With House passage of the health care bill late Sunday, President Obama has succeeded where presidents going back decades before him have failed. But it was a hard-fought victory, costing him dearly in public approval and political capital.
The 'special relationship' the US and Israel have long enjoyed is being tested again today as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses AIPAC, the most powerful Israel lobby in Washington.
The health care vote results came in late Sunday night, with the House passing the bill, 219 to 212. President Obama is set to sign the bill into law this week. After that, the Senate will take up 'fixes.'
Rep. Bark Stupak of Michigan, who led a group of anti-abortion Democrats opposed to the health care bill, has promised a 'yes' on health care vote. Passage tonight now looks certain. Then what?
Democratic Party leaders appeared confident that most of the uncommitteds would vote yes on the health care reform bill.
Steny Hoyer sounded upbeat this afternoon when discussing the health care bill. "Clearly, we believe we have the votes," Hoyer said.
House leaders rejected 'deem and pass' Saturday, and negotiations on abortion concern made progress, clearing the way for Sunday's health care reform bill vote.
With the healthcare vote pending, President Obama will head over to Capitol Hill to rally support.
Americans are 'jamming the phone lines' to Capitol Hill as Congress takes up a monolithic healthcare bill this weekend. It’s as close as Washington gets to a political earthquake.