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  • House and Senate Cloakroom: March 15– 21, 2010

    House Cloakroom: March 15 – 21, 2010 Analysis: It’s crunch time on health care. The Budget Committee will meet Monday to start marking up a shell of a Reconciliation Bill. The Rules Committee will then meet as early as Wednesday to  hollow out whatever the Budget Committee passed and then … More

    Lugar’s “Practical Energy Plan” Means More Government, Less Consumer Choice

    Kudos to Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) for recognizing that current “rhetoric and legislation [which] are focused primarily at climate change” are out of step with the concerns of most Americans. A January poll by Pew Research Center found “dealing with global warming ranks at the bottom of the public’s list … More

    Rockefeller Takes on the EPA, Sort Of

    Yesterday, Senator John Rockefeller (D-WV) introduced legislation that he said would “safeguard jobs, the coal industry, and the entire economy.” Sounds like a pretty solid policy prescription for an ailing economy. What would his legislation do? …suspend, during the 2-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act, … More

    Senate Rejects Spending Caps, and Reality

    Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI), chairman of the Appropriations Committee, took to the floor yesterday to protest an effort led by Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to place a relatively modest cap on discretionary spending. Before raising a budget point of order (which requires 60 votes to overcome), … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: March 1-5, 2010

    The House Cloakroom: March 1 – 5, 2010 Analysis The House will be in for a short week, only taking votes on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The fallout from President Obama’s health care summit will continue to take center stage this week as negotiations continue to bring a health care … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: February 15 - 19, 2010

    Last week, two blizzards knocked Congress (and the rest of the federal government in Washington, DC) out of commission. The snow kept the House out the entire week preventing them from taking any votes. The Senate was only slightly more productive—confirming Joseph Greenaway to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the … More

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

    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. More

    The House and Senate Cloakroam: January 25-29, 2010

    Senate Cloakroom: Jan. 25 – 29 Analysis – As Senators grapple with how to salvage health care reform, they simultaneously want to change their legislative focus to jobs and the economy.  Before they can do that, they have to contend with a record $1.9 trillion debt limit increase.  The debate, … More

    Cold Feet on Climate … and the EPA

    Yesterday, as if he knew the results of the Massachusetts Senate race, retiring Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) ruled out the possibility of the Senate considering a cap-and-trade bill. The reluctance of the Senate to take up a comprehensive global warming bill coincides with increasing public skepticism. Despite these obvious warning … More

    The House and Senate Cloakrooms: Jan. 19 - 24

    Senate Cloakroom: Analysis: The Senate returns this week after a three-week absence. In the wake of passing an unpopular health care bill, the Senators must now contend with another unpopular issue – increasing the nation’s debt limit by nearly $1 trillion. The debate, which is expected to last into next … More