At her press conference yesterday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters that she had enough votes to pass comprehensive health care reform.  That assertion has been called into question over continued negotiations between House leadership and the Blue Dog coalition, and now one of the newest health care compromises threatens to open… Read more »

ASAE and other travel-focused associations have been sharing stories about how the economy and negative media attention has forced some corporations and associations to cancel or move their meetings from certain high-profile destinations and properties to avoid public criticism.  Today’s Wall Street Journal reports that the federal government has also been pulling meetings from some… Read more »

As the Senate Finance Committee continues meeting among its members to complete its comprehensive health care reform proposal, committee member John Kerry (D-MA) has floated a funding proposal to help solve the bill’s budget problem. The Kerry proposal, according to Congress Daily (subscription), would not remove the deduction on all employer-sponsored health care plans, but… Read more »

Last week, the health care reform debate was altered by the testimony of one person who is unfamiliar to many people outside of Washington, DC. Doug Elmendorf, the director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), last week testified before the Senate Budget Committee that neither HR 3200 nor the HELP Committee health care reform… Read more »