Friday, July 17, 2009

  • GOP Won’t Filibuster Sonia Sotomayor Confirmation Vote

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    Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor appears headed to a speedy confirmation after her last day of questioning on Capitol Hill. On Thursday, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Jeff Sessions, said he won’t try to filibuster a vote on Sotomayor’s nomination. During her closing remarks, Sotomayor said her judicial record in untainted by personal views. Democracy Now!'s Juan Gonzalez reports on this week's hearings. [includes rush transcript]

  • Howard Dean on His Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform

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    "I don’t give a damn about the health insurance people being in business or out of business. I want a system that works," says Dean, physician, six-term Vermont governor, Democratic presidential candidate in 2004, and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. We speak to Dean hours after the House Ways and Means Committee approved legislation to overhaul the nation’s healthcare system and expand insurance coverage. By a 23-to-18 vote, the committee backed key elements of President Obama’s blueprint for healthcare, including the creation of a new government health plan and requirements for employers to offer health insurance to workers or contribute to its cost. To help fund the changes to the healthcare system, the House committee also agreed to impose a surtax on families with incomes of more than $350,000 a year. Meanwhile, the conservative American Medical Association has just come out in support of the House bill, saying "the status quo is unacceptable." Howard Dean’s solution embraces President Obama’s healthcare plan but argues that the reform bill is "not worth passing unless the American people have the choice of signing up for a public option — a real public option." [includes rush transcript]

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