The decision has been formally made to not formally hold a conference committee, potentially speeding passage of a health care bill. I say “potentially” because passage is going to hinge on a bicameral agreement, and that’s not going to take a day or two. As expected, the Senate bill will generally be the template. . .
|By: David Dayen Wednesday January 6, 2010 7:04 am|
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday December 10, 2009 8:01 am|
Reid’s flim-flamming arrogance is infuriating. He thinks his power as Majority Leader is to be used for nothing better than his own personal advancement. He won’t use it to push Joe Lieberman and Blanche Lincoln, but campaign cash? The whole country can wait!
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday December 8, 2009 3:15 pm|
Circumventing conference can’t happen without the help of progressive members of the House. There are 83 members of the Progressive Caucus I believe.
It will present a whole host of interesting organizing opportunities that we haven’t seen before when rage in these communities allows us to put up reform challengers who will siphon off the strongest activist support over a health. Since those districts have no chance of ever going Republican, it would shake up the entire dynamic and pose the first real threat that many of these members have ever had.