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  • House and Senate Cloakroom: June 13-17, 2011

    House Cloakroom: June 13-17

    Analysis: The House returned from a weeklong recess today and began legislative business.  Completing work on the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill is first on the agenda today.

    Tomorrow, the House will convene at 10:00am and will consider the Agriculture Appropriations Bill.  Patent Reform legislation may come up at the end of the week once they are finished with the two appropriations bills.  This bill seeks to update patent laws in order to make them more compatible with today’s technological advances.

    Major Floor Action:

    • HR 2055 – Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act
    • HR 1249 – America Invents Act
    • HR 2112 – Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act

    Major Committee Action:

    Senate Cloakroom: June 13-17

    Analysis: The Senate will continue in session this week with the first vote coming on Tuesday at 12:00pm.  The Chamber will vote on the nominations of Claire C. Cecchi to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey and Esther Salas to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey.  The rest of the week is expected to focus on the Economic Development Agency reauthorization.  Numerous amendments have been offered to the bill including one by Senator Coburn (R-OK) that would repeal tax incentives for ethanol subsidies, one by Senator DeMint (R-SC) that would repeal the financial services reform legislation and one by Senator Paul (R-KY) that would cleanly raise the debt ceiling.

    Major Floor Action:

    • S 782 – Economic Development Revitalization Act

    Major Committee Hearings:

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    2 Responses to House and Senate Cloakroom: June 13-17, 2011

    1. George Colgrove, VA says:

      In a time where we are expecting to spend around a trillion dollars in deficit spending let us see:

      HR2055 – $97 billion new spending for military construction and veterans affairs legislation. Anyone heard of the 2005 BRAC, which the “savings” from the residual costs of moving 128,000 federal workers into new lush office spaces at $280,000 per worker will also provide funding this new round of incompetence. You see we were strung along with the idea that we were going to save the country by BRAC 2005. But they are respending this “savings” back into the DoD – therefore no “savings” and larger deficits.

      HR1249 – $11 billion Patent reform. Growing a bureaucracy.

      HR2112 – $84 billion (+/-) Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA and other agencies funding act. There is no money or constitutional basis for this legislation.

      S782 – $360 million Economic Development Revitalization Act

      Republican controlled legislation = $192 billion

      Democrat controlled legislation = $0.36 billion

      Why did we kick the republicans out in 2006?

      Committee meetings look like these goons are playing their fiddles while DC burns. Only one meeting is to address spending among other issues and one other meeting is to discuss the reason why we do not have a balanced budget amendment. So much work to do and these congress member sre sitting on their hands. Meetings do nothing but delay the inevitable. While congress does nothing this week, we will go into debt by another $20 billion between June 13-17.

    2. staff says:

      "This bill seeks to update patent laws in order to make them more compatible with today’s technological advances"

      That's what the large multinationals and China would have you believe.

      The bill is improperly named. It should be titled the “America Kills Inventors Act”.

      Just because they call it “reform” doesn’t mean it is. Patent reform is a fraud on America. This bill will not do what they claim it will. What it will do is help large multinational corporations maintain their monopolies by robbing and killing their small entity and startup competitors (so it will do exactly what the large multinationals paid for) and with them the jobs they would have created. According to recent studies by the Kauffman Foundation and economists at the U.S. Census Bureau, “startups aren’t everything when it comes to job growth. They’re the only thing.” This bill is a wholesale slaughter of US jobs. Those wishing to help in the fight to defeat this bill should contact us as below.

      Small entities and inventors have been given far too little voice on this bill when one considers that they rely far more heavily on the patent system than do large firms who can control their markets by their size alone. The smaller the firm, the more they rely on patents -especially startups and individual inventors. Yet small entities create the lion's share of new jobs.

      Please see http://truereform.piausa.org/ for a different/opposing view on patent reform.
      http://docs.piausa.org/

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