Archive for ‘March, 2010’

Obama on Energy Security >

Here are the remarks of President Obama as given out to reporters on his speech today on energy security and his decision to expand offshore oil and gas exploration. Remarks of President Barack ObamaStatement on Energy Security Wednesday, March 31, 2010Andrews Air Force Base, MarylandAs Prepared for Delivery–Thank you, Secretary …

Energy Deal Push >

Despite reservations within his own party, President Obama is pushing ahead with energy security plans that seem likely to again aggravate members of his own party, this time on the issue of offshore oil and gas exploration. Today, the President gives a speech on energy issues, focusing on expanded offshore …

Next Health Flashpoint >

With both health reform bills in Congress now law, the focus turns in Congress to the public relations battle between Democrats and their critics, as each side tries to get the upper hand in the next phase of this health debate. Mention the name of Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) the …

Wall Street Reform Push >

After a busy first quarter of the year, the Congress is out for the next two weeks on an Easter Break.  What’s next for lawmakers is a legislative focus that may likely shift – especially in the Senate – to a major financial reform plan for Wall Street. Sen. Chris …

The Ethics Deal >

There was an interesting turn of events on the ethics front in Congress on Monday, as former Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA) was publicly rapped by an outside ethics board setup in 2008 to review lawmaker conduct. Usually, once a member of Congress leaves Capitol Hill, any ethics matters disappear as …

Jobless Benefits Battle >

We will probably hear a lot over the next two weeks about the lapse of extended jobless and COBRA health benefits for some unemployed Americans, but there are a number of other items that are running out of time as well in this legislative dispute. One part of this bill …

Health Law Part 2 >

President Obama today signs into law the second bill approved by Congress, which finalizes the taxes to be used to pay for the new health reform law, and puts the final touches on a big Democratic political victory. This bill also includes student loan reform sought by Democrats, one reason …

Springtime Christmas Tree >

We will get an idea just how disciplined the Congress is in coming weeks on the budget, as lawmakers consider a new supplemental spending bill requested by the White House for earthquake relief in Haiti. The Obama Administration is asking for $2.8 billion to help with ongoing disaster efforts in …

Mixed Nominations Weekend >

There were ups and downs this weekend for the White House when it comes to Executive Branch nominations, as President Obama for the first time moved to bypass the U.S. Senate, but must also again find a new choice to lead airline security efforts. The first storyline emerged on Friday …

Plenty Of Blame >

Lawmakers in Congress left town last week without resolving a dispute over extended jobless and COBRA health benefits, as well as some other items that expire in coming days.  It’s likely to spark a lot of finger political finger pointing before the House and Senate return in two weeks. Why …