July 6, 2009Press Item
President Barack Obama told top congressional Democrats Thursday that he was putting his political capital behind health care reform and reminded them that it was crucial for both chambers to pass legislation this month. Congress returns this week with mounting pressure on Democrats to meet President Obama’s mid-August deadline for passing health-care legislation...
July 7, 2009Press Item
As Americans continue to struggle under this recession, reducing health care costs is more important than ever.
July 2, 2009Press Item
The United States spends more on health care than anyone "but unfortunately the quality of care is going down," said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a conference call last week with regional reporters. The percentage of Americans with private health insurance has hit its lowest mark in 50 years, according to two new government reports...
July 2, 2009The Weekly Whip
Suspensions, H.R. 2965 - Enhancing Small Business Research and Innovation Act of 2009, H.R. 2701 - Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, H.R. 2997 - Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010, H.R. 3081 – Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2010, Possible Consideration of H.R. 3082 - Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2010
July 2, 2009Press Item
Today, the Department of Labor reported that the U.S. economy lost 467,000 in March and the unemployment rate hit 9.5%, the highest level since 1983.
July 2, 2009Press Item
Today, Americans recognize the 45th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act, a truly historic piece of legislation that remains as profoundly important today as it was in 1964.
July 1, 2009Press Item
The House Republican Leadership is continuing a trend begun last Congress, “Just Saying No” to legislation which invests in clean energy, creates new clean energy jobs, and reduces our dependence on foreign oil.
July 2, 2009Press Item
Today’s unemployment figures represent the struggles of millions of American families who are working to make ends meet through this historic recession.
June 2, 2009Press Item
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, 2009Press Item
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.
June 1, 2009Press Item
Congress returns this week to face an agenda stuffed with difficult, high-profile issues that will test the ability of Democrats and the White House to deliver health care, energy and spending legislation while simultaneously contending with a Supreme Court nomination.
May 21, 2009Press Item
IN THE THREE months since the U.S. Senate approved the D.C. voting rights bill, dates targeted for a House vote have come and gone with no action.
July 1, 2009Press Item
House and Senate lawmakers working on a major overhaul of the health-care system have reached a familiar juncture in their effort to reshape one of the largest sectors of the economy. With more questions than answers arising in the debate over his healthcare proposal, President Obama is looking to pressure Congress by taking his push for reform back on the road...
June 7, 2009Press Item
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 13, 2009Press Item
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, 2009Press Item
The House ethics committee is investigating the now-defunct PMA defense lobbying group and its ties to lawmakers.
June 11, 2009Press Item
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, 2009Press Item
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, 2009Press Item
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, 2009Press Item
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 14, 2009Press Item
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 20, 2009Press Item
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, 2009Press Item
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, 2009Press Item
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.