On May 20, 2009, four Republicans -- Representatives Paul Ryan and Devin Nunes and Senators Richard Burr and Tom Coburn -- unveiled their alternative to the health- care plans then being considered by congressional Democrats. “We have introduced a comprehensive health care reform bill, the Patients’ Choice Act that, we believe, will bring us far closer to the goal of universal coverage than the Obama plan,” they wrote in a joint essay.
U.S. Senate Republicans today dealt a blow to President Barack Obama’s efforts to install his own nominee as regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, blocking an effort to confirm Representative Mel Watt to the post.
Some Senate Democrats who back the Keystone XL Pipeline are rebuffing plans by House Republican leaders to attach approval of the project to a measure suspending the nation’s debt ceiling, a sign the Republican strategy could falter.
The U.S. Senate is poised tomorrow to begin debating legislation that would restore funding for President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law as part of a spending bill to fund the government past Sept. 30.
Talks to broker a compromise on government-backed college financial aid intensified after Republicans blocked a Democratic plan to cancel the July 1 doubling of a loan rate for 7 million low-income students.
U.S. lawmakers have been deluged by calls from constituents in the past few weeks, urging them to avert a government shutdown or stand firm against the health- care law. Now, callers are more likely to reach voice mail rather than an employee.
During Congress’s August break in 2009, the Tea Party movement helped Republicans demonstrate public anger about President Barack Obama’s health-care legislation by showing up at rowdy town-hall meetings.
Republican Senators Richard Burr and Tom Coburn called for an investigation of government disclosure of proposed regulations restricting federal aid to Apollo Group Inc., Education Management Corp. and other for-profit colleges.