Kay SteigerApr 20, 2007
PLOTTING FOR '08 ... CONGRESSIONAL ELECTIONS. The NYT had a column today about how the Republicans are already working to characterize as "disastrous" some of the early congressional votes made by the new Democrats. The GOP is using the politics of parliamentary procedure that the story calls "formally known as motions to recommit, usually obscure party-line proposals that Republicans are using to pummel Democrats in swing districts." The lesson to take away from this (and the disastrous labeling of Kerry as a flip-flopper) is that the general public is confused by the technicalities of Congress, and clever campaign managers can spin almost anything to sound like the a candidate voted to pass horrible legislation. May the voters be willing to see through the hype and may the reporters make sure to fully and throughly examine congressional records in the other '08 elections. -- Kay Steiger
Kay SteigerApr 18, 2007
CONFUSING AND CONTRADICTORY SNIPPETS . Waxman 's Oversight Committee asked Secretary Rice to appear (after delaying her appearance to April 25) in order to investigate her "personal role" in the false reports on uranium in Niger. (Download the full documents here .) Waxman writes that the State department's responses thus far have been a "collection of snippets of public statements that [Rice] and other White House officials have made over the years" that are "confusing and contradictory." The State department refused the request in a seven-page statement issued yesterday by Assistant Secretary Jeffrey Bergner , spottily detailing the events from the beginning of the war. It begins, "The President's speech did not actually refer to Niger, but to Africa." Their argument now seems to be that although the reports that Niger was selling uranium were false, other countries could have been the ones Bush meant when he referred to "Africa." It also says that Rice "does not have the...
Kay SteigerApr 12, 2007
GILMORE BOY. Yesterday, The Politico wrote about former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore who is billing himself as the "true conservative candidate" for president. As the Washington Times reports "polls show that few voters outside Virginia ever heard of him" in their Metro section. Things sure seem to be tough for the true conservative Republicans these days. -- Kay Steiger
Kay SteigerApr 11, 2007
SCHIP ON THE SHOULDER. The Children's Defense fund held a conference call for bloggers today to discuss the All Healthy Children Act , which has been introduced in the House. They've been promoting this legislation through a faux child-for-president campaign . The legislation looks at combining Medicaid for children with the State Children's Health Insurance Program to create consistent coverage in all states. (For more information on the relationship between SCHIP and Medicaid check out Kaiser.) The legislation would also create coverage for the 9 million children who "fall through the cracks" of the current two programs. These children typically fall under the category of "working poor" families -- up to 300 percent above the poverty level. When I asked about the balance between pushing for fundamental health care reform and pushing for this reform of SCHIP and Medicaid, CDF Director Marian Wright Edelman said, "We want to have national health insurance for everybody," she said, but...
Kay SteigerApr 02, 2007
BLOWING THE SUPPLEMENTAL DEADLINE. Not that everyone didn't know it, but as The Hill explained last week, the White House and Pentagon's dire cries that the supplemental spending bill for Iraq and Afghanistan must be passed by April 15 is crap. ( Jack Murtha is quoted as saying, �We�ve never had a year where they didn�t give us bad information.�) In reality, last year's supplemental bill wasn't passed until June and 2005's passed in May (both of those under Republican Congresses). Murtha tells The Hill that the Pentagon wouldn't start running out of funding until early June, and even then, they would likely solve the problem with hiring freezes and delaying IT purchases. In other words, Democrats are ahead of last year's deadline for passing the supplemental, and even if they blow past Tax Day, the GIs on the ground won't be firing bullet-less guns. There's no reason to be nonchalant about these bills, of course, but it's important to have a realistic...