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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!!!

After Financial Reform, Energy Moves Up as Next Major Agenda Item

June 4, 2010 1 comment

With the achievement of financial regulatory reform virtually finished in the Senate, the Senate will now move on to energy as the next big agenda item.  Senate Majority Leader Reid said he wants committee work done on the energy bill before the July 4th recess with floor time for the bill soon after.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) alerted Senate committee chairmen Thursday that he plans to move comprehensive energy legislation in July.

Reid asked the chairmen to recommend legislation to deal with the Gulf oil spill before July 4 so that leaders can include those ideas in the comprehensive energy package.

The BP Gulf Oil Disaster should be seen as a “rock bottom” moment for a nation addicted to oil.  Hopefully, this incident will provide the impetus to pass an energy bill that will move the US to a renewable energy future including a renewable energy supply, a reduction in America’s carbon emmisions, a major push for public transit in all metro areas, and incentives for cleaner cars.  The energy bill will also provide much needed jobs as we transition from a fossil fuel to renewable energy based nation.  Democrats and Republicans should work together to make this future happen.

Wrap Up of the Week of Nov. 16th.

November 20, 2009 Leave a comment
  • Senate Democrats easily broke the Republican filibuster of Judge David Hamilton on Wednesday and confirmed him 59-39 just this morning to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.  More judges held up by the Republicans should get through now that the extreme Republicans showed themselves to be ineffectual in stopping Obama’s judges.  Congratulations to now Circuit Court Judge Hamilton!
  • The Senate passed the Military/Veterans Appropriations bill this past Tuesday on a vote of 100-0.  That’s probably the widest margin this past year.  See Republicans, bipartisanship wasn’t so hard now was it? Guess what’s coming next …
  • Sen. Reid has scheduled a special Saturday session of the Senate to debate the motion to proceed to health care reform.  In other words, they’re going to debate whether to bring health care reform to the Senate floor.  The cloture vote is scheduled to be at 8 PM tomorrow night after a day long debate.

Reid Confirms Christmas Timetable, Intends to Start Debate Next Week

November 11, 2009 Leave a comment

Majority Leader Reid spoke to reporters yesterday and confirmed reports that the Senate wants to clear health care reform by Christmas according to the New York Times. He added that he plans to start the long awaited floor debate next week suggesting that the CBO will have released their cost estimate by then.

Asked at a news conference if he would get the bill on the floor next week and completed by the holiday recess, Mr. Reid offered a terse reply: “Yes and yes.”

But aides said there was still much uncertainty, and Senate Democrats have repeatedly missed self-imposed deadlines on the health bill. The aides said Mr. Reid was aiming to vote on bringing the bill to the floor before the Senate leaves for Thanksgiving.

Former President Clinton also visited the Senate yesterday to rally Democrats, especially centrist to conservative Democrats like Sen. Lincoln, Nelson, and Lieberman, to support health care reform.  Any vote to start debate on health care reform will need 60 votes to break an expected Republican filibuster although starting debate is usually easier than ending debate.  Sen. Snowe or Collins or both could join with the Democrats to vote to start debate but does not guarantee their vote later on.

Speaking of Sen. Snowe, she should really think about switching to the Democratic Party or to an Independent who caucuses with the Democrats.  A new PPP poll found Sen. Snowe losing to a (literally) no name teabagger candidate in a Republican primary – Snowe loses to a Conservative 31-59 if the vote was held today the poll found.  She is not up for re-election until 2012, but if she does drop the Republican label to join the Democrats, she will have joined other Northeastern Republicans such as the the now retired Sen. Jim Jeffords of Vermont and Sen. Specter of Pennsylvania who found the Republican Party too uninviting for moderates.

Senate Health Care Floor Debate May Start on First or Second Week of November

October 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Talking Points Memo reports that Senate aides are suggesting the health care floor debate may be pushed back to the first or second week of November as the merger process continues between the HELP and Finance Committee versions of health care reform.  Senate leaders are waiting for a CBO cost estimate, and they have yet to decide on what to do with the public option.  Sen. Majority Leader Reid, Sen. Dodd, Sen. Baucus, and White House liasons including Rahm Emmanuel and Nancy Ann DeParle are in negotiations on the contents of the unified Senate bill.

Last night, Reid spokesman Jim Manley said the health care bill will come to the floor just as soon as a CBO cost estimate is available. Before negotiations got under way in earnest, Reid suggested that the Senate would begin debate on a single piece of legislation on October 26, but aides now caution that we’re more likely to see action in the first or second week of November.

The goal is to have President Obama sign health care reform into law by the end of the year.

Majority Leader Reid Strategizing for Public Option, Said to Look to Conference by TPM sources

October 16, 2009 Leave a comment

Progressive sources tell TPM that Sen. Majority Leader Reid is strategizing with progressive groups on how best to get the strongest public option out of the legislative process.  Two opportunities remain for the public option with one being the merger process now ongoing and the other in the conference committee process where House and Senate negotiators must iron out a unified Congressional health care bill.  The third opportunity, adding a public option as an amendment on the Senate floor, is unlikely to succeed because a filibuster on that amendment is unlikely to be broken by cloture. Whatever bill emerges from the merger will most likely be supported by the Senate Democratic caucus, but what type of bill they are creating in the merger process is shrouded in secrecy and speculation.  The sources do say that Reid is looking at different strategies in how best to navigate the public option with an eye towards conference.

“Reid and/or his staff has been in practically hourly conversations with a whole set of progressive players re how best to make sure we position ourselves to get a strong public option coming out of conference committee,” said one progressive strategist, who asked not to be named. “He hasn’t made any final procedural decisions yet RE how to get that done, but he’s having really honest conversations [about] all his major options, pros and cons of each, etc. I’m actually pretty impressed, at least right now.”

The source adds, “He and his staff are much more engaged with both pro-public option activists and Senators over the last couple of weeks…. But he does seem to have a new sense of religion [with respect to] figuring out how to maximize our chances for the best possible public option coming out of conference.”

Adding to these sources, Sen. Sherrod Brown, an outspoken public option proponent, is heartened by what he’s hearing from Reid’s office:

An optimistic Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) told TPMDC, “We talk to him, he doesn’t have to reach very far. He’s listening, clearly Reid’s listening on all this on the public option.”

Senate Passes Defense Appropriations with Commerce/Justice/Science Appropriations Up Next

October 8, 2009 Leave a comment

The Senate on Tuesday passed the Defense Appropriations bill on an overwhelming 93-7 vote. Seven Appropriations bills have now passed the US Senate with just five more left to go.  Up next is the Commerce/Justice/Science Appropriations bill.

Next week is supposed to be the Columbus Day Recess, but since Majority Leader Reid canceled a portion of the recess, the Senate will work for three days next week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  They’ll probably get done with the C/J/S App. bill then slowly but surely finishing up the Appropriations work for this year.  Still don’t know if they can finish all the appropriations bills before the health care floor debate, but debate for appropriations bills average to about a week per app. bill so using that metric, if the health care floor debate starts late October, then the Senate will be a bit short on finishing appropriations work before the Thanksgiving break.  They could always finish the app. bills after Thanksgiving though.