The Democratic leaders in Congress are counting noses this week, trying to confirm that they have enough votes in the House to pass a health care bill that includes a so-called public option insurance plan that would be run by the government and compete with private coverage plans.
In the coming weeks, the Senate will consider overhauling the way student loans are handled in the United States. The House has already passed legislation that would put the federal government directly in charge of making loans. Previously, some government loans were handled through private lenders, an approach that is slightly more expensive. The proposal would use the savings in part for other education programs.
A proposed federal program to put a cap on the number of tons of carbon emissions that could be produced by coal-fired power plants, oil refineries and industrial manufacturers. Polluters would have to buy allowances for each ton they intend to emit. They could also buy and sell allowances on an open financial market, along with investors and other players.