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Democrats block GOP effort to kill consumer protections

Democrats block GOP effort to kill consumer protections

The Senate on Thursday rejected a Republican attempt to defang consumer protections in a sweeping Wall Street reform bill, while voting to give small banks a break on deposit insurance. Despite procedural delays, lawmakers covered some ground on a top priority of the Obama administration that would be the biggest overhaul of the financial rulebook […]

David Obey calling it quits

David Obey calling it quits

In a major blow to President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies in the US Congress, one of their top leaders in the House announced Wednesday he will not seek reelection in November. Representative David Obey of Wisconsin, powerful chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, had faced a battle for a new term amid deep voter anger […]

Democrats bank on fatcat lobbyists

Democrats bank on fatcat lobbyists

The Democratic Party‘s 2010 congressional election campaign is looking to an elite group of lobbyists for bundled political contributions worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to a study released on Monday. The study by the non-partisan watchdog Center for Public Integrity found that four of the five biggest bundlers of campaign contributions among lobbyists […]

Democrats rebound in Florida special election

Democrats rebound in Florida special election

Republican backlash over President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul had little effect in the nation’s first U.S. House race of 2010. Florida Democratic state Sen. Ted Deutch handily won Tuesday’s special election to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler after his underdog GOP opponent attempted to make the contest a referendum on the massive […]

Gallup Poll shows public turnaround in health care support

Gallup Poll shows public turnaround in health care support

Nearly half of Americans give a thumbs-up to Congress’ passage of a healthcare reform bill last weekend, with 49% calling it “a good thing.” Republicans and Democrats have polar opposite reactions, with independents evenly split. The findings, from a March 22 USA Today/Gallup poll conducted one day after the bill received a majority of votes […]

Democrats face threats, vandalism over health care vote

Democrats face threats, vandalism over health care vote

Democratic Congress members are getting lessons from the FBI on how to handle threats such as several directed at their colleagues, including bricks hurled through windows and menacing obscenity-laced phone messages left for those who supported sweeping federal health care legislation. Windows were shattered at four Democratic offices in New York, Arizona and Kansas and […]

Health care reform? Sort of, but at what cost?

The rude, crude route to health care “reform” in this country may serve as a textbook case on how and why the American system of government collapsed under the weight of bitter partisan politics. No side in this contentious debate can claim the high road. Both sides engaged in the lowest form of gutter politics. […]

Levin is acting Ways and Means chair

Levin is acting Ways and Means chair

Rep. Fortney “Pete” Stark held the acting chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee for just one day before Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi replaced him with Michigan Democrat Rep. Sander Levin. Levin will hold the seat until the ethics matters surrounding New York Congressman Charles Rangel are resolved and he either returns […]

Obama courts uneasy Democrats on health care ‘reform’

Obama courts uneasy Democrats on health care ‘reform’

President Barack Obama hopes he can convince reluctant Democrats who voted against his health care “reform” plan on its first trip through the House of Representatives. The vote counters in the Democratic whip’s office say nine of the 39 Democrats who voted against the health care bill have softened their opposition and might be convinced […]