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Reid backs health care public optionupdated: Mon Oct 26 2009 20:21:00

The contentious debate over health care took a new twist Monday as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced his decision to craft legislation including a public insurance option allowing states to opt out.

Reid supports public optionupdated: Mon Oct 26 2009 20:21:00

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid intends to move forward with a health care bill including a public insurance option.

Optional public option enters Senate health care talksupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 08:11:00

Senate Democratic leaders met Thursday night with White House officials to consider including a government-funded public health insurance option, along with a provision allowing states to opt out of it, in a health care overhaul bill.

CNNMoney: How Main Street banks get what they wantupdated: Fri Oct 23 2009 18:36:00

In the wake of the financial meltdown, Wall Street banks remain pariahs in Washington. But Main Street banks are winning big.

Optional public option enters health care talksupdated: Thu Oct 22 2009 22:06:00

Senate Democratic leaders met Thursday night with White House officials to consider including a government-funded public health insurance option, along with a provision allowing states to opt out of it, in a health care overhaul bill.

Stimulus debate heats up as Dems push aid for small businessupdated: Thu Oct 22 2009 14:41:00

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Congress is set to consider a measure increasing the amount of money the federal government can lend to small businesses.

CNNMoney: Consumer protection agency moves aheadupdated: Thu Oct 22 2009 13:05:00

A key House committee on Thursday approved the most high-profile part of the White House plan to prevent future financial collapse: The creation of a new agency to regulate consumer financial products.

CBO finds Dem bill with public option reduces deficitupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 08:41:00

A preliminary estimate from the Congressional Budget Office projects that the House Democrats' health care plan that includes a public option would cost $871 billion over 10 years, according to two Democratic sources.

Snowe: 'History calls'updated: Fri Oct 16 2009 12:07:00

Sen. Olympia Snowe, a Republican who voted against her party on health care reform, explains her vote to CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

Democrats chastise Snowe over health care 'influence'updated: Fri Oct 16 2009 12:07:00

There was candid frustration Thursday coming from rank-and-file congressional Democrats about the influence of Maine's Republican senator in the health care reform debate.

Pelosi steps up defense of public option on health careupdated: Thu Oct 15 2009 16:31:00

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned her Senate counterparts Thursday that she intends to fight hard for a government-run health care plan as part of any comprehensive overhaul bill.

What it takes to pass a billupdated: Thu Oct 15 2009 16:31:00

How does a bill really become a law? CNN's Josh Levs shows the obstacles ahead for health care reform

Chance for bipartisanship on health care bill fadesupdated: Wed Oct 14 2009 19:37:00

Prospects for bipartisan cooperation on health care reform faded Wednesday as a key Senate Democrat called his GOP counterparts obstructionist and both conservative and liberal activists attacked the sweeping $827 billion Senate Finance Committee bill.

Agency predicts health care bill will cost $829 billionupdated: Wed Oct 07 2009 17:44:00

A compromise health care proposal widely seen as having the best chance to win Democratic and Republican support would cost $829 billion over the next 10 years, nonpartisan budget analysts concluded Wednesday.

GOP urges quick decision on Afghanistanupdated: Tue Oct 06 2009 20:17:00

Leading Republicans urged President Obama to make a swift decision in favor of more U.S. troops for the war in Afghanistan after talks between the president and congressional leaders Tuesday.

Obama, congressional leaders to meet on Afghan warupdated: Mon Oct 05 2009 20:20:00

President Obama will meet with top congressional leaders from both parties Tuesday to discuss a war in Afghanistan that now appears to be at a potential tipping point.

CNNMoney: Bernanke backs Obama regulation overhaulupdated: Thu Oct 01 2009 10:31:00

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Thursday endorsed most of the Obama administration's plan to overhaul the regulatory system, except for a consumer agency.

Public option debateupdated: Wed Sep 30 2009 14:07:00

Senators on a key committee take a stand on a controversial health care reform provision. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

Public option: 'Nothing is ever dead on Capitol Hill'updated: Wed Sep 30 2009 14:07:00

As lawmakers huddled this summer to put together the framework for health care legislation, it quickly became evident that the battle over President Obama's top priority would be neither quick nor easy.

Senate Democrats plan to force vote on public optionupdated: Tue Sep 29 2009 10:01:00

Two members of the Senate Finance Committee plan to put their Democratic colleagues on the spot on Tuesday by offering amendments on whether to give uninsured Americans the opportunity to join a government insurance program.

Pelosi: House Dems consider insurance tax to fund health careupdated: Fri Sep 25 2009 18:11:00

House Democratic leaders are discussing adding a tax on insurers as a way to reduce the overall price tag of their health care bill.

Obama hits the road with health care messageupdated: Thu Sep 17 2009 16:18:00

President Obama took his health care reform message back on the road Thursday, promising a raucous crowd of college students that Congress will pass legislation this year.

How Will Baucus Help Students?updated: Thu Sep 17 2009 16:18:00

Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen chats with Tony Harris about what the Baucus bill means for students.

House passes resolution criticizing Wilsonupdated: Wed Sep 16 2009 08:29:00

The House of Representatives on Tuesday formally admonished Republican Rep. Joe Wilson for shouting "you lie" during President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress last week.

Wilson reacts to resolutionupdated: Wed Sep 16 2009 08:29:00

Rep. Joe Wilson says it's time to move on and focus on health care reform.

Obama steps up call for health care reformupdated: Thu Sep 10 2009 16:07:00

The struggle over health care reform intensified Thursday as President Obama sought to build on what administration officials hoped was new momentum generated by his prime-time address to Congress.

Death gives Massachusetts 1st open Senate seat in decadesupdated: Thu Aug 27 2009 10:13:00

As Americans paused Wednesday to remember the extraordinary life of Sen. Edward Kennedy, political observers also took note of a rare development caused by his passing.

Kennedy's early yearsupdated: Thu Aug 27 2009 10:13:00

Newsreel video from the 1960's features the early years of Sen. Edward Kennedy's career.

Public option pressureupdated: Mon Aug 24 2009 18:11:00

President Obama faces calls from senators to postpone the public option. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

Obama, Democrats urged to find unity on health care reformupdated: Mon Aug 24 2009 18:11:00

With health care negotiations stalled until Congress comes back from August recess, a top Democratic strategist says President Obama and his party need to seize control of the debate.

Obama slams 'outrageous myths' about health careupdated: Sat Aug 22 2009 10:50:00

Facing a recent erosion of public support for health-care overhaul, President Obama lashed out at his opponents Saturday for spreading "outrageous myths" on the Internet, television, and at town hall forums.

Divided Democrats put Obama in health care bindupdated: Fri Aug 21 2009 14:20:00

As President Obama struggles to regain control of the health care debate, he's finding himself caught in a game of tug of war with members of his own party.

Obama promises reformupdated: Fri Aug 21 2009 14:20:00

President Obama takes calls on health care reform on a live radio broadcast.

Key House committee passes health care billupdated: Tue Aug 18 2009 11:05:00

A key House committee passed comprehensive health care reform legislation Friday, moving President Obama's domestic priority one step closer to congressional approval.

Analysis: Health care will run into spending bills after recessupdated: Tue Aug 11 2009 12:30:00

Members of Congress will come back from their summer break in September to a plate full of health care reform -- that's if they survive the latest rancorous and sometimes violent town hall meetings.

What's the reform timeline?updated: Thu Jul 30 2009 22:47:00

How long will it take for health care reform to kick in? Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes a look at the timeline.

GOP, Blue Dogs get health reform slowdown they wantedupdated: Thu Jul 30 2009 22:47:00

A key Senate committee won't vote on its compromise health care overhaul plan before the upcoming month-long August recess, giving Republicans and some conservative Democrats their desired slowdown in congressional action on President Obama's top domestic priority.

Obama's produce aisle pushupdated: Wed Jul 29 2009 23:45:00

President Obama takes his push for health care reform to a grocery store in rural Virginia. CNN's Ed Henry reports.

House health-care negotiations end night without a dealupdated: Tue Jul 28 2009 23:13:00

After more than six hours of negotiations among White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, talks between House Democratic leaders and key Blue Dog Democrats broke up Tuesday night without a deal on health-care reform.

House Dem leaders: No health care vote as recess nearsupdated: Tue Jul 28 2009 11:43:00

House Democratic leaders conceded Monday that concerns raised by fiscally conservative Democrats will prevent the chamber from voting on a health care reform bill before the end of the week, when it is scheduled to begin its August recess.

House Democrats dividedupdated: Tue Jul 28 2009 11:43:00

House Democrats remain divided on their support for health care reform. CNN's Dana Bash reports.

Commentary: The all-powerful August breakupdated: Tue Jul 28 2009 06:47:00

The issue was: Should they stay or should they go?

Sanchez talks with Coburnupdated: Fri Jul 24 2009 23:05:00

Rick Sanchez talks with Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn about health care and the "birther" movement.

House Democrats splinter over health careupdated: Fri Jul 24 2009 23:05:00

House Democrats split sharply over the issue of health care reform Friday as negotiations between a committee chairman and party conservatives broke down.

Obama vows health care reformupdated: Thu Jul 23 2009 21:33:00

President Obama says health care reform is central to rebuilding the U.S. economy.

No health care vote before August break, top Democrat saysupdated: Thu Jul 23 2009 21:33:00

The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate said Thursday the chamber won't vote on a health care reform bill until after the August recess.

'Real change' in health careupdated: Wed Jul 22 2009 19:57:00

Amid dwindling support for the House plan, Rep. Nancy Pelosi introduces two women who found their health insurance lacking.

Health care debate shifts to how much reform is neededupdated: Wed Jul 22 2009 19:57:00

President Obama prepared to take his push for health care reform to the American people in a Wednesday night news conference, with the debate focusing on how much overhaul is needed.

Borger: Congressional Democrats messing up on health careupdated: Tue Jul 21 2009 13:44:00

It's always hard to be optimistic about the passage of any kind of health care reform.

Obama, GOP trade barbs in health care fightupdated: Mon Jul 20 2009 22:52:00

The battle to overhaul health care intensified Monday, with President Obama accusing GOP critics of putting politics ahead of policy and a top Republican saying Democrats' plans would undermine the country's economic future.

Rx for reformupdated: Mon Jul 20 2009 22:52:00

CNN deputy political director Paul Steinhauser has the latest on President Obama's health care reform plan.

'Lower costs, more choices'updated: Fri Jul 17 2009 17:29:00

President Obama says his controversial health care plan will mean "lower costs and more choices" for Americans.

Democrats splinter in contentious health care reform debateupdated: Fri Jul 17 2009 17:29:00

The fight over health care reform took center stage on Capitol Hill on Friday, as the House Democratic leadership stepped up its push for passage of a bill before the August congressional recess.

King: GOP sees fertile ground in taxes, pocketbook issuesupdated: Fri Jul 17 2009 02:12:00

What the country could easily see this week was a major success story for the Obama White House: A confirmation drama featuring Judge Sonia Sotomayor that left even Republican critics predicting an easy path to confirmation.

Health care overhaul clears divided Senate committeeupdated: Wed Jul 15 2009 16:26:00

One of several proposals to overhaul the U.S. health care system passed a Senate committee Wednesday, with its ailing chairman praising the $600 billion plan as a step toward his longtime goals.

Obama, top Dems to tackle health reform alternativesupdated: Mon Jul 13 2009 14:55:00

President Obama will huddle with five top congressional Democrats on Monday afternoon to discuss how to pay for the health care reform bills that are stalled in Congress, largely over the issue of which taxes should be raised to cover the $1 trillion price tag, congressional aides told CNN.

Senators debate health careupdated: Mon Jul 13 2009 14:55:00

Watch as four senators debate health care reform on Sunday's State of the Union.

Congress, Cheney, and the CIAupdated: Sun Jul 12 2009 15:24:00

Watch as four senators weigh in on the relationship between Congress, the CIA and then-Vice President Dick Cheney.

Senator: Cheney and alleged secret CIA program 'a problem'updated: Sun Jul 12 2009 15:24:00

CIA Director Leon Panetta testified to a congressional committee that he was told former Vice President Dick Cheney ordered the intelligence agency to withhold information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Sunday.

Did CIA mislead Congress?updated: Thu Jul 09 2009 18:31:00

The CIA has been accused of deceiving lawmakers for years. CNN's Brianna Keilar reports.

House Dems: Panetta testified CIA has misled Congress repeatedlyupdated: Thu Jul 09 2009 18:31:00

CIA Director Leon Panetta recently testified to Congress that the agency concealed information and misled lawmakers repeatedly since 2001, according to a letter from seven House Democrats to Panetta made public Wednesday.

Republicans, Democrats trade barbs on alleged CIA wrongdoingupdated: Thu Jul 09 2009 17:33:00

Partisan sniping over allegations that the CIA intentionally misled lawmakers in recent years escalated sharply Thursday, with Republicans accusing Democrats of undermining national security and Democrats charging intelligence officials with illegally concealing information.

Obama takes health care push to the airwavesupdated: Thu Jun 25 2009 02:16:00

President Obama took his case for major health care reform to the airwaves Wednesday night in a nationally televised health care forum while congressional negotiators tackled numerous proposals relating to coverage and cost control.

Health care battle intensifies for Obama, Congressupdated: Wed Jun 24 2009 21:03:00

The struggle over health care reform reached a fever pitch Wednesday as sharp partisan lines were drawn over the politically explosive question of a possible government-funded public plan competing with private insurers' plans.

GOP lawmakers offer 'practical' health care reform planupdated: Tue Jun 16 2009 15:28:00

Congressional Republicans offered what they call a "centrist, practical" plan to overhaul the U.S. health care system Tuesday, one they say would be the cheapest of any option proposed so far.

McConnell blasts Dems over Sotomayor hearing dateupdated: Wed Jun 10 2009 17:10:00

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor Wednesday to blast Democrats for setting a start date on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearing.

What's new on Capitol Hill? Motherhoodupdated: Mon Jun 08 2009 16:17:00

At 8:30 a.m., Kirsten Gillibrand looks like any other working mom in a minivan dropping off her baby boy at day care and her other son at school.

Anita Hill's thoughts on former classmate Sotomayorupdated: Mon Jun 08 2009 09:20:00

Anita Hill will always be linked to the Senate confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court.

House Republican leaders float $375 billion in budget cutsupdated: Thu Jun 04 2009 19:04:00

The House Republican leadership upped the ante Thursday in the ongoing debate over the size and scope of the federal budget, unveiling a proposal to cut spending by $375 billion over the next five years.

Commentary: Obama and the life of the partyupdated: Thu May 28 2009 06:53:00

With his appointment of Sonia Sotomayor and a fiery speech in Nevada, President Obama bought himself a little breathing space with congressional Democrats after taking a big political hit from them last week.

Cheney: No real planupdated: Thu May 21 2009 23:18:00

Former Vice President Dick Cheney says President Obama's plans for Guantanamo are flawed.

Obama, Cheney offer competing views on national securityupdated: Thu May 21 2009 23:18:00

President Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney offered competing views on how to keep America safe in back-to-back speeches Thursday.

Obama to discuss plan for closing Guantanamo Bay prisonupdated: Thu May 21 2009 12:05:00

President Obama will address the future of the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Thursday morning in a speech at the National Archives.

Sources: Senate Dems refuse Obama funds to shut down Gitmoupdated: Wed May 20 2009 01:09:00

Senate Democrats will pull money to close the Guantanamo Bay military prison from a war funding bill instead of face an onslaught of criticism from Republicans, CNN has learned.

GOP hammers House Speakerupdated: Mon May 18 2009 21:54:00

Rep. Peter Hoekstra adds to the criticism of Nancy Pelosi and whether she knew waterboarding was being used.

John King: Pelosi goes mute, but not her criticsupdated: Mon May 18 2009 11:45:00

And amid all the talk, there was notable silence: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi decided not to appear on any of the Sunday shows to defend herself after a rocky week.

CNNMoney: Credit cards and gun rights - Huh?updated: Thu May 14 2009 17:57:00

What do guns have to do with credit cards?

CNNMoney: Senate deal on credit card curbsupdated: Tue May 12 2009 16:25:00

Key Senate negotiators have reached a deal on legislation targeting credit card rates and fees, the lead Democratic senator on the issue said Monday.

Gregg slams Obama's cutsupdated: Thu May 07 2009 16:51:00

Sen. Judd Gregg, (R) New Hampshire, discusses the budget cuts the White House announced Thursday.

Republicans rip Obama for insufficient budget cutsupdated: Thu May 07 2009 16:51:00

Republican congressional leaders tore into President Obama's proposed 2010 budget Thursday, arguing that his spending cuts will do little to stem a rising tide of red ink.

Harkin: Some in Senate may pursue funding to close Gitmoupdated: Tue May 05 2009 19:15:00

A day after House Democrats rejected the president's funding request to close down the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a senior Senate Democrat said he and other key senators may support the request.

CNNMoney: Credit card curbs near final showdownupdated: Tue May 05 2009 11:01:00

A bill that targets credit card rate hikes and fees is headed for a final showdown in the Senate as key lawmakers negotiate a possible compromise measure.

Congress approves $3.44 trillion budget resolutionupdated: Wed Apr 29 2009 18:26:00

Congress approved a $3.4 trillion budget for the coming year Wednesday, approving most of President Obama's key spending priorities including increasing in health care, education and alternative energy spending.

Pelosi to Republican voters: 'Take back your party'updated: Wed Apr 29 2009 17:32:00

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi marked President Barack Obama's 100th day in office with some unsolicited advice for Republican voters, telling them to "take back" their party.

CNNMoney: House approves $3.44T blueprintupdated: Wed Apr 29 2009 12:15:00

The House of Representatives passed a $3.44 trillion budget resolution for fiscal year 2010 Wednesday, approving most of President Barack Obama's key spending priorities.

Impacting the agendaupdated: Wed Apr 29 2009 10:13:00

Will Specter's switch mean smooth sailing for the Democrats? CNN's Jessica Yellin takes a look.

Analysis: GOP learning to be opposition partyupdated: Wed Apr 29 2009 10:13:00

Just when it seemed as if the Republican Party's political standing couldn't get any worse, Sen. Arlen Specter decides to ditch the GOP and join the Democratic Party.

Truth comes to the U.S. Capitolupdated: Tue Apr 28 2009 19:15:00

After a nearly decade-long effort, the National Congress of Black Women on Tuesday honored Sojourner Truth by making her the first African-American woman to have a memorial bust in the U.S. Capitol.

Budget resolution 'a major accomplishment,' negotiators sayupdated: Tue Apr 28 2009 03:27:00

House and Senate Democrats reached agreement late Monday on a budget resolution for 2010, which includes key spending priorities for the young Obama administration.

CNNMoney: Obama: Stamp out credit card 'abuses'updated: Thu Apr 23 2009 14:48:00

Ramping up his campaign to crack down on credit cards, President Obama met Thursday with more than a dozen executives of card-issuing companies to press his case for new consumer protections.

CNNMoney: Credit card crackdown advancesupdated: Wed Apr 22 2009 16:20:00

A key House panel on Wednesday advanced a bill to crack down on credit card interest rates and fees amid signs the Obama administration will try to toughen the bill further before it goes to a full vote.

"Pig Book" calls out top congressional porkersupdated: Tue Apr 14 2009 15:27:00

Listen closely and you'll hear squeals of disgust from a watchdog group tracking congressional pork in the nation's capital.

CNNMoney: Congress passes $3.5 trillion budget outlineupdated: Fri Apr 03 2009 04:02:00

The Senate passed a $3.53 trillion version of the federal budget for fiscal year 2010 late Thursday night in a party-line vote, ending several weeks of acrimonious partisan debate.

Senate follows House, passes Obama budget planupdated: Fri Apr 03 2009 02:17:00

The Senate passed a $3.53 trillion version of the federal budget for fiscal year 2010 late Thursday night in a party-line vote, ending several weeks of acrimonious partisan debate.

U.S. House passes $3.55 trillion budget for fiscal year 2010updated: Thu Apr 02 2009 20:41:00

The House of Representatives passed a $3.55 trillion budget for fiscal year 2010 Thursday night, capping off weeks of acrimonious partisan debate and a long day of voting marked by the defeat of several alternative plans.

Fortune: Chris Dodd's loyalty testupdated: Fri Mar 27 2009 12:58:00

In the U.S. Senate, seniority is all: You wait your turn. No one knows that better than Democrat Chris Dodd, the senior senator from Connecticut. "I went through 28 years of sitting next to people who either had the constitution of mules or great longevity," Dodd told Fortune late one afternoon recently in his arch-windowed office on Capitol Hill.

Thompson on Obama 'failing'updated: Wed Mar 25 2009 17:09:00

Fred Thompson tells CNN's John Roberts that he wants some of President Obama's policies to fail.

Obama goes to Capitol to lobby Democrats on budgetupdated: Wed Mar 25 2009 17:09:00

President Obama huddled with Senate Democrats on Capitol Hill Wednesday as the White House fought to save major domestic priorities in its record $3.6 trillion budget from the congressional budget ax.

Borger: Time for Obama to be The Deciderupdated: Wed Mar 18 2009 12:25:00

So far in this new presidency, there's been a lot of what we in Washington call "outreach." As in: outreach to labor, outreach to governors and, most of all, outreach to Republicans.

Bonuses allowed by stimulus billupdated: Wed Mar 18 2009 00:01:00

Democratic leaders scrambling to strip AIG executives of bonuses are having a hard time answering a key question: Why didn't Congress act to prevent the bonuses in the first place?

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