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  • House and Senate Cloakroom: March 8 – 12, 2010

    House Cloakroom: March 8 – 12, 2010


    Again, the question expected to dominate the discussion in Washington will be whether there are enough votes to pass the health care legislation on the House side. In order to move the ball forward it is expected there will be a health care reconciliation mark up in the Budget Committee sometime during the week. Besides the ongoing health care saga the House and Senate will likely put the finishing touches on a “jobs” bill this week. Two other likely votes include legislation to impeach a district judge and another to withdraw troops from Afghanistan led by Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH).

    Major Floor Action:

    • H. Con. Res. 248 – Afghanistan War Powers Resolution
    • H. Res.1031 – Impeaching G. Thomas Porteous, Jr., judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, for high crimes and misdemeanors
    • Possible action on “jobs” measures

    Major Committee Action:

    • Possible health care reconciliation mark up in House Budget Committee in preparation for bringing it to the floor.
    • Budget season continues with several hearings on Fiscal 2011 budgets for federal departments, agencies, and programs.

    Senate Cloakroom: March 8 – 12, 2010


    It’s a trifecta! Jobs, health and regulatory reform are on the agenda for the Senate this week. On the floor, Senators will focus on a massive tax extenders package that has been billed as a stimulus. Behind closed doors, Senate Democrats will be discussing how to move health care via reconciliation. Also behind closed doors, several Senators will continue to hammer out the details of financial regulatory reform. As with most weeks, the consequential action is taking place out of the eyes of the public.

    Major Floor Action:

    • The Senate will continue on H.R. 4213, the tax extenders package.

    Major Committee Action:

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    4 Responses to House and Senate Cloakroom: March 8 – 12, 2010

    1. Leon, Durango, CO says:

      I think Socialized Medicine is unlawful, that the Federal Government does not have the enumerated power to take over a Market and micro manage American lives. Reconciliation is a procedure for budget issues, not to be used for forcing Obamunism down our throats. It would be a different thing perhaps if the Legislation were actually in the public interest. Communism is not a lawful form of government in this country, not in whole nor in part.

    2. joan, connecticut says:

      I wish that the Representatives, who do not want the health care bill would stand up and be counted as a NAY. By doing this, they would show Pelosi etal that they can not be bought, and in turn, bring some respect to the House. . New Jersey Rep. Massa might be guilty or not, however, there is no question that the party hammer came down hard on him for not voting their way. NY Rep. Rangel’s disgressions have been known for years, yet Pelosi backs him all the way. Does that tell you something— it does to me

    3. alan Lakewood CO says:

      I find it incredible that the Progressive Democrats would be attempting to force a National Health Care system on American citizens when 70% plus have said no thanks. 2010 will be an opportunity for America to tell the elites we can be governed, but not ruled, as King George found out a while back. I refuse to bequeath a lesser America to my daughter and her children than my parents left for mr.

    4. Rochelle, Colorado says:

      If this Health bill does pass against the wishes of the majority of Americans, perhaps there will be opportunity to legally challenge enough of it to delay and stop it. I recognize that all of the previous progressive programs are still with us:

      social security, medicare, medicaid. I pray daily that there will be enough votes against reconciliation in the Senate and inadequate votes in the House to pass this travesty.

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