As the health care debate comes to a head in both the House and Senate, top policy makers within the Obama administration and congressional players from Capitol Hill come to the Sunday talk shows.
White House Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag leads both "Fox News Sunday" and CNN’s “State of the Union.” Fox also has Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) and former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who is reuniting with the rest of the Apollo 11 crew Sunday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the moon landing. CNN also hosts Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) fresh off leading Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing in addition Orszag and Rev. Jesse Jackson.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” brings in Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to explain the administration’s view on the competing health care proposals. In addition to Sebelius, NBC has Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
CBS’s “Face the Nation” hosts Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), who are both deeply involved in the health care debate, along with Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.
Elsewhere, ABC host George Stephanopoulos and the rest of the “This Week” crew have the week off to clear the way for the network’s coverage of the British Open.
C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” is also focused on health care, bringing in Rep. Mike Ross (R-Ark.) to take questions from CongressDaily health care reporter Anna Edney and Congressional Quarterly health care reporter David Clarke.
Finally, Bloomberg’s “Political Capital” has Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) who will also talk health care and give host Al Hunt his take on the Sotomayor hearings.