• Most contentious was the proposal for a government-run insurance option, also known as a public option, to give Americans a choice over private insurance companies.

    VOA: standard.2009.11.08

  • Tempers flared on Saturday and Sunday - both inside and outside of the Capitol - as lawmakers prepared to vote on the contentious health care reform legislation.

    VOA: standard.2010.03.25

  • And in this battle contentious battle invariably the public will lose,".

    VOA: standard.2009.12.21

  • "At times the contentious battle is between the interests of the masses, the public,of the nation, of the people,and the interests of a special elite group, either family,cronies or political elements.

    VOA: standard.2009.12.21

  • A key question is whether either chamber of Congress will employ what is called the "reconciliation process" aimed at overcoming filibusters,or blocks, in the Senate on contentious measures where a 60-vote majority is usually required to pass major legislation.

    VOA: standard.2009.03.24

  • The two presidents met for the first time on the sidelines of the G-20 economic conference in London in early April and set in motion what Clinton says is an effort to raise the frequently contentious U.S.-Russian relationship to a higher level.

    VOA: standard.2009.05.07

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