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Topic - Adam Jentleson
Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana took the Senate's top Democrat to task on Tuesday, saying Majority Leader Harry Reid should disclose how he decided which of his staff should get their health insurance from the Obamacare exchanges.
Conservatives in the House sabotaged Speaker John A. Boehner's plan Tuesday to dent Obamacare while reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling, leaving senators scrambling to kick-start their own deal before Thursday's deadline for a potential default.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid moved Monday to end the debate on the immigration bill, filing a motion to set up final filibuster votes for Wednesday.
President Obama's top health official tried Thursday to stanch Republican lawmakers' complaints about the federal health care law amid growing concerns from both sides of the aisle that the administration is facing a "train wreck" as it prepares to go live with key parts of the system next year.
Barack Obama first kissed the woman who would become his wife outside a Chicago ice cream shop — and now there's a plaque to prove it.
Former Sen. Bob Kerrey is widely reported to be reconsidering his decision not to run for Senate in his native Nebraska, a move that could breathe life into the Democrats' fight to hold onto one of the party's most vulnerable seats this fall.
"Senator Reid continues to stand ready to work with any Republican who wants to work together to fix issues with the Affordable Care Act as they arise," Mr. Jentleson added. "Instead, Senator Vitter and his fellow Republicans appear dead set on going back to the days when insurance companies could deny Americans coverage based on pre-existing conditions."
"Sen. Reid and Sen. McConnell have re-engaged in negotiations and are optimistic that an agreement is within reach," Adam Jentleson, Mr. Reid's spokesman, said late Tuesday — though they adjourned late Tuesday without having finalized anything.