For Obama, Abortion Proves Not So Much a Right as a Bargaining Chip

By: Monday April 11, 2011 3:56 pm

At the end of the health care debate, when Obama was desperate to get the final bill passed in the House, he agreed to make a deal with Bart Stupak (D-MI) on the issue of abortion, by offering an executive order that restricted the availability of insurance coverage for reproductive health. The right to abortion [...]

BP CEO Tony Hayward Before House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee – Liveblog Part Two

By: Thursday June 17, 2010 9:20 am

BP CEO Tony Hayward is testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation. The meeting is chaired by Bart Stupak (D-MI). It is expected that the meeting will be interrupted throughout the morning for a series of House votes. You can watch the testimony live on CSPAN 3. You can find part [...]

BP CEO Tony Hayward Before House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee – Liveblog

By: Thursday June 17, 2010 7:04 am

BP CEO Tony Hayward is testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation. The meeting is chaired by Bart Stupak (D-MI). It is expected that the meeting will be interrupted throughout the morning for a series of House votes. You can watch the testimony live on CSPAN 3 10:07 – Henry [...]

Pelosi: Health Care Bill a Conservative Bill (Time to Go Back Under the Bus, Veal Pen)

By: Tuesday March 23, 2010 4:58 pm

Just before the House passed the health care bil, Nancy Pelosi sent out a letter.    In it, she said that “An op-ed by E.J. Dionne on Friday reveals that the current health reform legislation pending before Congress was “built on a series of principles that Republicans espoused for years.”  She bolded Dionne’s headline: Why Democrats Are [...]

Dems Reap All the Red-Baiting Pain with None of the Socialist Gain

By: Monday March 22, 2010 4:51 pm

Democrats did not offer a truly socialized health care system like they have in the United Kingdom. They did not just pass a universal single payer health care system like “Medicare for all.” Not only did the bill not include a public option, but the regulations on the private insurance companies are extremely loose. Despite [...]

Democratic Leadership Claims They Are Done Changing Reconciliation Bill

By: Monday March 15, 2010 3:29 pm

According to Politico, Democratic leadership has declared that they are done making changes to the reconciliation measure. Party leaders are beginning to spread the word to rank-and-file lawmakers that they won’t be changing the text of a carefully negotiated “reconciliation” bill to win votes at this point because they can’t undo deals that already have [...]

Chris Van Hollen Sets Vote on Senate Health Bill for March 19th or 20th

By: Friday March 12, 2010 4:39 pm

Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) sent out memo Friday, effectively saying the House will vote on the Senate health care bill in one week–on March 19th or 20th. The House Democrats will pass the Senate bill and then pass a reconciliation measure containing some “fixes,” which will then go to the Senate. The hope is that [...]

Democrats Better Have a Health Care Reform Reconciliation-Only “Plan B”

By: Friday March 12, 2010 8:13 am

I’m still skeptical that Democrats will ever be able to find the votes to pass their current health care reform strategy. Their plan is to have the House pass the comprehensive Senate bill as it is, then pass “fixes” using reconciliation. With even the Democratic leadership basically admitting that there is no way out of [...]

Stupak, Woolsey, and the Difference Between Fighting and Just Asking Politely

By: Monday March 8, 2010 3:57 pm

As much as I hate everything Bart Stupak (D-MI) is trying to do as it relates to abortion and health care reform–on policy, personal, and moral grounds–there is one, very small silver lining to his actions. He has made perfectly clear the difference between politely asking for something and fighting for something in Congress. Bart [...]

Six Ways Democrats Could Have Dealt with Stupak Ahead of Time

By: Friday March 5, 2010 5:49 pm

Bart Stupak’s (D-MI) group of “pro-life” House members–and their demands about abortion language–has once again emerged as the major focus of the health care debate. This should not surprise anyone. Stupak originally made his concerns known back in July. The Stupak amendment became the big fight back in November, when the House first passed their [...]

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