TPMDC Morning Roundup


Biden: Health Care Bill Will Benefit Democrats After It’s Passed
In an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America, Vice President Biden predicted that the health care bill would become a political boon to Democrats, once it is actually passed and voters see its results. “They’re going to see right off the bat the horrible [things] aren’t real and there are some very good things that become apparent immediately,” Biden said. “Once the American public realizes that … [legislators are] going to be rewarded.”

Obama’s Day Ahead
President Obama and Vice President Biden will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET. Obama will meet at 10 a.m. ET with senior advisers. Obama will speak at an 11:35 a.m. ET rally for the health care bill, at George Mason University in Virginia. Obama and Biden will have lunch at 1 p.m. ET.Biden’s Day Ahead
Vice President Biden will attend President Obama’s daily briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET. Biden will have lunch with Obama at 1 p.m. ET. Biden will meet at 1:45 p.m. ET with Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke. Biden will spend the remainder of the day meeting with senior advisers.

Republicans Scour Reconciliation Package For Rules Violations
Roll Call reports that Senate Republicans are already going through the reconciliation package on health care, looking for provisions that they argue would violate reconciliation rules and must be stripped. Said a senior Republican aide: “We’re going to make so many changes to this reconciliation sidecar proposal that its authors won’t even recognize it when it gets back to the House.”

Hillary Clinton Hails ‘Strong And Enduring’ Relationship With Israel
Speaking in Moscow, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the United States maintains a strong relationship with Israel, despite the current diplomatic feud over settlement expansion. “Our relationship is ongoing. It is deep and broad, strong and enduring,” said Clinton, though she also added: “We all condemn the announcement and we are all expecting both parties to move toward the proximity talks.”

Boehner: My Speakership Would Be Different From Past Republicans
In an interview with The Hill, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) said that if Republicans gain the majority, his speakership would be different from how the house is run now and even from his Republican predecessors. “It’ll be different…It’s time to get really serious about fiscal responsibility,” said Boehner. “Not just talk about it, but deliver.”

NYT: Obama And Hillary Go From Bitter Campaign To Strong Alliance
The New York Times reports that President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have maneuvered into an evolving relationship, from bitter campaign rivals in 2008 to an effective partnership in office: “Interviews with more than a dozen senior White House and State Department officials, and friends of Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton, suggest that the president and his top diplomat are still easing into their alliance…The officials and associates tell a story of painstaking cultivation and sublimated ambition, seat-of-the-pants diplomacy and ritualized White House meetings (she sips water; he munches an apple).”