J.P. Freire - 16,500 additional IRS agents needed to enforce Obamacare
A new analysis by the Joint Economic Committee and the House Ways & Means Committee minority staff estimates up to 16,500 new IRS personnel will be needed to collect, examine and audit new tax information mandated on families and small businesses in the ‘reconciliation’ bill being taken up by the U.S. House of Representatives this weekend.
Byron York - As Dems struggle, GOP candidates line up to run
For some of the brightest, most politically aware people in the country, the yearlong debate over the Democrats' national health care plan has been an inspiring experience. It has inspired them to run for Congress as Republicans.
Michael Barone - Projections from the House's 'deem to pass' roll call
Democrats voted for the rule by a 222-28 margin; all 175 Republicans were opposed. Six members, three Democrats and three Republicans, did not vote; each can be counted on to support his or her party on a final vote.
Of the 28 Democrats voting no, 16 voted against the House health care bill last November: Bright (AL 2), Davis (AL 7), Kosmas (FL 24), Minnick (ID 1), Melancon (LA 3), Kratovil (MD 1), Childers (MS 1), Taylor (MS 4), Adler (NJ 3), Teague (NM 2), McIntyre (NC 7), Shuler (NC 11), Boren (OK 2), Holden (PA 17), Herseth Sandlin (SD 1), Nye (VA 2).
To judge from The Hill’s whip count, almost all of these 16 look like solid noes on the bill, with only Kosmas in doubt. Defying the leadership on a vote on a rule is a pretty clear indication of opposition on the merits. And it’s going to take a lot of persuading to get a member who has cast two safe-harbor no votes to switch, under the glare of publicity, to yes.
Susan Ferrechio - With clock running on Obamacare vote, Dems get tough on holdouts
House Democratic leaders intensified the pressure on undecided members of their own caucus, as they searched for the handful of votes needed to pass a sweeping health care bill they plan to take up on Sunday.
Julie Mason - White House tries to manufacture momentum for Obamacare
If the bill clears the House without a vote, Obama plans to sign it, Gibbs said. The White House also shrugged off the Fox News interview with a few words from Gibbs instructing journalists they should always let the president finish his answers.
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