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It's really over this time; chambers finish health care overhaul

March 26, 2010 It's really done. After more than a year of debate, the House and Senate put the final touches on the healthcare overhaul Thursday, passing changes to the new law that locks up President Obama's signature domestic policy issue. The House passed the technical changes, contained in a reconciliation package, 220-207,...

Senate sends fixes bill back to House

March 25, 2010 The Senate on Thursday voted 56-43 to approve changes to the healthcare overhaul and send it back to the House for a re-vote on two tweaks that the Senate was forced to make to ensure the bill complied with reconciliation rules. The House expects to vote Thursday evening, Majority Leader...

House approves Senate health care bill

March 22, 2010 The House took a historic vote late Sunday night to approve an overhaul of the nation's healthcare system after more than a year of debate, a few near-deaths for the measure and an intense final week marked by loud and angry protests outside the Capitol. The House voted 219-212 to...

Markup set to seek information on health bill deals

January 25, 2010 The House Energy and Commerce Committee will mark up a Republican resolution Wednesday that would force the White House to bring to light information on backroom deals it made with certain healthcare industries to gain support for the overhaul bill. The markup comes just hours before President Obama heads to...

Congress has light load for State of the Union week

January 25, 2010 Congress has a fairly light legislative schedule this week as lawmakers prepare to receive President Obama's State of the Union and continue mulling what to do about healthcare legislation. Democrats do not appear in any rush to decide how to proceed with a healthcare overhaul. They are likely to maintain...

Dems aim to send health bill to CBO Friday

January 14, 2010 Healthcare overhaul negotiators have set a Friday goal to send a completed package to CBO, although they said deal-making could stretch into Saturday. While lawmakers must iron out several issues, the White House and labor officials shored up a tentative agreement today to bring unions on board with an excise...

House leaders return, with health overhaul back on front burner

January 12, 2010 House Democratic lawmakers return to town on Tuesday after nearly a month in their districts to talk about health care this evening and give leaders an idea of where to focus as they continue negotiations with the Senate. Leaders will meet Tuesday afternoon as well and have laid out a...

Informal negotiations on health bill are likely instead of conference

January 4, 2010 The House and Senate will not set up a formal conference to work out differences in the chambers' healthcare overhaul bills, a Democratic leadership aide said on Monday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., spoke over the weekend with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to begin the informal negotiations. Discussions...

Senate votes final passage of healthcare bill

December 24, 2009 UPDATED, 8:12 a.m. -- The Senate early on Thursday approved, 60-39, sweeping legislation to remake the nation's healthcare system that seeks to expand access to healthcare coverage and rein in insurance companies -- an effort that has eluded many past presidents and Congresses, but which now appears likely to become...

Senate moves up final healthcare overhaul vote

December 22, 2009 The Senate's final vote on the sweeping healthcare overhaul will take place at 8 a.m. Thursday, about 12 hours earlier on Christmas Eve than it would have been held if Republicans used up all their time to delay the vote. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Minority Leader...

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