Democrats add student aid to health bill

Democrats add student aid to health bill

Under White House pressure to act swiftly, House and Senate Democratic leaders reached for agreement Friday on President Barack Obama‘s health care bill, sweetened suddenly by fresh billions for student aid and a sense that breakthroughs are at hand. “It won’t be long,” before lawmakers vote, predicted Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She said neither liberals’ disappointment […]

Senators: Leave our pork alone

Senators: Leave our pork alone

President Barack Obama says he wants projects helping specific states yanked from the health care bill Congress is writing. Democratic senators, being senators, beg to differ. The Senate-approved health measure lawmakers hope to send to Obama soon would steer $600 million over the next decade to Vermont in added federal payments for Medicaid and nearly […]

Time to Spring forward

Time to Spring forward

Good evening sunshine, America says hello, you light up our evenings, we light charcoal below. That right folks, it’s time to fire up the old grill, Daylight-saving time is returning with that extra hour of sunshine after work. The official moment is 2 a.m. local time Sunday, though most people will set their clocks ahead […]

Are Dems close to sealing health care deal?

Are Dems close to sealing health care deal?

Top Democrats say they are resolving disputes over President Barack Obama‘s health overhaul plan, but they face decisions on subsidizing coverage and are still hunting votes to push the vast package through Congress. House Democrats were meeting again Friday to discuss the still-evolving plan and for leaders to try to soothe lawmakers worried about the […]

Reid’s wife, daughter injured in traffic crash

Reid’s wife, daughter injured in traffic crash

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid‘s wife remained hospitalized Friday with serious injuries suffered when a tractor-trailer rear-ended the minivan she and their daughter were riding in on a suburban Virginia interstate, officials said. Landra Reid, 69, suffered a broken back and neck in Thursday’s crash, but her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. Mrs. […]

Senators question sky-high charity salaries

Senators question sky-high charity salaries

A group of Republican senators is questioning high salaries and expensive travel bills for executives at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, raising issues that could jeopardize millions in federal funding for the national charity. The four senators said they were concerned that the chief executive of a charity that has been closing local […]

Massa, Rangel: Symbols of Democratic woe

Massa, Rangel: Symbols of Democratic woe

One is a former Democratic freshman little known outside his Corning-Olean-Pittsford, N.Y., district. The other, a 20-term Democratic kingpin from Harlem, is widely known to New Yorkers and anyone following tax legislation. But now, Republicans — looking for any opening to regain control of the House — are portraying newly resigned first-termer Eric Massa and […]

Obama, Dems close to deal on health care

Obama, Dems close to deal on health care

A final agreement nearly in hand, President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders are about to embark on one last sales job that will determine the outcome of the president’s signature health care overhaul. It will come down to a phenomenal effort by congressional leaders and the White House to win over skittish lawmakers after a […]