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  • The House and Senate Cloakroam: February 1-5, 2010

    House Cloakroom:

    Major Floor Action

    • Cybersecurity Bill – Next week, the House will consider H.R. 4061, a cybersecurity enhancement bill which was approved by the Science Committee by voice vote in November 2009.  The bill would reauthorize several National Science Foundation programs that aim to enhance cybersecurity. CBO estimates (PDF) that H.R. 4061 would cost $639 million over five years and $320 million after 2014.
    • Debt Limit Increase – The House could consider a $1.9 trillion increase of the statutory debt limit as early as next week.  The bill would increase the debt limit by 15.3 percent, from $12.394 trillion to $14.294 trillion.   The $1.9 trillion increase is expected to ensure that Democrats will not have to bring another increase before Congress prior to the November elections.

    Major Committee Action

    • House Ways and Means Committee will also hold a hearing on the 2011 budget with Peter R. Orszag, director, Office of Management and Budget, on Wednesday

    Senate Cloakroom:


    The President will release his budget next week, kicking off weeks of hearings and discussions about funding our nation’s priorities. However, the real news will once again be what is happening behind closed doors. Private discussions will continue on yet another stimulus and liberals must try to find a way to move Obamacare, perhaps through the politically poisonous reconciliation process. Even after the President’s State of the Union address, many questions remain in the Senate.

    Major Floor Action

    The Senate will try to dispense with two nominees early next week: M. Patricia Smith to be solicitor of the Department of Labor and Martha Johnson to be administrator of the General Services Administration. Senator-elect Scott Brown (R-MA) could be sworn in next week as well.

    Major Committee Action

    Posted in Ongoing Priorities [slideshow_deploy]

    One Response to The House and Senate Cloakroam: February 1-5, 2010

    1. Tenn Slim Tennessee says:



      Normally not a commentator here, but Opine is offered.


      The USA Electorate has gotten a taste of the Legislative Sausage machine, called the USA Congress. Never again will the Pols get to design legislation w/o the average citizen taking an interest, to the Pols detriment.


      Given the Information Sources available on the Net, the USA Citizen is waking up to the joys of politics, shades of the Andrew Jackson era. The Leftists never anticpated opening thiis pandor box. Secrecy, silence, no dissent, controlled education, controlled passions, all are the basics for a Saul Alinsky style of GUVMNT.


      Our OBNA is schooled in the above, but has absolutely no experience on the ground. Any Pres. that takes in a Basketball game, while the Air Lift of Triaged Haitians is being cancelled needs to be fired.

      Just one example of irresponsible leadership. Blatant, arrogant and totally un Presidential in any country, even France.


      Semper Fi

      We Will Prevail.

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