(NCUIH) Hill Heartbeat Vol. 3 03-07-09

Authors: National Council of Urban Indian Health, Danielle Delaney
Publication Year: 2009
Last Updated: 2015-12-17 13:45:18
Keywords: Minnesota Senatorial race, Indian Health Care Improvement Act, 110th Congress, SCIA, IHCIA, SCHIP,NCUIH, CMS, HHS, IHS, Needs Assessment, UIHP, OMB,economic stimulus, Senate Committee of Indian Affairs, Indian Health Services, State Children Health Insurance Program, Center for Medicaid Services, Health and Human Services

Short Abstract:

The 111th Congress & the Obama Administration


 The 2008 Election (results still pending): Although the final tally for the Minnesota Senatorial race has not yet been confirmed due to continuing legal challenges from the Coleman campaign, the 2008 elections have resulted in large majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The House Democrats gained twenty additional seats bringing them to 225 Democratic members to 143 Republicans. The Senate Democrats gained potential seven additional seats bringing them from 51 to 58. With 225 Democrats in the House, motions to recommita method of effectively killing a bill by sending it back to the committees of jurisdictionbecome less of a threat to pending legislation. Likewise, cloture votesassuming Democrats can maintain caucus cohesionbecome less of a threat on the Republican side as it now takes potentially only two Republicans to break ranks. With four Republican Senators (Voinovich-OH, Martinez-FL, Brownback-KS, and Bond-MO) announcing that they will not seek reelection in 2010 and at least two Republican Senators facing difficult reelections (Spector-PA and Gregg-NH)  the Republican caucus is thought to be susceptible to fracturing on major legislation such as Card Check, Medicare Physician Fee Fix, and Economic Stimulus. 


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