President Obama is pushing for passage of healthcare reform by month’s end. Is ‘reconciliation’ that obscure?
Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell vowed to fight any Democratic effort to pass healthcare reform on an 'up-or-down' vote. The process, called reconciliation, is fraught with difficulties.
After Thursday's healthcare summit, reaction from both sides is positive, but Democrats still likely to proceed without Republican support.
Republicans said after the healthcare summit that Obama and the Democrats appear ready to go it alone on healthcare. That means resorting to a process called reconciliation, which allows measures to pass by a simple majority.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is not backing away from a swipe he took at young congressional staffers during a speech Wednesday. In fact, at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast for reporters Thursday, he broadened the attack to include older staffers.
Breaking partisan stalemate, 13 Republicans joined Democrats Wednesday to approve a $15 billion jobs bill. Both sides see the cooperation as a template for progress on future legislation.
GOP leaders on Capitol Hill criticize Obama's healthcare plan, lowering expectations for Thursday's bipartisan summit on the issue.
Senate Democrats should pass Obama's healthcare plan with 51 votes. Trying to win over Republicans is a waste of time.
Obama is urging lawmakers to take a constructive approach to the bipartisan healthcare summit on Thursday. But many members of the GOP are wary of the meeting.