House Democrats

Pelosi: Tax cut vote possible before election

Pelosi: Tax cut vote possible before election

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, under pressure to send Democrats home to campaign with the strongest possible closing argument, said Friday she is considering calling a vote on extending middle-class tax cuts next week. Democrats, however, are divided on whether forcing a recorded vote on the issue before congressional elections in November would be politically helpful […]

Democrats: Corruption? What corruption?

Democrats: Corruption? What corruption?

Democratic leaders say they’ve emptied the swamp of congressional corruption. Never mind the ethics trials to come for two longtime party members. “Drain the swamp we did, because this was a terrible place,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last week of the Republican rule in the House that ended in January 2007. Pelosi’s statement might seem […]

Democrats ignored Rangel’s ethics problems

Democrats ignored Rangel’s ethics problems

House Democratic leaders who promised to “drain the swamp” of corrupt Washington are doing a delicate rhetorical dance around one of their own, 20-term Rep. Charlie Rangel, as he faces a public trial on ethical misdeeds during a high-stakes midterm election. They can’t pressure the former Ways and Means chairman to strike a deal or […]

Mistakes will force health care bill back to the House

Mistakes will force health care bill back to the House

Senate Republicans learned early Thursday that they will be able to kill language in a measure altering President Barack Obama‘s newly enacted health care overhaul, meaning the bill will have to return to the House for final congressional approval. It appeared initially that deleting the provisions, dealing with Pell grants for low-income students, should not […]

Now it’s up to the Senate

Now it’s up to the Senate

President Barack Obama has signed into law the most sweeping overhaul of U.S. health care since Medicare, but one last chapter in the epic struggle is still playing out in the Senate. Senators are debating a package of fixes to the new health law, demanded by House Democrats as their price for passing the mammoth […]

Dems close in magic number for health care bill

Dems close in magic number for health care bill

Slowly but steadily, support is building behind President Barack Obama‘s health care legislation in the House, the result of intense lobbying and politically targeted changes aimed at reassuring waverers and winning over critics. Obama himself was to talk up the sweeping overhaul in a midday speech Friday in Virginia, his fourth outside-the-Beltway event in two […]

Democrats defend hardball tactics

Democrats defend hardball tactics

Under heavy Republican attack, Democrats in the House of Representatives on Tuesday defended plans to pass a healthcare overhaul without a direct vote as President Barack Obama‘s top domestic priority neared a make-or-break showdown. Obama and House Democratic leaders lobbied undecided Democrats for support ahead of a possible weekend vote on the overhaul, which would […]

Political hardball dominates bitter health care bill lobbying

Political hardball dominates bitter health care bill lobbying

With time and tempers short, everyone’s playing hardball in the drive to pass — or stop — President Barack Obama‘s massive health care legislation by the weekend. Business groups are spending $1 million a day to depict the bill as a job killer in television ads in the home districts of 26 wavering House Democrats. […]

Final full-court press on health care

Final full-court press on health care

Days away from a make-or-break vote on his health care overhaul, President Barack Obama is turning up the pressure as only presidents can, as Democratic leaders make a desperate scramble for votes. The president is wooing freshman Democrats in the Oval Office, holding at least two one-on-one sessions in the past few days that never […]

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 […]