Articles & Op-Eds

September 23, 2009
Democrats’ failure to attract Republican support on health reform has launched new bipartisan talks in both chambers as groups seek to influence the legislation ahead of crucial floor debates.
September 21, 2009
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced Monday that he is cutting four days from the chamber’s work schedule.
September 2, 2009
Government efforts to funnel hundreds of billions of dollars into the U.S. economy appear to be helping the U.S. climb out of the worst recession in decades.
July 31, 2009
History shows that the chance to reform the American health care system is a once-in-a-generation opportunity. So reform is absolutely worth the time it takes to get it right.
July 28, 2009
The last time a president tried to overhaul U.S. health care, Americans were spending $912 billion on the system and 40 million were uninsured. Today they’re spending $2.5 trillion and almost 50 million lack coverage.
July 27, 2009
How’s this for a health care plan? It will make your premiums go up—in fact, it will double health costs over the next ten years. It will strip millions of Americans of their coverage. It will send our deficit through the roof.
July 8, 2009
Economic stimulus spending is currently "slightly ahead of estimates," with $29 billion distributed to state governments through mid-June, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.
July 1, 2009
As popular as Medicare is now, it is hard to believe that it was once bitterly opposed. Medicare came into existence 43 years ago today, in the face of many who doubted that it could cover millions of people, provide them with excellent care, and keep costs low.
June 26, 2009
The House could vote today on a measure to cap U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, with Democratic leaders predicting a tight victory for a behemoth bill that has grown more complex with each compromise.
June 25, 2009
In recent years, America's fiscal story has been one of steady decline -- from record surpluses to record deficits.
June 20, 2009
House Democrats on Friday answered President Obama’s call for a sweeping overhaul of the health care system, unveiling a bill that they said would cover 95 percent of Americans.
June 18, 2009
The debate over a sweeping overhaul of the nation's health-care system got off to a rocky start in the Senate yesterday as lawmakers delayed action on one key bill and engaged in partisan sniping over another.
June 17, 2009
Congress is on its way to giving President Barack Obama what could be its final emergency war-spending bill, an annual budgetary sleight-of-hand that since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has cost the nation nearly $1 trillion.
June 16, 2009
The independent commission that advises Congress on Medicare payments said the federal government must give doctors and health-care facilities incentives to rein in costs in providing care for the elderly and disabled.
June 15, 2009
Legislation to grant voting rights in the House of Representatives to the District of Columbia probably won’t come to the House floor this year, Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer indicated June 9.
June 14, 2009
THE PUSH for voting rights for the District of Columbia has stalled because -- or so congressional leaders say -- city officials can't agree on a course of action. Let's be clear about who really is at fault.
June 13, 2009
Congress has shamefully caved in, yet again, to the gun lobby and abandoned the effort to grant the long-suffering District of Columbia a voting representative in the House.
June 11, 2009
The House ethics committee is investigating the now-defunct PMA defense lobbying group and its ties to lawmakers.
June 11, 2009
U.S. auto-parts companies plan to ask the Obama administration for as much as $10 billion in new aid as General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC bankruptcies deepen the suppliers' troubles.
June 10, 2009
President Obama called on Congress yesterday to enact pay-as-you-go budget rules to help tame a deficit forecast to top $1.8 trillion this year.
June 10, 2009
Congressional leaders abandoned efforts yesterday to win passage of the D.C. voting rights bill this summer after city leaders wouldn't withdraw their opposition to an amendment that would do away with the District's strict gun-control laws.
June 9, 2009
U.S. auto dealers' political muscle was on display Tuesday, as House and Senate lawmakers increased pressure on General Motors Corp. (GMGMQ) and Chrysler LLC to pull back on planned dealership closings.
June 7, 2009
While headlines talk about a "fight" over the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court that may never develop, a much bigger battle is about to break out over President Obama's No. 1 domestic priority, health care.
June 2, 2009
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer has a message for members as they enter the busy summer months: Pick up the pace on roll calls, or miss your chance to vote.
June 2, 2009
Seeking to maintain momentum from last month's markup, House Democrats are considering an aggressive push this month for floor passage of energy and global warming legislation.