July 24, 2009

IT'S NOT LIKE THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO DEBATE LEGISLATION....:

House Dems threaten floor vote to break impasse (ERICA WERNER, 7/24/09, Associated Press)

Dissension within Democratic ranks over President Barack Obama's health care initiative all but paralyzed the House Friday, typifying just how many political land mines are littering the path to enactment. [...]

Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said negotiations with fiscally conservative Democrats on his panel cannot continue indefinitely. But a floor vote would put fellow Democrats in an exposed position, having to cast a vote on a $544-billion upper-income tax increase that the Senate is unlikely to embrace to help pay for covering the millions of uninsured Americans. [...]

Two House panels have already passed legislation. Waxman is stymied because seven conservatives on his committee — part of a group called the Blue Dog Democrats — are sticking together.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 24, 2009 12:18 PM
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