Democrats scuttle vote on jobs bill

The jobs bill may be headed for the unemployment line after an unlikely coalition raised enough hell about the legislation to force House leaders to scrap a planned Friday vote. The Congressional Black Caucus, the Progressive Caucus and the moderate Blue Dog Coalition banded together to raise enough objections about the bill to jeopardize passage […]

Health care summit craps out

They came, they talked, they pontificated, they postured. In the end, they accomplished nothing. After seven-and-a-half hours of positioning, President Barack Obama, Republicans and Democrats failed to reach any agreement on health care reform and Obama now will do what he planned to do all along — push for a “my way or the highway […]

Democrats retreat again, scrap privacy protections

Democrats continued their political agenda of retreating under fire Wednesday by agreeing to back down on proposals to implement new privacy protections in the controversial USA Patriot Act, choosing instead to extend the current law for another year without change. Senate Democratic Leaders scrapped new curbs on privacy abuse and caved in to Republican pressure […]

Toyota’s boss gets a Congressional grilling

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda had his come-to-Jesus session with Congress Wednesday but problems for he and his embattled company are far from over. The world’s largest automaker still faces investigations by federal prosecutors in New York and the Securities and Exchange Commission plus lawsuits and backlash from angry consumers. Dealers must repair millions of cars […]

Lights! Camera! Inaction!

Thursday’s day-long, televised health care summit at Blair House in Washington may make good political theater but few expect anything substantial to emerge from the posturing by Democrats and Republicans. President Barack Obama and the Democratic leadership of Congress need progress on health care to revive a stalled legislative agenda but they face steadfast opposition […]

Obama retreats on consumer protection

President Barack Obama is backing down on his demand for creation of a stand-alone consumer protection agency. Instead, the administration is willing to consider housing a consumer regulation function inside the Treasury Department or perhaps another agency rather than create a new federal bureaucracy. The compromise comes in an effort to break some of the […]

Health summit: Much ado about nothing

Here’s a moment of rare Washington bipartisanship for you: Republicans and Democrats agree that President Barack Obama‘s much-ballyhooed publicly-televised summit on health care will be much ado about nothing because nothing will come out of it. “We’re happy to be there, but I’m not sure what the purpose is,” says Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell […]

The high cost of bi-partisanship

Memo to members of Congress: Bi-partisanship may be hazardous to your fund raising. Just ask Louisiana Republican Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao, the sole Republican supporter of Democratic-sponsored health care reform in the House. He is running out of campaign cash after his fund raising dropped 40 percent following his decision to support the health care […]