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November 21, 2007

December Outlook - Iraq, Energy, Health Care

Iraq

House Appropriators Dig in On War Funding Conditions
House appropriators said Tuesday there would be no more emergency war funding without a policy change in Iraq, as the White House demanded unconditional funding by the end of the year.

Pentagon ramps up fight with Congress
Administration plays hardball in funding standoff with Democrats, who call it playing politics with troops.

Pentagon Warns of Civilian Layoffs If Congress Delays War Funding
The Defense Department warned yesterday that as many as 200,000 contractors and civilian employees will begin receiving layoff warnings by Christmas unless Congress acts on President Bush's $196 billion war request.

Energy

Democrats Pare Down Energy Legislation
House Democrats plan to propose a pared-down energy bill when they return from Thanksgiving recess that would include stronger fuel economy and renewable fuel mandates, but would sideline a controversial tax package and renewable portfolio standard.


11/22/2007 Update:

Health Care

Legislation in the Works for Medicare Physician Reimbursement Plan
Senate Finance Committee leaders say they will consider a Medicare physician’s pay package after the Thanksgiving Day recess that would avert a scheduled reimbursement rate cut.

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