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What's going on in Congress today?

In the House

The House has a short day on tap, completing "work" on seven amendments to, and final passage of, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act. And then they're outta here!

In the Senate

The Senate might actually do something tomorrow, or it might not. No one knows! Yesterday, they agreed to yield back post-cloture time and adopt the motion to proceed to the Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act, but they still appear to be having some problems regarding amendments. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has filed for cloture on the bill (actually on a substitute amendment to the bill), but unless there's some agreement to move it up, that vote won't come until Friday. Reid tried, offering up a unanimous consent request that would vitiate the cloture motion and give Republicans a vote on the language of H.R. 9, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-VA) version of a small biz tax cut, and then that the Senate take up a free standing bill, the text of which would embody the President's proposal on the Bush tax cut extensions, plus an amendment with substitute tax cut extension language offered by Senator Hatch (R-UT). Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) objected to the request.

So today, they'll try again. Maybe they'll agree, maybe they won't. If not, cloture votes on Friday.

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  •  For those curious to maybe expand listeners (1+ / 0-)
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    Mary Mike

    You need not to just utilize the embedded player. You can also listen through these various options

    Smart Phones, even the crippled BlackBerry
    WinAmp (my preference)
    Windows Media Player
    Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 (requires a computer on your network)

    Right now I listen using winamp and have my BlackBerry torch setup to stream when I walk away from my desk. For those who want maybe some assistance, I'd love to point you all in the right direction on how to setup those various options.

    --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

    by idbecrazyif on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 07:00:00 AM PDT

    •  True, yes. (1+ / 0-)
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      And I appreciate your bringing it up. What can we do to make it easy for people to figure out how to do this? I hate to impose on you to give an explainer, but would you consider helping us develop a standing set of instructions for people who have other devices, but might not be as tech savvy?

      That'd really be great. Again, I don't want to impose, but if that's something you'd consider doing, we'd appreciate it! Otherwise, I can maybe give it a whirl, but it's not stuff I can do off the top of my head, and I'm getting the sense that maybe you can.

      I suspect the real growth in our listenership lies in making it easy for mobile listening.

      •  I wouldn't mind, no garuntee on timeline (0+ / 0-)

        But yeah... idk for the smart phone section through. Such a myriad of device types and I lack access to an android device.

        I'll work on it today inbetween breaks and see what I can come up with before tomorrow.

        --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

        by idbecrazyif on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 08:22:08 AM PDT

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