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Capitol Briefing: November 15, 2009 - November 21, 2009

Landrieu to vote yes on key health-care test

Leaving Democrats one vote short with hours to go, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) declared Saturday she will support a key procedural step to advance President Obama's health-care legislation.

By Paul Kane  |  November 21, 2009; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Health Reform , Senate , Today on the Hill  
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Senate launches health-care debate, with 2 Democrats undecided

In a rare Saturday session, the Senate launched the final hours of debate leading up to a nighttime vote that serves as a critical early test for President Obama's health-care proposal.

By Paul Kane  |  November 21, 2009; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Health Reform , Senate  
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Neb.'s Nelson agrees to health debate, leaving two senators undecided

Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, one of three centrist Democrats who had been undecided on Saturday's motion to debate the Senate health-care bill, has announced he will vote to bring the measure to the floor.

By Shailagh Murray  |  November 20, 2009; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
Categories:  Health Reform , Senate  
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Senate ethics committee admonishes Burris

Updated 12:33 p.m. By Paul Kane Sen. Roland W. Burris (D-Ill.) has been admonished by the Senate ethics committee for his public comments about his appointment last December to the body. In a three-page "public letter of qualified admonition" issued Friday, the committee formally reprimanded Burris for statements -- some...

By Paul Kane  |  November 20, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  Senate  
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Calling election stolen, Hoffman rescinds concession in New York

For the second time this week, Conservative Party congressional candidate Douglas L. Hoffman sought to rescind his concession in the special election in New York's 23rd district, telling supporters that new information showing the results of the election closer than believed on election night made him reevaluate his decision to throw in the towel.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  November 19, 2009; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
Categories:  House  
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Fort Hood hearing focuses on homegrown threats, 'political correctness'

Updated 12:57 p.m. By Ben Pershing A Senate committee on Thursday morning launched the first public hearing into the Fort Hood shooting attack with a focus on the perils of homegrown extremism and "political correctness" and with partial cooperation from the Obama administration. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs...

By Ben Pershing  |  November 19, 2009; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (122)
Categories:  44Native , Hearing Watch  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET. Following morning business, the Senate will resume post-cloture debate on the nomination of David Hamilton to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit. The Senate also reached an agreement to consider S.1963, Veterans Health Care initiatives bill upon disposition of the Hamilton...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  November 18, 2009; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Today on the Hill  
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House shifts focus to 'jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs'

Now that they've finished their health-care bill, House leaders are turning their attention to the soaring unemployment rate. But don't look for another economic stimulus package. This time, House leaders said, they want to put together a "jobs bill."

By Kendra Nichols  |  November 17, 2009; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Economy Watch  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 10:00 a.m. ET. Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 3082, Military Construction/VA Appropriations. The Senate will recess from 12:30 until 2:15 to allow for the weekly caucus luncheons. At 2:15, the Senate will proceed to vote in relation to the Inhofe amendment...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  November 17, 2009; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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White House won't provide witnesses for Fort Hood hearing

By Ben Pershing The first public congressional hearing on the Fort Hood attack will not include testimony from any current federal law enforcement, military or intelligence officials because the Obama administration "declined to provide any" such witnesses, according to a Senate committee source. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs...

By Ben Pershing  |  November 16, 2009; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Hearing Watch  
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Abortion-rights backers join health-care ad fray

Supporters of abortion rights have jumped into the advertising fray over health-care legislation, hoping to sway the Senate as that chamber inches toward voting on a reform bill.

By Ben Pershing  |  November 16, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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