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Senate debate on health care

Posted: 12/04/2009 - Here are several Senate floor speeches on health care reform. You can listen to the back-and-forth between Democrats and Republicans.

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Bunning: Bernanke failure as Fed Chief

Posted: 12/04/2009 - Senator Jim Bunning says he’ll do everything he can to retire Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. During Thursday’s Banking Committee Hearing on the nomination of Ben Bernanke, Bunning called the Fed Chief “the definition of a moral hazard” and said his time as the Federal Reserve Chairman has been a “failure.”

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Bunning blames Obama for loss of American lives in Afghanistan War

Updated: 12/04/2009 - In an interview earlier this week with Fox News, Senator Jim Bunning said President Obama “waited far too long” to make his decision to send more troops to Afghanistan. The Kentucky Senator went on to blame the President for the loss of American lives.

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Senate Votes to Keep Medicare Cuts in Health Care Bill

Posted: 12/03/2009 - In its first votes on health care reform, the Senate rejected a Republican bid to prevent Medicare cuts and approved safeguards for coverage of mammograms and other preventive tests for women.

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Showdown over abortion looms in Senate

Posted: 12/03/2009 - Senators debating health care legislation are headed for a clash over abortion, the issue that threatened to derail the bill in the House. Anticipating the showdown, hundreds of abortion rights supporters gathered on Capitol Hill Wednesday to call on senators to keep new abortion restrictions out of the health care bill.

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McConnell: “Reform shouldn’t come at the expense of seniors

Posted: 12/02/2009 - The health care debate is heating up in the Senate and that means we can expect daily floor speeches from the leaders of both parties. Today Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell continued to push “The McCain Amendment.”

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McCain offers amendment to protect Medicare

Posted: 12/01/2009 - Senator John McCain offered the first GOP amendment to the health care reform bill. The amendment will strip out more than 400 billion dollars in Medicare cuts to home health providers, hospitals, hospices and others. It is a pitch to seniors, who polls show have deep concerns about the legislation.

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Health Care Debate Resumes

Posted: 11/30/2009 - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid promised lawmakers will work weekends to pass health care reform by Christmas. Meanwhile, the war of words rages on between the GOP and Democrats as the debate opens in the Senate.

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Obama and GOP offer differing recipes for economy and jobs

Posted: 11/29/2009 - President Barack Obama and a top House Republican acknowledged in holiday messages Thursday the economic struggles facing Americans this Thanksgiving but offered starkly different recipes for relief. Obama and Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., singled out U.S. service members at home and abroad for special thanks before saying what they think should be done to fix the economy.

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Key GOP Senator Pushes for Probe Into Climate Change Research

Posted: 11/25/2009 - A Republican lawmaker is calling for an investigation into whether a U.N. panel "cooked the science" on climate change following the publication of more than 1,000 private e-mails that global warming skeptics say proves the threat is overstated.

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Dueling floor speeches

Updated: 11/23/2009 - Here is a recap of several floor speeches leading up to the Senate’s vote on health care reform.

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Senate Roll Call: Health Care

Updated: 11/23/2009 - Here is a complete list of Saturday’s Roll Call vote from the Associated Press. The bill passed 60-39 with no Republicans voting in favor of the health care reform legislation. Democrats needed a 60-vote majority to advance the measure to a full debate.

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Senator Graham questions AG Holder on terrorist trials

Posted: 11/19/2009 - Attorney General Eric Holder told a Senate panel Wednesday that there is no need to fear trying 9-11 suspects in New York. Still, that assurance was not enough to ease the concerns of Republicans and many relatives of 9-11victims. You can watch some of the questioning here.

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Republican leadership responds to Democratic health care bill

Posted: 11/19/2009 - Republicans wasted little time today going after the Democrats latest health care bill. GOP leaders say “Democrats should stop digging deeper into the deficit” claiming the Reid bill will result in higher premiums, tax increases and a government take-over of the nation’s health care system.

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Mitch McConnell: They haven’t been listening

Updated: 11/19/2009 - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell promised, “This will not be a short debate” when talking about the latest Democratic health care bill. The 849-billion dollar measure would extend coverage to 94-percent of Americans and bar private industry from denying insurance due to pre-existing medical conditions.

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Senate Democrats unveil health care bill

Updated: 11/19/2009 - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid unveiled the Democrats health care bill late last night. This sets up a possible early showdown on the Senate floor by weeks end.

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