Senator John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and coauthor of a major climate and energy bill, discussed the chances of the bill clearing Congress this year at a May 26 Monitor Breakfast.
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen discussed House Democrats' strategy for the 2010 election at a May 24 Monitor Breakfast.
Congress is considering raising a corporate liability cap from $75 million to $10 billion. Thomas Donohue, president of the US Chamber of Commerce, says that's 'changing the rules in the middle of the game.'
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the Republican chief deputy whip, says the president is in political danger because of his response to the Gulf oil spill.
The Gulf oil spill may well derail energy and climate legislation this year, acknowledged Sen. John Kerry on Wednesday. But it won't halt offshore oil drilling in the Gulf, given America's reliance on that resource, he said.
Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine discussed the DNC's strategy for the 2010 election at an April 28 Monitor Lunch.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, says Republicans have a more engaged voting base, thanks to the 'tea parties.' But the GOP's shift to the right could hurt it in the general election, he says.
Though data show the economy is on the mend, voters' perception ahead of the 2010 elections is that it is still struggling, says Rep. Chris Van Hollen, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
The GOP Senate campaign chief answered questions at an April 29 Monitor Breakfast in Washington about upcoming 2010 Senate races.
The Housing and Urban Development Secretary answered questions at a May 18 Monitor Breakfast about his plan to reallocate up to $1 billion in additional funds to stabilize those neighborhoods that were the hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis.
With housing starts rising in April, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan says his department will reallocate up to $1 billion to help areas where the housing industry has not recovered.
With Florida Republican Gov. Charlie Crist expected to announce an independent run for Senate, Republican leaders say they will do their best to starve him of campaign funds.
Battling a tough political climate, party chairman Tim Kaine said Democrats will frame themselves as the 'results party' in the 2010 election. The party would spend more than $50 million to turn out voters to maintain the Democrats' congressional majorities, he added.
Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, says new reports about a push for immigration reform don't mean Congress will put an energy bill on the back burner.
A new poll showing an 'intensity gap' between Democratic and Republican voters raises questions about the Tea Party's impact ahead of 2010 Congressional elections.
The head of the Democratic Governors Association refuses to predict how many statehouses the party will win in 2010. But he says there are opportunities for Democrats.
Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Elmendorf is confident that the CBO forecast about health care reform and the deficit is true. But he acknowledges tough deficit choices ahead.
Democratic strategists Stanley Greenberg and James Carville say the Obama White House needs to do a better job explaining its economic plan as it heads toward the 2010 elections.
As it adapts to a reduction in mail volume, the Postal Service needs to meet customers where they already shop, says Postmaster General John Potter.
Ron Kirk, US trade representative, wants lawmakers to push ahead on new free trade pacts. Some Democrats advocate a timeout to assess the effects of existing accords such as NAFTA.