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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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So What Could be Next? Immigration Reform

December 31, 2009 Leave a comment

All quiet on the immigration front but that may soon end with 2010 looming around the corner.  The White House is telling immigration activists that they plan to tackle the issue in 2010:

Senior White House aides privately have assured Latino activists that the president will back legislation next year to provide a path to citizenship for the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants living in the United States.

The person in charge of immigration reform in the Senate is Sen. Schumer (D-NY) who is working with Sen. Graham (R-SC) to hammer out a bipartisan compromise.  According to El Diario translated by Irish Central, the outlines of this compromise looks to be stepped up interior enforcement mandating employers hire only authorized workers through the use of employee biometric cards, a fine for undocumented workers to register and get right with the law, a streamlined immigration system, and increased border enforcement.

Still, the issue of a guest worker program might be a sticking point in these negotiations.  Sen. McCain (R-AZ) is insisting on a guest worker program for his vote for the bill, but it doesn’t look to be part of an upcoming immigration bill according to a McCain spokesperson

“From everything that we hear right now, the temporary guest-worker program won’t be addressed in immigration reform. And unless that is an essential part of the reform program, it’s something that Sen. McCain can’t work on,” said Brooke Buchanan, a spokeswoman for the Arizona lawmaker.

After a year long focus on enforcement, immigration reform just might get its moment in the sun with the Senate immigration bill expected to be unveiled in February.  We’re still awaiting word on the time line for the Judiciary Committee mark up of the bill but we’ll probably get hints once the bill is unveiled.

One suggestion I would like to make for the immigration bill is to add a provision where the government would appropriate whatever portion of the Earning Suspense File (ESF) that undocumented immigrants paid into the Social Security Administration and reroute it to the Social Security trust fund or to pay down the deficit.  The ESF is Social Security money that is not tied to any one person due to an error or the taxes came from an unauthorized Social Security number.

As of 2005, the ESF contained $516 billion dollars and undoubtedly many of those billions come from the work of undocumented immigrants.  More than $6 billion dollars in Social Security taxes are added every year into the ESF by undocumented workers.

Prepare for a Finance Committee Health Care Bill by July 21st or 22nd?

Sen. Schumer, a member of the Finance Committee and the leader of the DSCC, said the Finance Committee could draft a bill by July 21st or 22nd, a timeframe that would coincide with the President’s primetime news conference.  Speaking on Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt, Schumer expressed his preference for a bipartisan bill, but if no bipartisan compromise comes to fruition, the Finance Committee will report out a “Democratic bill,” which could foretell a party line vote if that scenario comes to pass.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus thinks his panel can draft a bill by July 21 or 22, Schumer, the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing today.

“Our preference far and away is for a bipartisan bill,” Schumer said. “If we can’t come to a bipartisan agreement, the Finance Committee will report out a Democratic bill.”

Schumer also called the Congressional Budget Office’s health care bill scoring to be “a little bit wacky” because they don’t take into account savings resulting from preventative care and efficiencies due to the reform.  Still, they will look even deeper for savings to please the CBO.

Sen. Schumer also said the Senate can meet the deadline set forth by the President to pass health care reform by the August Recess.

Schumer said Obama’s use of an August deadline for drafting health-care overhaul legislation is “very, very important” for maintaining momentum for the president’s top domestic priority.

“Working under a deadline on something difficult helps get something done, and we spent a lot of time on this,” Schumer said. “It’s not that we started two weeks ago, we started three, four months ago.”

Meeting the Deadline

He said lawmakers can meet the deadline and still address concerns from senators such as Olympia Snowe of Maine, a senior Republican on the finance panel and a participant in compromise talks, who has urged patience.