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  • The House and Senate Cloakroam: January 25-29, 2010

    Senate Cloakroom: Jan. 25 – 29

    Analysis –

    As Senators grapple with how to salvage health care reform, they simultaneously want to change their legislative focus to jobs and the economy.  Before they can do that, they have to contend with a record $1.9 trillion debt limit increase.  The debate, which is expected to last all week, will highlight our looming entitlement crisis, excessive spending and the increasingly aggressive involvement of government in our economy.

    Major Senate Action –

    The Senate will continue to debate the debt limit increase (H J Res 45).  Several amendments are expected, including one on EPA regulations, spending caps and PAYGO are possible.  Interestingly, the much hyped, fatally flawed, Conrad-Gregg fiscal task force seems to lack support.  In response, the administration has proposed a lame duck commission.

    Major Committee Action –

    House Cloakroom: Jan. 25 – 29

    Analysis –

    The House is in for a very short week focusing on two land bills which failed to pass the chamber the pervious week under suspension of the rules (requires a two-thirds majority to pass).  Behind the scenes the status of the health care bill remains in question following the election of Senator-elect Scott Brown in Massachusetts and should be a topic of discussion across the Hill this week.  Expect lawmakers to pivot to job creation measures in the coming weeks as the economy continues to struggle and unemployment remains high.  Make sure to check out the work by Heritage analyst James Sherk explaining the current unemployment situation here.

    Major House Action –

    • HR 3726 Castle Nugent National Historic Site Establishment Act of 2010, which failed under suspension last week.
    • Similar legislation to HR 3538 Idaho Wilderness Water Facilities Act, which failed under suspension last week.
    • President Obama State of the Union Speech on Wednesday, January 27th.

    Major Committee Action –

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    3 Responses to The House and Senate Cloakroam: January 25-29, 2010

    1. Pingback: Obama’s Failing War on Reality; it is antipathy to Socialism, Barack « VotingFemale

    2. Dennis Social Circle says:

      Jobs are what this country needs, that and tax cuts. The dems and obama just want to spend more and more. When will they wake up and see that we can not afford the interest payments on what they borrowed. It really seems to me that they want all dependent on the "guvernement" for all our needs. How do we pay for it is the question?????? They have no idea and will not listen to reason. I really think all of Congress needs to go, then tell the new crowd that they work for the people, not the other way around as the dems and obama think. VOTE IN 2010!!!!

    3. Drew Page, IL says:

      You've got to love the Dems. For the past year it's been Health Care Reform (National Health Care) come hell or high water.

      Now, that hell has come and the water is raising, they are shouting "Ignore that man behind the curtain". Now they are all about jobs and fiscal responsibility.

      We can expect to heare how concerned the Dems are about being fiscally responsible and how they must implement "PAY-GO" legislation, which means they now must increase the hell out of taxes to pay for all the glactically massive spending and bail out legislation they passed. See how responsible they are.

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