Omaha, NE – The U.S. Senate could vote late this week or early next week on a motion to proceed with a health care reform bill.
Senate leaders are expected to release a health care reform bill and budget analysis sometime Wednesday. Senator Ben Nelson says vote on a motion to proceed is just that a vote on whether to begin debate and make changes to the bill. Nelson says there's a lot of confusion and misinformation about what that motion really means.
Omaha, NE – The Salvation Army of Omaha says 400 more families signed up for Christmas assistance this year than last.
The Tree of Lights Campaign, with its familiar bell ringers and red kettles, began Friday. The goal of this year's campaign is to raise $2.8 million. Salvation Army of Omaha spokeswoman Susan Eustice says funds raised during the Tree of Lights Campaign benefit 23 programs.
Omaha, NE – The Omaha Kroc Center is ready for business.
The Salvation Army's $60 million building in South Omaha opened Monday morning. The Center is named for McDonalds founder Ray Kroc and his wife, Joan. Joan Kroc left $1.8 billion to the Salvation Army at the time of her death. Her donation is being used to build Kroc Centers nationwide.
Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle is looking at other options to get a half-cent sales tax increase before the voters.
The Omaha City Council voted 3-3 Tuesday on a request to put the sales tax increase in the city's 2010 Legislative package. That means it won't be included in the legislation city officials want passed. A half-cent sales tax is one of three options proposed by the Pension Task Force to meet obligations in the city's underfunded pension system. A half-cent tax could generate $45 million a year.
Washington, D.C. – Senator Ben Nelson is working on changing a Senate health proposal so it does not indirectly fund abortions. Similar language has been attached to a House bill. From Capitol News Connection, Sara Sciammacco has more.
Omaha, NE – Organizers of an upcoming conference hope it strengthens relations between Omaha's Latino and non-Latino communities.
The tenth annual Heartland Latino Leadership Conference is this Friday. The conference provides networking opportunities to Latino business owners in the Metro area. Workshops, scholarships, and advice on growing a business are all offered at the conference.
Omaha, NE – The Douglas County Health Department plans to hold a third swine flu vaccination clinic this week.
The Health Department says another clinic is scheduled for Saturday morning at the Civic Auditorium. As with the clinics Tuesday and Thursday, only people at high risk of catching the swine or H1N1 flu can be vaccinated at the clinic. That includes:
Omaha, NE – Nebraska Congressman Lee Terry was one of 215 lawmakers who voted against a health care reform bill Saturday in the U.S. House.
The House advanced a health care reform measure on a 220-215 vote. The $1.2 trillion bill would extend coverage to nearly all Americans. It would also bar insurance companies from refusing to cover people based on pre-existing conditions.