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Capitol Briefing: December 6, 2009 - December 12, 2009

Senate clears way for passage of spending bill

By Paul Kane In a surprisingly suspenseful vote Saturday, the Senate cleared a key parliamentary hurdle on a massive spending bill for almost half the federal government, which will provide tens of billions of dollars in increased funding for a host of federal agencies and the District of Columbia. On...

By Paul Kane  |  December 12, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  Senate , Today on the Hill , Votes  
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House likely to add jobs bill to defense spending legislation

House Democrats are increasingly likely to move a jobs bill next week as an attachment to the defense appropriations bill. The package would cost roughly $70 billion and include spending for infrastructure projects and benefits for the poor and unemployed.

By Ben Pershing  |  December 11, 2009; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Agenda , House , Purse Strings  
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House rejects using TARP funds for debt payments instead of jobs

The House on Friday voted down a GOP-lead effort to prevent leftover funds from last year's financial sector bailout from being used for job creation, an approach the Obama administration and congressional Democrats have signaled they favor.

By Web Politics Editor  |  December 11, 2009; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Economy Watch  
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Hoyer needles Fox News Channel

Add House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) to the list of top Democrats taking shots at Fox News Channel.

By Ben Pershing  |  December 11, 2009; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  House  
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Pelosi plays down differences with Senate in health-care debate

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a champion of the public insurance option, pointedly declined Thursday to criticize a pending Senate agreement to drop the idea as Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.) seeks to unite divided Democrats in his chamber behind health-care reform.

By Shailagh Murray  |  December 10, 2009; 6:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Health Reform , House  
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House approves massive spending bill, D.C. budget

The House will vote Thursday on a half-dozen spending bills grouped into one massive package, as the chamber races to complete its remaining work before adjourning for the year.

By Ben Pershing  |  December 10, 2009; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  House , Purse Strings  
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Senate rejects Nelson amendment on abortion

The Senate narrowly rejected an amendment that would have restricted abortion coverage in the pending health-care bill, leaving in question whether Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) has the 60 votes needed to move the bill toward final passage.

By Web Politics Editor  |  December 8, 2009; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (351)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Progress on public-option alternatives, but abortion amendment expected to fail

Senate Democratic negotiators said they had made significant progress in identifying alternative coverage options to replace a government insurance plan that liberals have fought to retain as part of health-care reform, but moderates have refused to support.

By Web Politics Editor  |  December 8, 2009; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Reid faces criticism after comparing health-care reform opponents to civil rights opponents

Senior Republicans lit into Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) Monday after he likened GOP opponents of proposed health-care legislation to those who opposed abolishing slavery, fought against a woman's right to vote and blocked civil rights laws 50 years ago.

By Web Politics Editor  |  December 7, 2009; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Obama urges Democrats to pull together on health bill

With his top legislative domestic priority facing a series of major tests in the Senate this week, President make a rare Sunday visit to Capitol to press lawmakers for quick action as they debate the fate of a government-run insurance plan and the controversial question of abortion coverage.

By Post Editor  |  December 6, 2009; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
 
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