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Day December 16, 2010

Senate Floor Wrap Up For Thursday, December 16, 2010

Passed H.R.2142, the DPRA Modernization Act Passed S.3874, the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act. Passed H.R.5809, Safe Drug Disposal Act (with a Voinovich-Carper substitute amendment-Diesel Emissions Reduction and a title amendment). Passed S.4036, a bill to clarify the National Credit Union Adminstration authority to make stabilization fund expenditures without borrowing from the Treasury.…


Senate Republicans on Earmarks: Hypocrisy and Misplaced Priorities

This week, the Senate will consider an Omnibus appropriations bill[1] necessary to prevent a shutdown of the federal government.  This legislation also includes Congressionally-directed funding that directly benefits thousands of communities and millions of Americans in all fifty states. Even though Republican Senators have historically been among the strongest and most vocal champions of such…


Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (Senate Omnibus)

Summary This week, the Senate will consider the Fiscal Year 2011 Consolidated Appropriations Act [link to full text], legislation to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year 2011.  The Senate Omnibus measure is a substitute amendment to the Continuing Resolution, H.R.3082, which passed the House on December 8, 2010.  The Senate Omnibus is $29 billion…


ICYMI: Sessions Wants A Fix But Says It’s No Earmark

Key Point: "Sessions is arguing for a tariff on Bangladeshi sleeping bags to benefit an Alabama company called Exxel Outdoors, which claims to be the only U.S. manufacturer of  discount sleeping bags." Sessions Wants a Fix but Says It’s No Earmark Provision Would Aid Alabama Sleeping-Bag Maker While Republicans mounted a chorus of opposition…


Republicans Say One Thing In Washington And Something Else At Home

Senate Republicans took a lot of heat yesterday for stuffing a bill with millions of their own earmarks, then trying to claim they oppose earmarks. but Republicans’ earmark hypocrisy is even starker when you compare what they are saying in Washington, DC to what they are saying to their constituents back home. In D.C., DeMint…


Reid Statement On The President’s Afghanistan Policy Review

Washington, D.C. — Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today after the President and his national security leadership team announced the completion of their scheduled review of U.S. efforts in Afghanistan:   “Our servicemen and women have done everything that we have asked them to do. Every day, they risk their lives to…


Senate Floor Schedule For Thursday, December 16, 2010

Following any leader remarks, the Senate will turn to Executive session and begin consideration of the New Start Treaty. Amendments are in order to the treaty and, as a result, roll call votes are possible throughout the day. Senators will be notified when any votes are scheduled. This evening Senator Reid came to the floor…