Extending COBRA Should Be a Political No-Brainer

By: Thursday June 10, 2010 10:52 am

Senators are doing the right thing by pushing an $8 billion addition to fund several more months of COBRA subsidies for workers laid off after June 1. We wonder, then, why House Dems, who say they care deeply about health care, didn’t sign on.

House Drops COBRA Extension, Democrats Cede Moral High Ground on Health Care

By: Friday May 28, 2010 6:22 pm

While not passing a COBRA extension, Congress did manage to vote for an incredibly expensive second engine for the F-35, which the military says it doesn’t need and really doesn’t want. We are literally wasting billions on hardware the military is asking Congress to cut while causing economically besieged Americans to lose their insurance.

Obama Indirectly (But Strongly) Calls For Using Reconciliation On Health Care

By: Wednesday March 3, 2010 12:45 pm

Today, during his remarks on the way forward for health care reform, President Obama indirectly but strongly called for using reconciliation. From his speech: Reform has already passed the House with a majority. It has already passed the Senate with a supermajority of sixty votes. And now it deserves the same kind of up-or-down vote [...]

Durbin Asks Supporters to Help End Filibuster While Giving Up on Attempt to Break One

By: Friday February 26, 2010 10:28 am

Talk about bad timing. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin launched a campaign today to end the filibuster and restore the ability for a simple majority of senators to pass legislation. His efforts include an email to supporters directing them to sign a petition at fedupwiththefilibuster.com to stop the abuse of rules that prevent majority rule. [...]

Using Reconciliation For Health Care Is Neither New Or Extraordinary

By: Wednesday February 24, 2010 9:15 am

There is a great new article from NPR showing that there is nothing new or extraordinary about using reconciliation to pass health care reform. Reconciliation is a normal, perfectly usable tool to pass health care reform. It has been used repeatedly by both parties. Of course, this is the same message FDL has been repeating [...]