House of Representatives
1. Enact a public option
Question for Raul Grijalva and Keith Ellison, do you have specific legislative language for a public option with a bill number? Because if you don't you are just jerking your supporters around.
Louise Slaughter, chair of the House Rules Committee, has written an opinion piece for CNN:
It's time that we draw the line on this weak bill and ask the Senate to go back to the drawing board. The American people deserve at least that.
Not nearly as strong as I would like, but a tremendous shot across Harry Reid's bow. Read below the fold...
Rochester Turning can't say enough good things about Massa.
Saturday evening I attended an Eric Massa house party on the shores of the enchanting Keuka Lake. It was very well attended, with about 60 people there to listen to and support (for the most part) our congressman, who speaks truth to power in spite of the consequences.
Incoming House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and the old bull he ousted from the post, Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) have reached an unusual power-sharing arrangement.
Waxman will cede to Dingell the lead role in drafting health reform legislation, a major priority for congressional Democrats and the incoming Obama administration, the two lawmakers announced late Thursday afternoon.Read below the fold...
Via Open Left we learn the latest developments in House Leadership shifts:
But Emanuel is being replaced by current Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman John Larson (Conn.), who, while well-liked and generally respected within the caucus, is regarded as far more liberal than Emanuel.
And Larson’s replacement as vice chairman is expected to be Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), a former Congressional Hispanic Caucus chairman who leans even further to the left than Larson.Read below the fold...