Posts Tagged ‘Democrats’

LaForge issues statement on earkmark debate

Cleveland native Bill LaForge, a past national president of the Federal Bar Association, has issued a statement on the topic of earmarks that has become a national issue and rallying cry in the recent national elections. LaForge calls the efforts to eliminate earmarks as “shortsighted”, giving all of the budgeting power to the executive branch. […] [...]

Senate Dems hit snag with healthcare bill

by Published: March 25,2010

Tags: Congress, Democrats, healthcare, healthcare reform

WASHINGTON — After nine straight hours of beating back Republican amendments, Senate Democrats hit a temporary snag today in their drive to rush through a package of fixes to the big health care law signed by President Barack Obama. Democratic Senate leaders had hoped to complete work on the fix-it bill by midday Thursday and […] [...]

Democrats report vandalism, threats

by Published: March 24,2010

Tags: Democrats, healthcare, healthcare reform, threats, violence

Bricks have been hurled through Democrats’ windows, a propane line was cut at the home of a congressman’s brother and lawmakers who voted for a federal health care bill have received obscenity-laced phone threats in the days before and after passage of the sweeping legislation. The FBI is investigating the vandalism and threats, which include […] [...]

House passes healthcare reform bill

by Published: March 22,2010

Tags: Democrats, healthcare, healthcare reform, Obama

WASHINGTON — A transformative health care bill is headed to President Barack Obama for his signature as Congress takes the final steps in Democrats’ improbable and history-making push for near-universal medical coverage. On the cusp of succeeding where numerous past congresses and administrations have failed, jubilant House Democrats voted 219-212 late Sunday to send legislation […] [...]

Obama, Dems muster healthcare reform votes

WASHINGTON — Triumph in their grasp, President Barack Obama and House Democrats demonstrated command of the votes needed to pass landmark health care legislation Sunday night, a climactic chapter in a century-long quest for near universal coverage. The House argued its way through a thicket of Republican objections toward a late-evening vote on the bill […] [...]

Lawmakers vow to end corporate earmarks

by Published: March 10,2010

Tags: Congress, corporate earmarks, Democrats, earmarks

WASHINGTON — House Democratic leaders announced today that they will ban the much-criticized practice of using annual spending bills to direct pet projects to for-profit companies that often return the favor with campaign contributions. House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., told reporters that he hopes the step will mean 1,000 fewer earmarks and break […] [...]

Democrats wary of healthcare legislation

by Published: March 4,2010

Tags: Congress, Democrats, healthcare, healthcare reform

WASHINGTON — Rank-and-file Democrats in Congress remain wary of health care legislation in spite of President Barack Obama’s closing argument for overhauling the system, well aware that success is far from assured and political perils abound. “I think he has succeeded in prying open a window of opportunity, but it’s a very narrow window,” said […] [...]

Obama tries to woo reluctant Democrats

WASHINGTON — A small number of House Democrats who opposed health overhaul legislation on the first go-round may be President Barack Obama’s most important constituency when he unveils a revised proposal on Wednesday. At least nine of the 39 Democrats who voted “nay” when the House passed sweeping overhaul legislation 220-215 in November are now […] [...]

Democrats warily embrace healthcare plan

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats cautiously embraced President Barack Obama’s new health care plan as their last hope for enacting a comprehensive overhaul. Republicans trashed it, dimming prospects for any deal at the bipartisan health care summit that Obama has scheduled for Thursday to try to jump-start the debate. A year after calling on Congress to […] [...]

Supreme Court rolls back campaign spending limits

by Published: January 21,2010

Tags: Democrats, republicans, Supreme Court, Voting

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that corporations may spend as freely as they like to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress, easing decades-old limits on business efforts to influence federal campaigns. By a 5-4 vote, the court overturned a 20-year-old ruling that said companies can be prohibited from using money from […] [...]

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