President Barack Obama has asked the House to pass health care reform by March 18, one day before he heads overseas for a lengthy foreign trip.White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday that the administration is targeting that date for the House to pass the Senate health care bill approved on Christmas Eve and a companion reconciliation package, which would then proceed to the Senate. Gibbs, speaking at his daily briefing, said White House aides believe the timetable is realistic.I literally believe that what I said on a television show this morning was the president leaves for Indonesia and Australia on March 18, and we believe that I believe that, based on conversations that Ive had in the building, that were on schedule to get this through the House by then, Gibbs said, according a White House transcript.
From left, Lisa Peng, daughter of Peng Ming, Grace Ge Geng, daughter of Gao Zhisheng, and Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang, hold pictures of their imprisoned fathers during a House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building titled “Their Daughters Appeal to Beijing: ‘Let Our Fathers Go!’”
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.