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Checking The Box

3:46 pm Jul. 26, 2010

Sometimes in the Senate, even when leaders of the majority party know that they are short on votes to push ahead with a certain bill, it still gets brought up for a cloture vote. That’s the story today with a bill from Democrats on campaign fundraising, as they will bring …

Afghan Ping Pong

3:44 pm Jul. 26, 2010

The most important item on the to-do list this week for Democrats in the House is to finish work on a $58 billion plan that features extra money for the War in Afghanistan. This bill has been bouncing back and forth between the House and Senate for several months now, …

One Week House

9:49 am Jul. 26, 2010

Are you ready for Labor Day?  Probably not, since it is only July 26.  But on Capitol Hill, Labor Day is on everyone’s mind, because after this week, the House won’t be back in Washington, D.C. until September 7.   While this is the normal August Recess that lawmakers get …

Congressional Earmarks 8

10:49 am Jul. 23, 2010

With a new week, I thought I would drop even more Congressional Earmarks on you, with this batch coming from the Interior Department, that deals with National Parks and more. This list is from a bill that has made it through the House Appropriations Committee, which has 322 specific home …

Democratic Ethics Trouble

9:54 pm Jul. 22, 2010

Instead of focusing on issues they want to talk about at the end of next week, House Democrats will likely find the news media zeroing in on ethics charges against Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY). The actual statement of findings by the ethics panel will be released next week, but that …

Jobless Bill Switchers

9:46 pm Jul. 22, 2010

Most of the focus in recent weeks has been on the two Senators from Maine who voted for a jobless benefits bill in the Senate, but in the House yesterday, 31 Repblicans broke ranks on that legislation. The list of switchers from both parties was a varied one, so let’s …

Cap & Trade Dies

9:45 pm Jul. 22, 2010

It wasn’t really news to those of us who ply the halls of the U.S. Capitol, but it still was a stinging admission for Senate Democrats, that a Cap and Trade/Climate Change bill is officially dead this year. “For me, it’s terribly disappointing,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who …

Arizona Immigration Vote

9:44 pm Jul. 21, 2010

Republicans put the Senate on the record Wednesday evening on the federal government’s lawsuit against the controversial immigration law from Arizona, which is set to go into effect a week from today. The move came as the Senate wrapped up work on a $34 billion extension of long term jobless …

Time Grows Short

9:43 pm Jul. 21, 2010

It may not seem like it to you, but the days are growing short already in the Congress, as the clock ticks inexorably towards the November elections – and that was clear on Wednesday in the Congress. House leaders notified lawmakers that there would be no votes on this Friday …

It’s The Economy

9:43 pm Jul. 21, 2010

If Democrats were still harboring hopes of a dramatic change in economic fortunes before the November elections, it certainly was not evident in the testimony yesterday of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Bernanke told the Senate Banking Committee that he expects economic growth to be “moderate” in coming months, then …