President Obama on Saturday repeated his call for Congress to give an "up-or-down vote" on his plan to revamp the nation's health-care system, saying that doing so would yield immediate benefits for the uninsured and small businesses, while prohibiting the most unpopular actions of health insurance companies.
Haitian President Rene Préval, whose country is still reeling from the January earthquake that devastated it, is scheduled to meet with President Obama at the White House on Wednesday.
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney had some sharp words Friday for President Obama's economic and foreign policies, criticizing him for spending the past year on health-care reform instead of focusing narrowly on job creation.
The first lady attended a soccer clinic in Washington on Friday that was designed to help promote healthy activities among the nation's young people.
There is no current plan for the House to vote on a resolution branding as genocide the World War I-era massacre of Armenians by Turkish forces, a Democratic leadership aide said Friday.
"Today is a big day in America. Only 36,000 people lost their jobs today... which is really, really good," Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said in discussing the latest jobs report.
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"If you don't set a deadline in this town, nothing happens," President Obama said last July, and John Dickerson later noted that Obama "has a professor's fondness for deadlines and a writer's lack of respect for them." So it makes sense that the White House appeared to set a deadline for completion of health care Thursday and then revise it the same day.
House Democratic leaders struggling to build a 217-vote majority to pass health care appear to be making progress with one Democrat who opposed the original House version: Rep. Bart Gordon (Tenn.).
Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.), resigning from Congress to run for governor, announced Thursday that he would stay in the House to vote against the health care bill.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) downplayed Thursday the possibility that conservative Democrats would threaten passage of a final health-care bill over the abortion issue, telling reporters that at least some of the lawmakers may be open to persuasion.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says passing health-care reform will not lead to federal funding of abortion but will mean more health care options for Americans. She vows a bill will pass.
Maryland Democrats are crowing that the state was not on a list of races the Republican National Committee is targeting in 2010.
President Obama Thursday enacted legislation to promote international travel to the United States by establishing a national tourism board that would coordinate advertising and other efforts to encourage foreigners to visit the United States.
After resolving a Democrat rebellion in one chamber and a retiring Kentuckian's stall tactics in the other, both the House and Senate are pressing forward again with bills designed to boost job creation.
President Obama upped the pressure on House Democrats to pass health-care legislation Thursday, announcing a March 18 goal date to complete the bill and adding time on his schedule to court -- and address concerns of -- some of the chamber's most liberal members, as well as an array of moderates whose votes could prove critical.
Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.), a pro-union, anti-free-trade liberal who is a close ally of the auto industry, has been selected as interim chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.
It may have taken over a year, but President Obama finally told Congress and the public Wednesday what he wants in a health care bill, when he wants it and how he thinks it should pass.
The Senate rejected on Wednesday a proposal to give a $250 bonus payment to people on Social Security.
After hours of meetings Wednesday afternoon, House Democrats could not settle on a successor to Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.
Democrats sharply criticized a Republican National Committee fundraising presentation that depicted President Obama as the Joker and cast House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) as Cruella De Vil and Scooby-Doo.
If the more than year-long push for comprehensive health-care reform is starting to feel like a ground hog day experience, its not just because of the consistent messaging and many, many presidential addresses on the topic. Some of the backdrops are a study in repetition. Case in point: the men and women in white coats who stand with the president for reform, as they did again today during the president's remarks.
House Republican leader John Boehner called Wednesday for President Obama's new bipartisan deficit-reduction commission to issue its recommendations by Oct. 1 so potentially painful decisions about raising taxes and cutting spending can be vetted by the voters.
President Obama urged Congress Wednesday to vote "up or down" on sweeping health care legislation in the next few weeks, endorsing a plan that denies Senate Republicans the right to kill the bill by stalling with a filibuster.
The man in line to succeed Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee is a 78-year-old Californian with his own recent ethics battles, a representative who has a history of calling his Republican colleagues "wimps" and "whores", and who has missed more than 250 roll-call votes while battling an illness he has not publicly disclosed.
The nearly-six minute "Presidential Reunion" skit, released Wednesday, features "Saturday Night Live" star Fred Armisen as Barack Obama and SNL alumna Maya Rudolph as Michelle Obama. The stars are visited in a dream sequence by a slew of comedic heavy-weights acting the part of former presidents: Will Ferrell (George W. Bush), Jim Carrey (Ronald Reagan), Dana Carvey (George H. W. Bush), Darrell Hammond (Bill Clinton), Chevy Chase (Gerald Ford) and Dan Aykroyd (Jimmy Carter).
On Monday, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz.) introduced the Taking Responsibility for Congressional Pay Act, which would cut the pay of all House members and senators by 5 percent in 2011.
Sarah Palin appeared on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" Tuesday night, where they discussed her new career in media and her opinionated nature.
The Capitol was a hotbed of activity Tuesday, as the next steps on health-care reform were upstaged by a retiring 79-year-old in the Senate and a 78-year-old in the House whose career in the chamber may also be nearing its climax.
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Senate leaders reached an agreement with Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) Tuesday to end his blockade of a bill extending unemployment benefits, highway funding and other federal programs.
Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) sounded defiant Tuesday night in the face of renewed calls for him to give up his chairmanship of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. He emerged from a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) to tell reporters that he's staying as chairman. "You bet your life," he said.
House Democrats elected in 2006 and 2008 are under more pressure than many of their colleagues to side with Republicans as the GOP seeks to strip Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) of his chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee.
Former California governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday announced that he will run as a Democrat for governor of California in 2010.
After angrily brushing aside questions from ABC reporters Monday, Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning (R) again waved off questions about his decision to "single-handedly block... the Senate from extending unemployment benefits, highway funds and other programs" when confronted by CNN's Dana Bash and camera crew.
In one corner, we have "government takeover" and "arcane parliamentary procedure." In the other corner, "skyrocketing insurance costs" and "simple up-or-down vote." With the substance of the health-care bill and the process for moving it largely determined, the battle over reform now turns largely on message.
President Obama is expected to unveil details of a planned home retrofitting program Tuesday that will offer government rebates for homeowners who install new windows, doors, insulation and other materials to make their homes more energy efficient.
Former congressman Harold Ford has decided against challenging incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), a source close to Ford said Monday.
Even as a short-term package of aid to the unemployed remains stalled in the Senate, Democratic leaders unveiled the latest piece of their jobs agenda Monday -- $150 billion worth of extensions to expiring federal programs and tax breaks.
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Rep. Ron Paul (Texas), the man whose insurgent 2008 presidential campaign helped unleash a wave of anti-Washington sentiment, now faces a GOP primary challenge of his own -- from candidates who claim he's gone Washington.
Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) is suddenly in the media spotlight, as his block on a jobs bill means roughly 2,000 Transportation Department employees were forced to be furloughed without pay Monday. He doesn't seem to happy about the extra attention. When ABC News tried to get him to comment on the block, he ignored them, yelling, "Excuse me! This is a senators-only elevator!" and "I've got to go to the floor!"
Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth has aligned himself with the Tea Party movement in his primary challenge to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). But he won't have the backing of the state's Tea Party groups.
If it's not enough that Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) now has a primary opponent in the form of Arkansas' Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, she's also facing a new political campaign against her over whether the Environmental Protection Agency should be able to regulate greenhouse gases on its own.
Former Senate parliamentarian Robert Dove discussed the history of reconciliation on MSNBC Monday morning. "Reconciliation has been used a lot, and I would never use the term illegitimate with regard to reconciliation," he said of the maneuver, which was created in 1974.
For the last several months, Democrats have been arguing amongst themselves over not just the substance of health-care reform but also the process. For better or worse, the latter argument is over.
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she is confident that once priorities are hashed out and the Senate has acted on health care reform, the House will move forward with a "very positive result" in final passage.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) insisted Sunday that the Democratic Party will retain a majority in the House of Representatives in the 2010 midterm elections. She said past swings in power during midterms have been the result of unpreparedness, and the Democrats are aware of challenges and are ready to contest every race.