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    The Senate Cloakroom: Nov. 16 – 20

    Analysis – Will the health care debate start next week? Everyone is asking the question, but no one seems to have the answer. Rumors will continue to dominate the discussion until Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) takes some concrete action. In the midst of health care speculation, the Senate will consider … More

    The House Cloakroom: Nov. 16 – 20

    Analysis – With the first half of the health care bill now passed out of the House the Speaker now pivots to the second half of the health care bill commonly referred to as the “doc fix.” The “doc fix” refers to the undoing of the flawed Medicare payment update … More

    The House Cloakroom: Nov. 9 – 13

    Analysis – With the passage of the health care bill on Saturday night the House is now out of session for the entire week. Major Floor Action – None.

    The Senate Cloakroom: Nov. 9 – 13

    Analysis – With Veterans’ Day on Wednesday, the Senate will have a shorter than normal workweek – Monday and Tuesday. Senators will spend the remainder of the week back home honoring veterans and, presumably, hearing from constituents about health care. The timeline for Senate action on the Reid-Obama health care … More

    The House Cloakroom: Nov. 2 – 6

    Analysis – After unveiling her 1,990 page health care bill late this week, Speaker Pelosi hopes to have the bill on the House floor by Thursday with work possibly going into Saturday or even into the following week to finish consideration of the legislation. A manager’s amendment is expected to … More

    The Senate Cloakroom: Nov. 2 – 6

    Analysis – An extension of unemployment insurance benefits will occupy the Senate for most of the week, again. Not only is this the wrong way to address the lack of jobs, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has numerous amendments, including those that may actually spur job creation. Shutting … More

    The Senate Cloakroom: Oct. 26 – 30

    Senate Analysis – An extension of unemployment insurance benefits will occupy the Senate for most of the week. Not only is extending jobless benefits the wrong way to address the lack of jobs, but Senators are likely to attach more misguided policies – like an extension of the homebuyers tax … More

    The House Cloakroom: Oct. 26 - 30

    House Analysis – Questions remain as to whether Speaker Pelosi and her leadership team are able to whip up the necessary votes to pass a robust Health Care public option out of the House. This will certainly be topic of discussion during the week. It is expected to be another … More

    The Senate Cloakroom: Oct. 19 – 23

    Senate Analysis: Late last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced the next week would be devoted to S.1776, the Medicare Physician Fairness Act. The $247 billion so-called “doc fix” was originally included in the massive health care overhaul being crafted behind closed doors. By moving the measure separately, … More

    The Senate Cloakroom: Oct. 12 – 16

    Senate Analysis – This week, the Senate will continue work on more over-due appropriations bills. On Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee is expected to vote on its health care reform concept. Of course, the real work will continue behind closed doors where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and members … More