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  • While You Sleep: 1:00 AM Monday Vote Set on Obamacare

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has set the stage for a major vote Monday morning at 1:00 AM – one that would require the support of 60 Senators. That would, if all goes according to Senator Reid’s plan, set up a late-night Christmas Eve vote on final passage. Senator … More

    Reid Unveils New Bill. Now What?

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) just unveiled his much discussed amendment (called a manager’s amendment), which many believe is the President’s last chance to secure significant health care reform before next year’s mid-term elections. Fittingly, since no one has seen the bill, the Senate clerk is now reading the … More

    The House and Senate Cloakrooms: Dec. 14 - 18

    The House Cloakroom by Dan Ziegler Analysis: The House will be busy next week trying to wrap up business for the year before going on break. The main piece of legislation on their plate will be finishing up the last appropriations spending bill, which will be used to tack on … More

    Kerry-Lieberman-Graham-Boxer-Waxman-Markey

    Yesterday, Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) unveiled an outline of their cap-and-trade proposal. Interestingly, their version of a national tax on American energy is hard to distinguish from earlier proposals such as the House-passed Waxman-Markey or the Senate committee-passed Boxer-Kerry. All of these proposals … More

    The House and Senate Cloakrooms: Dec. 7 – 11

    The House Cloakroom – Dec. 7 – 11 Analysis: The major piece of legislation for the week will be a bill to overhaul the financial regulatory system, which includes creating a Consumer Financial Protection Agency. Heritage analyst David John talks about a better approach here. A bill to extend expiring … More

    The Senate Cloakroom: Nov. 30 – Dec. 4

    Analysis – Health care will dominate the Senate this week, and probably the entire month of December. Everyone will be watching Senators Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Ben Nelson (D-NE), all three of whom have threatened to prevent the bill from moving to final passage (i.e. they would … More

    The Senate Cloakroom: Nov. 16 – 20

    Analysis – Will the health care debate start next week? Everyone is asking the question, but no one seems to have the answer. Rumors will continue to dominate the discussion until Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) takes some concrete action. In the midst of health care speculation, the Senate will consider … More

    The Senate Cloakroom: Nov. 9 – 13

    Analysis – With Veterans’ Day on Wednesday, the Senate will have a shorter than normal workweek – Monday and Tuesday. Senators will spend the remainder of the week back home honoring veterans and, presumably, hearing from constituents about health care. The timeline for Senate action on the Reid-Obama health care … More

    Boxer’s Procedural Gambit Pushed Bill Out of Committee

    According to the Politico, “Barbara Boxer plans to bypass Republicans on climate vote.” Committee Republicans have refused to a markup of the Kerry-Boxer (S.1733) global warming bill because EPA has not conducted a full analysis of the legislation. Committee rules prevent Boxer (D-CA), who chairs the committee, from moving forward … More

    Kerry-Boxer – Fifth Version Still Not the Charm

    According to The New York Times/ClimateWire, there is a new version of the Kerry-Boxer cap-and-trade legislation. For those keeping track, that makes no less than five different versions in just 36 days. Let us recap: September 29 – 684-page draft version September 30 – 801-page updated draft version September 30 … More