Mike Whitney on the Future of Unions on GritTV

By: Monday June 28, 2010 9:56 am

Michael Whitney, who runs FDL’s online organizing and covers labor issues for our Work in Progress blog, appeared on GritTV with Laura Flanders and Max Fraser of The Nation to discuss the future of labor. Michael talks about Chuck Schumer, Robert Menendez and the “anonymous senior administration official” who trashed labor after they opposed the [...]

Reid Press Conference Today on Immigration: Double Messaging Time

By: Thursday April 29, 2010 11:19 am

Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer are holding a press conference at 5:45 today to unveil their immigration plan, which will probably look a lot like the one that has been circulating (PDF) — heavy on enforcement to escalate the war on drugs, more money and power for ICE agents, biometric ID’s, lots of Department of [...]

Rockefeller Jumps on the “Blame Reid for Killing the Public Option” Bandwagon

By: Friday October 16, 2009 7:26 am

In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) put the responsibility for getting a public option squarely on Senate Majority leader Harry Reid’s shoulders. HUNT: Well, let me ask you about that, because it would appear there are not the votes for the kind of public option that you’ve advocated and maybe even [...]

Did Schumer Cause The AHIP Freak Out?

By: Monday October 12, 2009 1:20 pm

The individual mandate (without the public option) has been a top priority of the health insurance industry. Who would not want millions of new customers to be forced to buy their very expensive product? Sen. Chuck Schumer has been working to actively cripple or destroy the individual mandate. An amendment offered in the Senate Finance [...]

Schumer Vows To Fight On For A Public Option

By: Tuesday September 29, 2009 11:00 pm

With in hours of losing the vote in the Senate Finance Committee on his public option amendment, Schumer fired off an email to his supports vowing to fight on. Schumer calls the vote in the Finance Committee, only “the opening day of the fight.” The email concludes with: If we continue to fight, I am [...]

Amendments To Watch For Tuesday And Beyond

By: Monday September 28, 2009 2:30 pm

When the Senate Finance Committee starts work again on Tuesday things should get heated. Here are some of the more interesting amendments to watch out for. Free Choice Amendment – Wyden C1 : What it hopes to do: It would allow employees who do not like their current employer provided health insurance to ask for [...]

Chamber Of Commerce Attacks Schumer’s Public Option Amendments

By: Friday September 25, 2009 1:52 pm

Live Pulse has a letter from the US Chamber of Commerce attacking four amendments that have yet to be voted on in the Senate Finance Committee. (Rockefeller C1 – Applying new rating rules to the large and self-insured (ERISA) market, Schumer C1/C2 – Public Option Amendments, Wyden C1 – Healthy Americans Act) The Chamber attacked [...]

Baucus: Public Option Amendments Votes Likely On Tuesday

By: Friday September 25, 2009 7:30 am

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus said at the begining of today’s hearing that there would not be time to get to the public option amendments today. He expects to debate and vote on the public option amendments on Tuesday. Yesterday, Sen. Schumer and Rockefeller pushed hard for a vote today on their public option [...]

Three Public Option Amendments Submitted For Baucus’ Bill

By: Saturday September 19, 2009 2:33 pm

A total of three different public options have been offered as amendments to Baucus’ bill. The three public options run the gamut from the robust to the weak. The best and most robust public option is the one submitted by Senator Rockefeller. It resembles the robust public option originally proposed in the House. It would [...]