"Senate Republicans succeeded early Thursday in forcing a change in a measure altering President Obama's newly enacted health care overhaul, meaning the bill will have to return to the House for final congressional approval," the New York Daily News writes.
"A potential Republican majority may not be able to repeal healthcare reform, but they'd probably refuse to fund it, Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said," The Hill notes. "It's going to take appropriated funds to actually come through the process to fund the hiring of new employees to create these new bureaucracies," Boehner said on FOX. "I can't imagine that a Republican Congress is going to give this president the money to begin this process."
"The FBI is investigating threats against lawmakers stemming from intense opposition to the health care overhaul law," the AP says. "House majority leader Steny Hoyer said more than 10 Democratic lawmakers have reported incidents. The FBI and Capitol Police, Hoyer said, have briefed lawmakers on how to handle perceived security threats… While not directly criticizing Republican lawmakers, Hoyer said: "Any show of appreciation for such actions encourages such action."
Roll Call: "A spike in security threats in the wake of the House health care vote continued to rattle Democratic Members on Wednesday, with several accusing Republican leaders of stoking an already incendiary environment."
"Despite opposing a financial regulatory overhaul bill in the Senate Banking Committee earlier this week, Republican Senators Robert Corker and Judd Gregg said yesterday that Congress will approve the legislation this year," the Boston Globe writes. "There's a '100 percent chance' the legislation will be passed this year, Gregg of New Hampshire told members of a US Chamber of Commerce meeting in Washington. This is an issue that almost every American wants to see passed,' Corker said. 'There will be a lot of pressure on every senator and every House member.' The banking panel voted 13 to 10 Monday to pass a bill written by Senator Chris Dodd, the Connecticut Democrat who leads the committee. Corker said Republicans, who unanimously opposed Dodd's plan, made a 'strategic error' by letting the committee approve the measure without offering or debating amendments."