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Capitol Briefing: December 13, 2009 - December 19, 2009

After breach, House plans new cybersecurity training

House leaders have asked the chamber's security officials to implement a new cybersecurity training regimen for aides and take additional measures to protect sensitive information from potential hackers.

By Paul Kane  |  December 15, 2009; 7:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  House  
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House Democrats push new comprehensive immigration bill

A broad cross-section of House Democrats unveiled a new comprehensive immigration reform bill Tuesday, laying down an early marker for what they hope will be a major 2010 debate.

By Ben Pershing  |  December 15, 2009; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
Categories:  Agenda , House  
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Prospects for GOP support of Senate health care bill are dwindling

As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid works to unite his 60-member Democratic caucus in support for health-care reform, his prospects for Republican converts appear to be dwindling.

By Web Politics Editor  |  December 15, 2009; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Hoyer sketches out Congressional pre-Christmas crunch

With the remaining days of 2009 ticking away, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.) on Tuesday laid out Democrats' strategy for finishing their work on key legislation and getting out of town.

By Ben Pershing  |  December 15, 2009; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agenda , House , Purse Strings  
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House Democrats scrap long-term increase in debt ceiling, jobs package

By Paul Kane House Democratic leaders, bowing to opposition from their party's deficit hawks, have decided to move the final must-pass piece of legislation of the year without a long-term increase to the national debt and a large boost in infrastructure funding that was considered a jobs bill. Majority Leader...

By Washington Post Editor  |  December 14, 2009; 8:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Senate clears $447B omnibus measure

Senate approves massive spending package over Republican objections and warnings about the political consequences for Democrats in 2010.

By Ben Pershing  |  December 13, 2009; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Categories:  Purse Strings , Senate  
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Report: in Senate plan, insufficient funding for those with preexisting conditions

If you have a preexisting medical condition, you could still have insurance problems under the health-care reform proposals taking shape in Congress. A new report says a federal program intended to subsidize your coverage until 2014, when companies could no longer charge higher premiums because of health status, is inadequately funded.

By David S. Hilzenrath  |  December 13, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Health Reform , Senate  
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