Senate Democrats

Military’s gay ban: Hot issue in a hot campaign year

Military’s gay ban: Hot issue in a hot campaign year

It’s John McCain versus Lady Gaga on Tuesday as the Senate takes up the emotional issue of repealing the ban on gays serving openly in the military. Senate Democrats have attached repeal of the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” law to a bill authorizing $726 billion in military spending next year. The fate of the […]

Obama plays the blame game

Obama plays the blame game

President Barack Obama is taking aim at Senate Republicans, accusing them of playing politics with measures that would extend benefits to the unemployed and increase lending to small businesses. Striking a deeply partisan tone in his weekly Saturday radio and online address, Obama said the GOP leadership has chosen to “filibuster our recovery and obstruct […]

Dems plan: Trap GOP on tough votes

Dems plan: Trap GOP on tough votes

President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats have settled on an agenda for the final weeks before Congress’ summer recess that could force Republicans to take tough votes on populist issues like unemployment insurance and a small business loan program. It comes with Democrats clawing for advantage amid a nasty political climate and in the face […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

The health care soap opera approaches

Coming soon to daytime television: America’s long-running civic drama over how to provide better health care to more of its people without breaking the bank. President Barack Obama summons anxious Democrats and aloof Republicans to a White House summit Thursday — live on C-SPAN and perhaps cable — and gambles that he can save his […]