March 8th, 2010
07:55 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Health Care Final Push

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Pres. Obama is making his final push for health care reform. "It's time to make a decision. The time for talk is over", Obama said today in a speech at Arcadia University outside Philadelphia.

Two Democratic leadership aides tell CNN that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, will aim to have her chamber pass the Senate's health care bill by March 17.

Though, many House Democrats aren't happy with the Senate's bill. But if there are 216 votes for approval in the House the next step would be revisions to the Senate bill through a process known as reconciliation. Then the bill can be approved by a simple majority of 51 votes in the Senate. That tactic is needed since Democrats lost their filibuster-proof, 60-seat Senate majority when Massachusetts voters elected Republican Scott Brown to replace the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Tonight on the program you'll hear all the angles on president's message.

We're also keeping them honest in California where one state agency is going on spending spree, while the state is going broke.

We also begin our week-long special series "Homicide in Hollenbeck". Five year ago we took you to the Los Angeles area for a documentary about gangs. We decided to go back to see if anything has changed. We found out about a killing last September caught on tape and witnessed by several people, but no one is talking to police. We look at this dangerous code of silence that continues and you'll see why it's a danger to all of us.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then!

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. ian

    I think it is about we do what is right for a change instead of what is political go for it Mr President.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  2. Annie Kate

    Doesn't surprise me that one agency is spending like wild while the state goes bankrupt. The agency may have an excess in their budget and are spending it so they don't get cut the next budget year because they didn't use all they got this year. The government needs to encourage those who get more in their budget than they need to give it back; they rarely do though. Looking forward to the program tonight.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:13 pm |