WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is prodding House and Senate Democrats to get him a final health care bill as soon as possible, encouraging them to bypass the usual negotiations between the two chambers in the interest of speed.
Obama delivered the message at an Oval Office meeting Tuesday evening with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his No. 2, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., joined in by phone.
They agreed that rather than setting up a formal conference committee to resolve differences between health bills passed last year by the House and Senate, the House will work off the Senate's version, amend it and send it back to the Senate for final passage, according to a House leadership aide, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss the private meeting.
How could anyone be surprised? With the possible upset of a Republican taking Kennedy's seat in this special election in two weeks, that would be a huge blow to the filibuster proof majority that they need to pass anything. These people are so slimy. The fact that it's being done so quickly and not correctly is going to cost everyone more than they can imagine.
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Answer by 29again at 8:59 AM on Jan. 6, 2010
Yeah, anon. I guess it would be somewhere on the same scale. I wonder how much the Patriot Act cost us though. Was it somewhere between 1/6 and 1/7 of our economy? The fact that they included wording in there that goes against congressional rule, but Reid can't be bothered by pesky little rules that keep our government in check. If Republicans were trying to pass something like this, Democrats head would be doing an exorcist turn and flames would be shooting out their ears.
Answer by QuinnMae at 8:59 AM on Jan. 6, 2010
I am personally disgusted like never before at the way they are handling this. This is so un-American, that I cannot describe it!
How is it unamerican? Was it unamerican when republicans did it?
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