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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gazing down the "Path to Prosperity"

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Everywhere you turn in Washington, there are budget battles. Democrats and Republicans are negotiating the 2011 budget in hopes of avoiding a government shutdown this Friday; the 2012 budget is still in the air; and the Congressional Budget Office, under the leadership of Paul Ryan (R-WI), has offered a proposal that looks to shave $6 billion from the federal budget - including big changes to Medicaid and Medicare. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) discusses the negotiation on the hill; and John Heilemann, national affairs editor for New York Magazine; Paul Starr, professor of public policy at Princeton; and Ed Haislmaier, health policy researcher at the Heritage Foundation discuss the Ryan proposal.

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Federal Budget Deadline Looming

Monday, April 04, 2011

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Staten Island's Health Reform Darling Faces Budget Wrath

Friday, April 01, 2011

Henry Thompson, the CEO of the Community Health Center in Staten Island, is suffering from political whiplash.

After the clinic opened in 2006 – with nearly every bold-faced name in local politics in attendance – the clinic received a grant during the Bush administration two years later to build a new location. In 2009, the clinic received $1.3 million in stimulus dollars to expand hours and services.

Then came the federal health care overhaul last year, which provides $11 billion dollars to support and expand the network of clinics across the country.

But now, the clinic is one of six federally funded community health centers that could close if budget cuts passed by the House make it into a final compromise spending plan.

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America Worries as Government Mucks Through Budget

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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The problem is when things are pitched in general terms, people tend to reactively oppose them...but when you get more specific, like what about this kind of change what about that kind of change, people express less resistance. But right now the conversation is still in these broad general terms which leads to a lot of resistance from the public.

Michael Dimock,associate director for the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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Sen. Menendez on Libya, Oil and the Federal Budget

Monday, March 21, 2011

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In order to establish a no-fly zone and leave our coalition allies together, and the men and women who serve us safe...it takes a degree of military strikes to stop the command and control abilities to knock out the air monitoring systems, to ensure that the very civilians that the Arab League wants us to protect, can be protected...If we could do it with a magic wand and stop all of Libyan air fights from taking place...then we'd love to do that, but that's not the way it works.

Sen. Robert Menendez, N..J. Democrat and member of the Foreign Relations Committee, on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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Finding Budget Common Ground

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY), who voted "no" on the three-week federal budget extension, and Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY), who voted "yes", discuss the budget battles in Washington.

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