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Recapping yesterday's action:

The House stayed up late, setting aside the TRAIN Act for a midnight session to pass a continuing appropriations bill only slightly changed from the one that failed the day before. The House-passed measure still offsets disaster relief funding, this time with cuts to the program many Republicans until recently were begging for money from—by which I mean the program that also funded the Solyndra loan guarantees.

The Senate wrapped up work on amendments to and passage of the trade bill, H.R. 2832, for which there is no short title. It's just, "A bill to extend the Generalized System of Preferences, and for other purposes." Woohoo! Well, whatever. It's done, along with H.R.2338, the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act, sent over by the House just the other day.

Looking ahead to today:

The House schedule was late in arriving last night due to the extended session. But they're expected to continue work on the TRAIN Act, set aside yesterday, and then quickly adjourn for the week. (Or more likely, adjourn to a series of pro forma sessions spread out over the next week.) A little move we'll call "my way and the highway." The play here is to hand the Senate a continuing appropriations bill they don't like, and stick them with a shutdown if they won't accept it. We'll see how that goes.

The Senate actually has nothing scheduled but waiting for the continuing appropriations bill from the House. Well, that and actually considering that bill. Except that what's coming from the House is apparently unacceptable to the Senate, where Democrats have rejected the notion of offsetting natural disaster relief, as House Democrats did before them. The Senate could pick up another House-passed vehicle and use that to send back a different CR, and just say that if the House skips town on its job, that's on them. Like I said, we'll have to wait and see whether anyone wants to play rough.

Today's floor and committee schedules appear below the fold.

In the House, courtesy of the Office of the Majority Leader:

On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.
First and last votes expected: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

One Minute Speeches (5 per side)

Complete Consideration of H.R. 2401 - The Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation (TRAIN) Act of 2011 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. John Sullivan / Energy and Commerce Committee)

The rule provides for no further general debate and makes in order the following amendments:

Rep. Bobby Rush Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Jerry McNerney Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Gwen Moore Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Lois Capps Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Reps. Adam Kinzinger / Charles Gonzalez Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Charles Dent Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Alcee Hastings Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Gerald Connolly Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Ed Whitfield Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Robert Latta Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Laura Richardson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Special Order Speeches

In the Senate, courtesy of the Office of the Majority Leader:

Senate Floor Schedule for Friday, September 23, 2011

Convenes: 9:00am

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

We await House action on the continuing resolution.

Senators will be notified when votes are scheduled.

Roll Call Votes

  • On the Amendment (Rubio Amdt. No. 651 ), S.Amdt. 651 to S.Amdt. 633 to H.R. 2832, To limit eligibility for trade adjustment assistance to workers who are laid off because of an increase in imports from, or a shift in production to, a country with which the United States has a free trade agreement in effect. Amendment Rejected, 34-62.
  • On the Amendment On the Amendment (Thune Amdt. No. 650 ), S.Amdt. 650 to H.R. 2832, To require a report on the consequences of failing to act on trade agreements. Amendment Rejected, 44-52.
  • On the Amendment (Cornyn Amdt. No. 634 ), S.Amdt. 634 to H.R. 2832, To provide Taiwan with critically needed United States-built multirole fighter aircraft to strengthen its self-defense capability against the increasing military threat from China. Amendment Rejected, 48-48.
  • On the Amendment (Casey Amdt. No. 633 ), S.Amdt. 633 to H.R. 2832, To extend and modify trade adjustment assistance. Amendment Agreed to, 69-28.
  • On Passage of the Bill (H.R. 2832 as Amended ), H.R. 2832 (A bill to extend the Generalized System of Preferences, and for other purposes). Bill Passed, 70-27.

Other Business

Senate Floor Wrap Up for Thursday, September 22, 2011

Passed H.R.2338, the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act.

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Comment Preferences

  •  I hope they don't back down (5+ / 0-)
    "We're fed up with this," said Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Democratic whip. "They know what it takes for us to extend [stopgap funding] and keep the government in business. And this brinksmanship ... we're sick of it."
  •  Reid has already said that this House thing will (3+ / 0-)
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    RhodaA, Phil S 33, mangusta

    get voted down today.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 06:20:07 AM PDT

  •  Kyl.......'Nothing political about what the house (1+ / 0-)
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    Phil S 33

    is doing....Its principled'........Landrieu.....'Bullshit'......(paraphrased)

  •  It seems like the hostage taking, er shutdown (2+ / 0-)
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    bear83, skillet

    threats are getting more frequent and that they are happening at shorter intervals.

    I can imagine the teabagger cries at GOP conference meetings: "HOSTAGES, we want more HOSTAGES!"

    Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

    by DefendOurConstitution on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 06:37:18 AM PDT

  •  What really happened with Solyndra? (2+ / 0-)
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    mangusta, Eric Nelson

    Okay...there were about half billion in loan guarantees to Solyndra.  Did they actually borrow that much?  What happened to the money they borrowed.  Is there any mechanism that exists to make them have to pay this money back or some portion thereof?

    Are there any execs that have gotten huge salaries and bonuses and such there?  What caused the company to go belly up in the first place?

    Lots of questions...lots of so-called answers all around Googleland and Bing etc....but, hard to sift through a lot of the bullski (that's Russian).

    Enquiring minds want to know.

    - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

    by r2did2 on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 06:45:30 AM PDT

    •  The idea their CEO, etc are invoking the Fifth (3+ / 0-)
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      r2did2, mangusta, Eric Nelson

      speaks vo;umes....

      •  I saw that (1+ / 0-)
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        Glad there's an investigation into this.  This is public money...and a big chunk of it (how many people have to pay taxes to pay for this?).  This shouldn't go just so many things like it do.  I admit to not knowing the whole story here...and I think few do.  But, if there's graft and corruption that has led to a few walking away from this with a fistful of dollars, then that has to be found out and prosecuted where appropriate.

        - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

        by r2did2 on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 06:59:42 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

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