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The Senate Agenda Awards!!!

December 31, 2010 Leave a comment

Now onto the Senate Agenda Awards!!!  This blog post aims to honor the work of the 111th Senate and the many pieces of landmark legislation they helped enact including the health care reform bill, the financial reform bill, the economic stimulus bill, child nutrition bill, FDA food safety bill among many others.  But there can be only one.  We’ll find out …

in the first (and last) Senate Agenda Awards!!!

Welcome all.  Now lets get down to business.

The winner for best 2010 Senate election win goes to …

Sen. Reid!!!

For defeating the dragon lady known as the Sharron Angle.

The winner for best Senate election ad goes to …

Sen. Barbara Boxer

For her brutally effective ad against former HP CEO and job outsourcer Carly Fiorina

The winner for best Senate Congressional delegation goes to:

Sen. Schumer and Gillibrand from the State of New York!!!

For their work (and the House delegation) in passing the 9/11 first responder health care legislation and the repeal of DADT.

The winner for best legislation goes to …

The Financial Regulatory Bill

Yay!!!  Go Consumer Financial Protection Agency!!!

The winner for best Senate Leader goes to …

Sen. Reid!!!

This is Sen. Reid’s second award this blog post.

Now the moment we’ve all been waiting for …

The winner for best Senator goes to …

SEN. REID!!!

Congratulations to Sen. Reid!!! A Majority Leader for the ages!!!

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Climate Change and Financial Regulatory Reform Legislation Get Tentative Time Frames

October 1, 2009 Leave a comment

Sen. Kerry and Boxer unveiled the climate change bill yesterday that would allow a  cap and trade framework over greenhouse gas emissions to combat global warming.  Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Chair Barbara Boxer intends to start marking up the bill in mid October, but the bill has a long way to go before it heads to the Senate floor so much so that Sen. Boxer has said the climate change bill may fall behind other priorities such as financial regulatory reform and immigration:

“If I had my druthers, I would move to it just as quickly as we could,” he said. “But we have a number of important issues. We have climate [legislation], we have regulation reform, we have immigration. I’ll work with the White House and my colleagues as to what should move forward. I’m very impressed with the fact that we need to do a climate bill just as quickly as we can.

Climate change is seen as Priority #2 on Capitol Hill but that may be changing.  We’ll just have to wait and see.

Meanwhile, Sen. Dodd plans to mark up the Financial Regulatory Reform bill in November with the legislation set to arrive on the Senate floor either December of this year or January of next year.  The current debate in Washington, health care reform, is expected to take up floor time late October or early to mid November in the Senate to allow for debate and a vote before the Thanksgiving break.