Reps. Baldwin and Broun (AP/Ron Edmonds and Gregory Smith)

Dueling bills

Congress | House members on both sides of the marriage debate push legislation that has little chance of gaining traction
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 9/16/09, 06:15 pm

WASHINGTON-Democratic House lawmakers this week have launched an uphill battle to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

Three Democrats-Reps. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Jerold Nadler (D-N.Y.), and Jared Polis (D-Colo.)-introduced legislation to strike down the 1996 federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a women.

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Sen. Max Baucus (AP/Photo by J. Scott Applewhite)

Back in D.C.

Congress | After a month of debate, lawmakers return to the Capitol to settle on the specifics of healthcare reform
by Emily Belz
Posted 9/08/09, 11:42 am

WASHINGTON-"August has both peril and opportunity," said White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel at the end of July as lawmakers headed to their home states. The peril, he said, was that interest groups could hijack the healthcare debate. The opportunity was in shoring up support from the center.

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After the halls

Congress | August was the month of citizen protest; September will be the month of gauging legislative resolve on healthcare
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 8/28/09, 07:41 am

WASHINGTON-On the last night of July-as restless lawmakers counted the minutes until the start of the their August recess-a key House committee passed a mammoth healthcare overhaul measure. The next morning Democrats flooded the D.C. airports and headed home with a single homework assignment: Sell this bill to constituents.

But their neighbors had different plans.

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