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Capitol Briefing: September 27, 2009 - October 3, 2009

Senate Finance Committee Releases Its Final Text of Health-Care Bill

The Senate Finance Committee released on Friday evening the text of the health-care bill that committee members will vote on next week, the result of nearly two weeks of committee debate and amendments. The committee's vote is the last step before debate on health-care reform, President Obama's signature domestic initiative,...

By Post Editor  |  October 2, 2009; 6:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Health Reform , Senate  
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GOP Leader Tight-Lipped on Ensign

Updated 5:39 p.m. By Philip Rucker Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) repeatedly refused to answer questions Friday about a New York Times report that embattled Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) negotiated a cover-up of his extramarital affair with a campaign staffer, with his friend Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) serving as...

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 2, 2009; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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Recycling Those Congressional Debates

Updated 12:40 p.m. By Ben Pershing Sometimes the jokes just write themselves. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Friday that everything Congress says and does will be 100 percent recycled. No, not the bills and debates themselves, but the printed version of them that is compiled for posterity in the Congressional...

By Ben Pershing  |  October 2, 2009; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders , House  
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War of Words Continues Over Grayson

By Ben Pershing Congressional leaders weighed in Thursday on a Florida Democrat's assertion from the floor of the House that Republicans' health-care plan is for Americans to "die quickly." Republicans continued to call for an apology from Rep. Alan Grayson, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested that was a hypocritical...

By Ben Pershing  |  October 1, 2009; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Health Reform , House  
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Report Details Lawmakers' 'One-Two Punch' in Health-Care Donations

Updated 2:29 p.m. By Dan Eggen The health-care industry is already one of the leading contributors to Congress, but a new study finds that health-care lobbyists add to the industry's clout by giving money to many of the same lawmakers themselves. A joint study released Thursday by the Center for...

By Dan Eggen  |  October 1, 2009; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET. Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.3326, the Defense appropriations bill. The House meets at 10:00 a.m. Final votes are predicted to fall between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. For a list of Congressional committee hearings, visit Today in Congress. Visit...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  October 1, 2009; 7:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Today on the Hill  
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Government Won't Shut Down at Midnight

By Ben Pershing Federal employees can breathe easy -- the government will not shut down at midnight. Just hours before the official end of the fiscal year, the Senate voted Wednesday evening almost completely along party lines, 62-38, to approve a continuing resolution that would keep the government running through...

By Ben Pershing  |  September 30, 2009; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Purse Strings , Senate  
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GOP Preparing Resolution Against Grayson

By Ben Pershing UPDATE 5 P.M.: Grayson continues to make clear that he won't be apologizing for his remarks Tuesday night. On Wednesday afternoon he went to the House floor and said that the only people who deserved an apology were those who did not have health insurance. "I...

By Ben Pershing  |  September 30, 2009; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Health Reform , House  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 10:00 a.m. ET. Following morning business, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R.2918, the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act. The House meets at 10:00 a.m. Finals votes are predicted to fall between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. For a list of...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  September 30, 2009; 7:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 11:30 a.m. ET, with morning business lasting until 1:30. The Senate will then resume consideration of H.R.3326, Defense appropriations. At 4:30, the Senate will debate the nomination of Jeffrey Viken to be United States District Judge Judge for the District of South Dakota, with a vote...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  September 29, 2009; 7:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Today on the Hill  
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Progressive Groups Target Baucus with Ad Backing Public Option

Updated 3:49 p.m. By Dan Eggen Two progressive groups continue their attacks on centrist Democrats today with an advertising campaign targeting Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), whose role in attempting to forge a compromise health-care bill with Republicans has raised the ire of many liberals. The ad from the Progressive...

By Dan Eggen  |  September 28, 2009; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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