They can see the writing on the wall that they will lose the House, and a slight change of losing the Senate. So, what do they do? Bow to the will of the People and take a break from their destructive legislative agenda? Yeah. Sure. Right. Like that’ll happen
Democrats are considering cramming as many as 20 pieces of legislation into the lame-duck session they plan to hold after the Nov. 2 election.
The array of bills competing for floor time shows the sense of urgency among Democratic lawmakers to act before the start of the 112th Congress, when Republicans are expected to control more seats in the Senate and House.
But, given the slow pace of the Senate, it also all but guarantees that Democrats will be hard-pressed to pass even a small part of their lame-duck agenda.
Thank God for small favors. The Republicans in the Senate need to work extra hard to gum up the works to avoid the hardcore leftist agenda.
So, what will the be pushing? Supposedly, they will attempt to pass their extension of the Bush tax cuts rates except for families and small businesses making more than $250K, further damaging small businesses and small business creation. You know. Jobs. Also, the DREAM Act and a repeal of DADT. DADT does actually have a chance of passing with Republicans in charge, once the military has returned all the information and made a determination, particularly the service chiefs. And when it is legislation on its own.
We also have a further extension of unemployment benefits, a freeze on medicare reimbursement cuts, tax cuts for teachers and other union/government workers, a renewable energy standard (read cap and tax), ratification of START, some food nanny stateism from Nancy Pelosi, and several more. Also
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) says he intends to hold Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to a promise to schedule a vote on legislation that would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from taking action to curb carbon gas emissions for two years.
Rockefellar has been waiting quite some time for that one, and, despite being popular, will never see the light of day, because Republicans would be overwhelmingly for it.
Notice something missing? If you guessed “where’s the budget?”, give yourself a pat on the back. They do plan on passing some stopgap measures this week, though
The Obama administration is asking lawmakers to include about $20 billion for Pell Grants, the cash-strapped Postal Service and the implementation of the healthcare and financial regulation reform bills, but that effort is running into opposition from Republicans who want a “clean” resolution.
Approval of the continuing resolution is necessary because Congress has not approved a single appropriations bill. The resolution would allow federal programs to operate at the spending levels of the previous year. The measure is a target for additional spending because it is probably the last vehicle that will be approved by Congress before the election.
Hey, what’s another $20 billion to this crew? No actual budget, but, let’s make sure we implement legislation that no one, including the people who are supposed to implement it, understand.