American Sauce: What to watch today - it's a doozie
January 6th, 2011
10:12 AM ET
4 years ago

American Sauce: What to watch today - it's a doozie

Capitol Hill (CNN) – The first day was ceremony and rules, today the 112th Congress gets in the saddle for substantive health care action, our first taste of the partisan battleground and some historic symbolism.

I'll be tweeting all day @LisaDCNN. But here's a quick, American Sauce guide to events (all times Eastern):


– 10a ET UNDERWAY: House session opened. Quorum call, then one-minute speeches

– 10a DEMS ON OFFENSE: Senate Democrats Durbin, Schumer, Stabenow news conference going after House GOP budget rules and plans.

– 10a HEALTH CARE REPEAL: House Rules committee hearing, votes on for HR 2, a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law.

– 10:30a-ish CONSTITUTION: Reading of the Constitution on the House floor by Republicans and Democrats (including Pelosi). A congressional first, according to the House historian. This could very likely slide to 10:45a ET.

– 11:15a BOEHNER FIRST: Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor hold first news conference as leaders of the Republican House.

– 2p-ish SENATE DEMS: finish their caucus meeting and are expected at the microphones. Usually on CSPAN.

– 3:30p-ish SENATE GOP: finish their meeting and are expected to speak to the press. Live coverage unclear.

– 4pish, Timing TBD HOUSE SPENDING CUTS: House to vote on slashing member, committee and leadership budgets 5 percent. CNN Money calculated that is roughly $75,000 for each House member's office, the equivalent of at least one staff member's salary.






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  1. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    I'm anxious to see the GOP dismantle the Obama health care package and initiate the one they never developed. That would be the one they could have implemented during the Bush-Cheney reign of terror but they were too busy helping Halliburton fatten their coffers at the expense of the American people.

    January 6, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. Russ

    Yep, we Republicans are going to work with the Democrats!! Well, right after we undo everything Obama has done in the past two years. Just like Bush did after Clinton was out of office. Yep, bipartisanship, that's what we are all about. Help the little guy!! Well, right after we take care of our rich buddies. Sorry you stupid low income and middle income Americans if you really thought we were going to change things for the better!!! Keep right on believing our lies! Oh, we thank you for voting us into office. Hahahahahahahahah................Suckers

    January 6, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Patriots Salute the Flag! Traitors don't!!!

    If you read the agenda you can easily see how the liberal media tries it's best to undermine the republican party and their endeavors take the below for instance if you haven't read the above: – 10a HEALTH CARE REPEAL: House Rules committee hearing, votes on for HR 2, a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law.
    NOTICE: Where they worded their post – AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.
    The media has their cute way of telling you that this health bill is affordable. WHAT THEY DON'T TELL YOU IS THAT THE BILL IS A WORTHLESS PIECE OF JUNK NOT VOTED ON BY EITHER THE REPRESENTATIVES OR THE SENATORS. The two groups who represent the people. OBAMA THE UNPATRIOTIC PIG SIGNED THIS INTO LAW WITHOUT BOTHERING TO RUN IT THROUGH THE HOUSE OR SENATE. A DICTATORSHIP WE DO NOT WANT IN AMERICA EVER. Stand up Obama and become a man even if you are a foreignor you can at least honor the country you're in by saluting the flag. OF COURSE THAT IS NOT YOUR GOAL IS IT. YOUR GOAL IS TO DESTROY AMERICA.

    January 6, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. Excoastie

    To save federal money maybe each member of Congress should pay 50% of their health insurance and all of their families' premium. I bet that would be a real saving to the government.

    January 6, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. Bill

    So, now that the Republicans are in control of the House it's partisan battleground? However, when the Democrats had the House, Senate, and the WH it wasn't? Everything (mainly Obamacare) was passed behind closed doors, without consulting a single Republicans....that was bi-partisanship? No going along with everything that Obama want is not partisan politics. Now that the Republicans are in control, Pelosi and the Democrats stress fiscal constraints? What have the Democratic Congress been doing the past 4 years? What have Obama been doing for the past 2 years? Go back and listen to the speech by Obama in 2006 saying how irresponsible it was for Republicans and GW to raise the Debt Ceiling. Now what is he doing? He just asked Congress to raise the Debt Ceiling, yet again. He said what he said back then because the Republicans were in control. Now that he and his party are in control it's different? What do you call that, partisan or bi-partisan? Give me a break. I can see through your writing who you side with. What happen to your journalistic integrity? A good journalist won't reveal his/her favoritism through their writing.

    January 6, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. vic nashville tn

    “House to vote on slashing member, committee and leadership budgets 5 percent. CNN Money calculated that is roughly $75,000 for each House member's office, the equivalent of at least one staff member's salary.” CNN thanks

    What a saving ? really they can’t do better same old they won’t learn and they won’t change

    2010 issue number 1 is job crating jobs so they won’t talk about jobs today also sad

    January 6, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |