What's going on in Congress today?
In the House
The House is scheduled to complete its "consideration" of the Patients’ Rights Repeal Act today, after a whopping five hours of debate (consumed yesterday), with no amendments allowed. The only other scheduled piece of business is the consideration of the rule for the "National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act," the debate and vote on which will be held over until Thursday. Busy day, then, eh?
In the Senate
Having invoked cloture yesterday by a vote of 80-14 on the motion to proceed to consideration of the Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act, the Senate will spend today... burning some or all of the 30 hours of post-cloture time on the motion to proceed! So far, there's no agreement in place to move more quickly to a vote on the actual motion, much less to consideration of the bill. No, the vote of 80-14 isn't enough to just get started already. Senators are, no doubt, wrangling over amendments, and if they're not satisfied they'll get to offer the ones they want, they'll let the full 30 hours run. But if an agreement can be reached, they can waive the balance of the time and even agree by unanimous consent to adopt the motion to proceed, and finally get to work on the bill itself.
On the Radio
We'll look forward to the triumphant return of DemFromCT today, after which we'll review the news and chatter, plus hit the longer term stories we've been watching, like how Wall Street scams counties into bankruptcy, how it turns out that maybe Romney didn't really leave Bain in 1999 like he says he did, and more. Plus (fingers crossed) an explainer on LIBOR, featuring Ozymandius, author of a recent Recommended List diary on the subject.
And don't forget that my two-hour morning kick-off ("working" title: Kagro in the Morning) is now followed from 11 a.m. to noon ET by The Ministry of Truth with Armando, starring Jesse LaGreca.
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