- - Thursday, April 14, 2011


Obama signs repeal of part of health care law

President Obama has signed the first rollback of last year’s health care law, a bipartisan repeal of a burdensome tax-reporting requirement that’s widely unpopular with businesses.

The bill Mr. Obama signed Thursday repeals a provision that would have forced millions of businesses to file tax forms for every vendor selling them more than $600 in goods each year, starting in 2012. The filing requirement is unrelated to health care. However, it would have been used to pay for part of the new health care law by ensuring that vendors pay taxes.

Republicans hope it is the first of many such bills, resulting in the entire health care law being scrapped. Democrats say the bill is part of an inevitable tinkering that will be needed to improve the health measure.


Pelosi angry about negotiations freeze-out

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi complained Thursday that her caucus was shut out of the negotiating process last week when congressional leaders and the White House hammered out a 2011 spending deal that avoided a government shutdown.

The California Democrat added that she feels “no ownership” of the compromise.

“It’s pretty evident House Democrats were not a part of that agreement,” Mrs. Pelosi said during her weekly briefing with reporters at the Capitol. “The Republicans in the House, the Democrats in the Senate - the two majorities - they were the ones who had the votes, so they have the strength to negotiate.”


Rep. Berkley to seek Ensign seat in Senate

LAS VEGAS | Rep. Shelley Berkley will run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Nevada Republican John Ensign.

Mrs. Berkley’s campaign released a statement Thursday in Washington putting the seven-term Democrat from Las Vegas in the race against Rep. Dean Heller, a northern Nevada Republican who already has announced he will seek the seat.

Mrs. Berkley and Mr. Heller each easily won re-election in November and have been considered front-runners to replace Mr. Ensign since he announced in March that he won’t seek a third term. A Democratic lawyer, Byron Georgiou, is also in the race.

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