Congress And Lawmakers
Monday, February 01, 2010
President Obama is sending a $3.8 trillion budget to Congress today. The new budget predicts an average deficit over the next decade of 4.5 percent of the size of the economy.
Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich says the budget is a direct political challege by the president to an unpopular Congress.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
- CONGRESS TAKEOUT: Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us from Capitol Hill with more reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address.
- AUTO TAKEOUT: Because of faulty accelerators, Toyota decided this week to stop building and selling eight of it's most popular models, including the Camry and Corolla. Paul Eisenstein, publisher of The Detroit Bureau, joins tells us about the recall.
- BUSINESS TAKEOUT: The Federal Reserve decided this week to keep short-term interest rates near zero. New York Times finance reporter Louise Story joins us to discuss the Fed's move, and how it may help support economic recovery.
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Late last night, Senate Democrats reportedly furthered the effort to get their fractious members to move ahead on reforming the nation's health care. The deal, as reported by The New York Times, sets aside the contentious 'public option' and will instead expand Medicare coverage and provide incentives for insurers to set up national not-for-profit plans. For more on the delicate negotiating, we turn to our own Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives aren't satisfied with the health care reform bill drafted by the Democrats, so they have written a health care bill of their own. There are significant aspects of the Republican bill that aren't yet clear, chief among them how much the plan would cost. An analysis by the Congressional Budget Office said the GOP plan would insure only 3 million of those currently without health insurance. By comparison, the Democratic plan would insure 36 million currently uninsured Americans. (Both estimates look ahead to the year 2019.) While the Democrats' bill would cover 96 percent of eligible Americans, the Republican alternative would cover 83 percent — roughly comparable to current levels. House Minority Whip Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) joins us with a look inside the Republican bill and his take on the nation's priorities for health care reform. (Click through for a full interview transcript.)
Join us tomorrow when Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the House Majority Whip, talks with us about the Democrats' health care reform ideas.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
When President Obama made overhauling the U.S. health care system his top domestic priority, he supported the so-called public option to help cover some of the nation's uninsured. As the debate lumbered forward over the summer, many Democrats said they would oppose any health care reform bill without a robust public option. But when Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) drafted a health care bill in the influential Senate Finance Committee, there was no public option included, in part because Republicans stood united against a government-run health insurarnce agency, calling it the first step toward socialized medicine. As far as the Senate was concerned, the public option was dead. But in the House of Representatives, the public option is back in the center of the debate.
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has pushed for health care reform legislation to include a public option from early on in the debate. Even though it didn't make it into the Senate Finance committee's health care bill, the public option is now gaining steam. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll says 57% of Americans actually support it.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Bank of America may be forced to give Congress access to conversations that the bank had with its attorneys during the run-up to its merger with Merrill Lynch. Louise Story, finance reporter for The New York Times, reports that the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has told Bank of America it cannot use attorney-client privilege when dealing with Congress.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
—Writer Jonathan Mahler on the closing of Guantanamo Bay
Monday, May 18, 2009
—BBC correspondent Jonathan Marcus on Benjamin Netanyahu coming to Washington
Thursday, May 14, 2009
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Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
—Congressman Jerrold Nadler on investigating interrogators
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Tuesday, February 03, 2009
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Tuesday, February 03, 2009
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Friday, January 16, 2009
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Thursday, January 08, 2009