Friday Morning Open Thread

Good morning.

This was a pretty big week. The health care bill is done. Last night, by a margin of 220 – 207, the House voted to approve the reconciliation bill, which the Senate completed yesterday, too. The first round is over. No doubt, fixes will be needed. And watch how the insurance companies will still try to gouge people.

The Senate is in session today, but both chambers will be off until April 12th. Perhaps with an emboldened President, fresh off a major victory, we’ll see some recess appointments.

Obama has a low-key schedule today. This afternoon, he’s heading to Camp David.

The big question for the White House and Congress is: What’s next? There’s been a backlog created by health care. Will they rest on their laurels or do more? Here’s hoping they come down on the side of doing a lot more…the base still needs some love.

Let’s get started…

On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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