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November 22, 2009


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Dear Friend, Last night, we reached another historic milestone in the fight for real health care reform. The Senate passed the first procedural hurdle in moving the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act forward with a successful 60-39 vote to proceed on the bill. We needed 60 votes to move forward, and that's exactly what we got. So does this mean the fight is over? Not even close. Republicans are going to use every trick in the book to beat this bill -- delays, poison-pill amendments, and distortions about the bill -- whatever it takes. And there will be plenty of more times we need to fight for every last vote. Thousands and thousands of you have added your names to the list of supporters of this bill. You are among the millions of Americans speaking out who will ultimately make the difference for health care reform. If you haven't had a chance, add your name to our list of supporters of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act. Thank you so much for your support. We made history last night, but there is still much to do. I'll keep you updated as we make progress on this bill. Sincerely, Chris Dodd
FACTBOX-Glossary of terms in US healthcare debate Reuters Nov 21 (Reuters) - The debate over US healthcare reform is full of terms familiar to lawmakers and lobbyists but often obscure to the public. Here is a glossary of words and phrases being bandied about as Congress considers President Barack Obama's top ...
Obama asks for patience on economy WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Americans to show patience over the economy and argued that his just-concluded Asia trip was critical for U.S. exports, countering criticism he had returned empty-handed.
VIDEO: Pres. Obama Weekly Address Pres. Obama recorded his weekly address while in Seoul, South Korea, on his recent trip to Asia. Length: 4 min. Published: Saturday at 11am (ET)
VIDEO: American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) Conference The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) holds its National Policy Conference on "Renewable Energy in America." Speakers address U.S. competitiveness in the global renewable energy industry. The conference also covers the renewable energy landscape, the challenges we face, and solutions to renewable electricity and renewable fuels. Length: 1 hr. Published: Friday at 8pm (ET)
VIDEO: Senate Democratic Leaders Briefing on Health Care Bill After the Senate voted to move forward with the debate on health care legislation, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) held a press briefing. Length: 10 min. Published: Saturday at 8:18pm (ET)
Biden says Senate handed Obama a big victory by By MIKE GLOVER DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Joe Biden told Iowa Democrats on Saturday that the Senate handed the president a big victory with its decision to move forward with debate on sweeping legislation to overhaul the nation's health care system....
Senate Votes to Proceed with Health Care Debate by Tula Connell The Senate tonight voted 60-39 to open up debate on health care reform legislation, with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) winning the 60 votes needed to pass the measure. Calling the vote “a critical and historic milestone in the march toward genuine health care reform,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Democrats “signaled that they are united and serious about solving the health care problems that torment working families daily.”
Speaking of Page Numbers... Posted by Dan Pfeiffer on November 20, 2009 at 11:30 PM EST
Weekly Address: Traveling Abroad for Our Economy at Home Posted by Jesse Lee on November 21, 2009 at 12:00 AM EST In an address recorded in Seoul, South Korea, the President discusses his trip to Asia. He talks about his push to stop nuclear proliferation in North Korea, Iran, and around the world. He talks about promoting America's principles for an open society in China while making progress on joint efforts to combat climate change. And talks in-depth about the primary objective of his trip: engaging in new markets that hold tremendous potential to spur job creation here at home.
Health Insurance Reform vs. Medicare Part D Posted by Dan Pfeiffer on November 21, 2009 at 4:08 PM EST
Senate health care bill clears key hurdle Posted: November 21st, 2009 08:22 PM ET WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Senate voted 60-39 Saturday night to proceed with a floor debate on Majority Leader Harry Reid's $848 billion health care bill.
Senate Democrats assured of 60 votes to debate health bill Posted: November 21st, 2009 02:35 PM ET WASHINGTON (CNN) – Senate Democrat Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas said Saturday she will support bringing the Senate health care reform bill to the floor for debate, giving Democrats the 60 votes they need to prevent a Republican filibuster.
Lincoln on board, 60 in hand by Carrie Budoff Brown,Jake Sherman Sen. Lincoln (D-Ark.) says she'll deliver the deciding vote to push forward with health reform plan.
VA Secretary Eric Shinseki Fri, 20 Nov 2009 22:25:49 -0600 Thursday's coverage of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki delivering remarks at the 2009 National Guard Joint Senior Leadership Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.
GEN Victor Renuart Fri, 20 Nov 2009 23:13:42 -0600 Gen Victor Renuart Commander of NORAD and USNORTHCOM delivered remarks at the 2009 National Guard Joint Senior Leadership Conference.
International Security Forum Fri, 20 Nov 2009 17:36:19 -0600 Defense Secretary Robert Gates comments on corruption in Afghanistan while in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
SECDEF Comments Fri, 20 Nov 2009 22:42:09 -0600 Secretary of Defense Robert Gates delivers remarks at Halifax International Security Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
DownRange Fri, 20 Nov 2009 19:50:31 -0600
Renuart/Guard Fri, 20 Nov 2009 17:36:30 -0600 The commander of NORTHCOM and NORAD is warning the nation not to become complacent because there have not been any terrorist attacks on U.S. soil since 9/11.
STS-129 MCC Status Report #10 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 23:00:00 -0600 An overnight interruption in their preparations will mean that Mission Specialists Mike Foreman and Randy Bresnik will head out the station’s hatch on the second spacewalk of the STS-129 mission a little later than planned.
STS-129 MCC Status Report #11 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 23:00:00 -0600 It's two down and one to go for Atlantis' spacewalkers.
Senate Democrats vote to bring health bill to floor for debate The Senate voted along party lines Saturday night to overcome a Republican filibuster and bring to the floor a bill that would overhaul the nation's health-care system. (By Shailagh Murray and Paul Kane, The Washington Post)
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