingtonmonthly.com)