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November 22, 2009
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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
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.
of terms in US healthcare debate
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
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.
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)
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)
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)
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....
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.
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Posted by Dan Pfeiffer on November 20, 2009 at 11:30 PM EST
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.
Insurance Reform vs. Medicare Part D
Posted by Dan Pfeiffer on November 21, 2009 at 4:08 PM EST
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fri, 20 Nov 2009 17:36:19 -0600
Defense Secretary Robert Gates comments on corruption in Afghanistan
while in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Fri, 20 Nov 2009 22:42:09 -0600
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates delivers remarks at Halifax
International Security Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Fri, 20 Nov 2009 19:50:31 -0600
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.
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 stations hatch on the second spacewalk of the STS-129
mission a little later than planned.
MCC Status Report #11
Fri, 20 Nov 2009 23:00:00 -0600
It's two down and one to go for Atlantis' spacewalkers.
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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