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  • House and Senate Cloakroom: February 22-26, 2010

    House Cloakroom: February 22 – 26

    Analysis:

    The House will be back in session this week after two weeks off because of the snow and the scheduled President’s day recess.  The biggest event this week will actually be off the Hill and over at the White House Health Care Summit, an effort to push forward a deal to get health care reform passed this year.

    Back on the Hill, the House expects to take up several pieces of legislation including the controversial Native Hawaiians bill which would set up a race-based government of “indigenous, native people of Hawaii,” one that opponents argue is unconstitutional.  For more on this subject, read a column by Brian Darling, Director of Senate Relations at Heritage, who wrote about this problematic legislation back in December.  Also of concern for next week could be a House Resolution to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.  Lastly, the House plans to take up the Intelligence Authorization bill.Major Floor Action:

    Major Committee Action:

    • The House Appropriations Subcommittees will be holding a series of hearings on proposed fiscal 2011 appropriations.
    • The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold two hearings this week.  The first will be on “Hard Lessons Learned in Iraq and Benchmarks for Future Reconstruction Efforts” and the second will be a full committee hearing on the State Department budget for fiscal year 2011.
    • Both the House Oversight and Government Reform and Energy and Commerce committees will hold hearings concerning the issues surrounding Toyota vehicles.

    Senate Cloakroom: February 22 – 26

    Analysis:

    The Senate was supposed to focus on jobs this week, but floor action is likely to be eclipsed by several major policy developments.  Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) is expected to unveil a new financial overhaul bill.  The White House, in advance of its “bipartisan” health care summit, is expected to announce a deal that would move health care reform forward.  That deal is likely to include the controversial use of reconciliation.  Ironically, both proposals are likely to destroy jobs.

    Major Floor Action:

    Before adjourning for recess, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) introduced his $15 billion stimulus plan that includes a hiring tax credit, expensing provisions and an extension of highway funding.  Reid also used a procedural tactic called “filling the tree” to prevent any amendments from being offered.  Press reports suggest there is bipartisan opposition to his proposal.

    Major Committee Action:

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    5 Responses to House and Senate Cloakroom: February 22-26, 2010

    1. ROBERT 78 says:

      "WE THE PEOPLE ALREADY TOLD ALL COGRESS AND OBAMA THAT WE SAID "N0 N0 N0 N0" THOUSANDS TIMES. ARE ALL OF THEM "DEAF"?. THEY BETTER NEW REPLACEMENTS CONGRESS ALL OF THEM!.

      "WE THE PEOPLE" ALREADY HAVE HEARD THAT ALL CONGRESS INCLUDING OBAMA CANNOT "HEAR AND THEY ARE TOO DEAF". SO THEIR CHOICES ARE NOW ON WAY TO REPLACEMENT THEM THIS YEAR AND WARNING DON'T THREATEN TO STOP " WE THE PEOPLE" !!.

    2. Dennis Social Circle says:

      The health care is all the dems are after, they will send this country down the tubes over it. Defense means nothing, border security is gone with the wind, They are just in this for themselves. I will be so glad when the polls open and the people wake up and throw all of them in the street. COME ON ELECTIONS!!!!

    3. Concerned, Mequon WI says:

      All we can do is keep fighting to stop this insanity. The American people are now awake and see what these irresponsible people are doing to this nation. They are discusting.

    4. Len, Alexandria,KY says:

      NOW we can Start to worry again.. One week of PLanet Warming Snow falls and President's recess saved the COUNTRY of Congressional and Presidential Screw ups for two full weeks and ALAS now they are it again…. SEND THEM BACK ON VACATION UNTIL 4 Nov 2010 and 2012…. that is one way to save America!!!

      VOTE EM ALL OUT!!!

    5. Jim, Mission Viejo says:

      Under "Pay Go" What are they cutting to implement these new bills?

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