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House and Senate Cloakroom: March 22 – 26, 2010
Posted By Dan Ziegler On March 19, 2010 @ 5:00 pm In Ongoing Priorities | Comments Disabled
House Cloakroom: March 22 – 26, 2010
House members are staying in town through the weekend as health care continues to hang over everyone’s heads. The House Rules Committee is tentatively scheduled to meet tomorrow to consider the now infamous “Slaughter rule ” which would deem the Senate bill passed before they move on to the reconciliation bill. Speaker Pelosi summed up her approval of this measure by saying “I like it, this scenario, because people don’t have to vote on the Senate bill.” On Sunday the House is then expected to meet to pass the Slaughter rule and then immediately proceed to debate and soon after that vote on the House reconciliation package to amend the Senate bill with a previously House passed student loan bill. It is important to note that the House will be doing this without a full economic score  of the legislation from the Congressional Budget Office. Additionally, while the Rules Committee is getting ready for the big show on Saturday, the rest of the House will be focusing its attention on a $16.8 billion tax incentive bill targeted at small business and state and local governments.
Major Floor Action:
Major Committee Action:
Senate Cloakroom: March 22 – 26, 2010
The Senate stands on high alert, prepared for the equivalent of legislative nuclear war. If the House successfully pulls off the deem-and-pass gimmick on Obamacare, the Senate will deal with a reconciliation measure that raises $155 billion in taxes, cuts sweetheart deals and takes over the student loan industry. The House process clearly undermines the rule of law  and the Senate process gimmicks  are clearly undermining the will of the people. Conservatives in the Senate, and those who respect the rule of law and their constituents, are likely to use every tool  at their disposal to prevent the reconciliation measure from going to the President’s desk should the House succeed with deem-and-pass.
Major Floor Action:
Major Committee Action:
Because of the potential for near constant voting that will be required during consideration of Obamacare’s reconciliation measure, major committee action is unlikely. However, Banking Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) has pledged to begin the markup of his latest problematic bank overhaul  plan Monday afternoon .
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URLs in this post:
 Slaughter rule: http://www.foundry.org/2010/03/17/slaughter-solution-still-the-senate-bill/
 without a full economic score: http://www.foundry.org/2010/03/18/obamacare-will-break-the-bank-not-cut-the-deficit/
 HR 4872: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h4872rh.txt.pdf
 HR 3221: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h3221rfs.txt.pdf
 HR 4849: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h4849ih.txt.pdf
 House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources: http://resourcescommittee.house.gov/index.php?option=com_jcalpro&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=329
 recent blog post: http://www.foundry.org/2010/02/23/war-on-the-west-ii/
 Ways and Means: http://waysandmeans.house.gov/Hearings/hearingDetails.aspx?NewsID=11061
 here: http://www.foundry.org/2010/03/15/what-won%e2%80%99t-work-with-china-and-what-might/
 undermines the rule of law: http://www.foundry.org/2010/03/19/morning-bell-this-process-is-undermining-the-rule-of-law/
 Senate process gimmicks: http://www.foundry.org/2010/02/24/obamacare-and-health-care-nuclear-option-violate-first-principles/
 every tool: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/79423-gop-finds-loophole-in-reconciliation-ploy
 latest problematic bank overhaul: http://www.foundry.org/2010/03/15/senator-dodd-and-financial-regulation-new-plan-old-problems/
 Monday afternoon: http://banking.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_ID=b8c4a3bd-db46-4b8d-a759-5024b72204cd
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