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09-28-2010, 11:32 AM
Democrats to stuff 20 bills into post-election lame-duck session
By Alexander Bolton - 09/28/10 06:00 AM ET

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.

The highest-profile item for November and December is the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, passed under President George W. Bush, which expire at year’s end. Democrats have promised they will not allow tax rates to rise for families making less than $250,000 a year.

Democratic leaders have also prioritized the defense authorization bill, which includes a repeal of the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that bans gays from serving openly in the military. Democrats and gay-rights activists fear repeal could prove impossible if Republicans control the House or additional Senate seats.

Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.), the chamber’s second-ranking Democrat, has promised to push for a vote on the DREAM Act, which would give the children of illegal immigrants a chance to earn legal residence. That bill would have much less chance of passing if Republicans controlled the House.

Democratic leaders also view an extension of unemployment insurance benefits and a freeze in scheduled cuts to doctors’ Medicare reimbursements as must-pass legislation.

Lawmakers could spend much of the lame-duck session haggling over these two expensive proposals, which sucked up weeks of time in the Senate earlier this year.

Thousands of laid-off workers will begin to lose unemployment benefits after Nov. 30, and doctors are scheduled to see a 23 percent cut in Medicare reimbursements on Dec. 1.

Conservative Blue Dog Democrats in the House may demand the cost of the so-called doc fix to be offset with spending cuts.

The limited amount of time in a lame-duck session has only heightened competition among Democrats pushing different pet priorities.

More at the link.

The Hill (http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/121223-dems-stuff-lame-duck)

09-28-2010, 11:42 AM
The outright contempt that the Democrats in Congress have for the American is obvious just in the fact that they are even contemplating this.

09-28-2010, 11:45 AM
I would be willing to bet the 109th Congress didn't stop working after the election.

Any takers?

Wei Wu Wei
09-28-2010, 12:27 PM

Wei Wu Wei
09-28-2010, 12:27 PM
Now let's get that public option!!

09-28-2010, 12:30 PM
I would be willing to bet the 109th Congress didn't stop working after the election.

Any takers?

A better question would be "did they try to slip some stuff in to law because they knew that they wouldn't have to worry about any negative consequences?"

BTW, I don't know the answer to that question.

09-28-2010, 03:00 PM
Now let's get that public option!!

There is a question for a spineless coward like you to answer in the Thunderdome section.

Wei Wu Wei
09-28-2010, 03:30 PM
As Palin launches into her Ronald Reagan impression — "Government's not the solution! Government's the problem!" — the person sitting next to me leans over and explains.

"The scooters are because of Medicare," he whispers helpfully. "They have these commercials down here: 'You won't even have to pay for your scooter! Medicare will pay!' Practically everyone in Kentucky has one."

A hall full of elderly white people in Medicare-paid scooters, railing against government spending and imagining themselves revolutionaries as they cheer on the vice-presidential puppet hand-picked by the GOP establishment. If there exists a better snapshot of everything the Tea Party represents, I can't imagine it.

09-28-2010, 04:00 PM
It is going to be a sight to behold when Democrats get slaughtered in November. The Tea Party rides herd over the Donkeys.

09-28-2010, 04:03 PM
Now let's get that public mandate!!
Edited for truth.