Fear Of GOP Takeover Forces Unions To Back Dems Who Opposed Health Care Reform
The Hill reports that unions have had to rethink their previous opposition to House Democrats who voted against the health care bill, and have now been sending out mailers in support of them: "Larry Scanlon, political director for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), told The Hill he sees more labor support coming for Democrats who voted against the bill due to concerns about the party losing control of the House. 'When the reality sets in and you are talking about John Boehner running the House, you have to start saying 'Hey, we have to take a second look here.' It's what is called practical politics,' Scanlon said."
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Obama's Day Ahead
President Obama will deliver remarks at 9:45 a.m. ET, to the President's Export Council meeting. President Obama and Vice President Biden will receive the presidential daily briefing at 10:15 a.m. ET, and the economic daily briefing at 10:45 a.m. ET, and Obama will meet at 11:15 a.m. ET with senior advisers. Obama and Biden will have lunch at 12:15 p.m. ET. Obama will participate in a 12:45 p.m. ET Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony. He will meet at 2:30 p.m. ET with Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) and Rep. Luiz Gutierrez (D-IL). At 3:25 p.m. ET, he will make an announcement on the expansion of his "Educate to Innovate" initiative. He will depart from the White House at 4:05 p.m. ET, and depart from Andrews Air Force Base at 4:20 p.m. ET, arriving at 5:15 p.m. ET in New York. He will deliver remarks at an event for Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), at 6:15 p.m. ET in Stamford, Connecticut. He will attend a private fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee at 7:45 p.m. ET. He will depart from New York at 9:40 p.m. ET, and will arrive at Andrews Air Force Base at 10:35 p.m. ET, and back at the White House at 10:50 p.m. ET.