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And because I still care... What's happening in Congress this week?

In the House

The House is just killing time until the August recess, at this point. On tap for the week: 22 suspension bills and two bills coming to the floor under regular order. One of the suspension bills, by the way, is Rep. Ron Paul'S (R-TX) "audit the Fed" measure. I don't know whether they actually expect that to pass under suspension (2/3 vote needed) or not. We'll see. The last two bills are, of course, both aimed at undermining the Obama administration's ability to do much of anything in the way of new regulations. One prohibits the issuance of new regulations on business until the unemployment rate falls below 6%. The other forces an accelerated schedule for issuance of oil and gas leases on the Outer Continental Shelf. Because freedom.

By the way, that drilling bill has just about the worst name I've ever seen that wasn't some kind of bass-ackwards acronym: “Congressional Replacement of President Obama’s Energy-Restricting and Job-Limiting Drilling Plan.” Unless CRPOERJLDP means something to you, that is.

In the Senate

The Senate work week starts with a cloture vote on the nomination of Michael Shipp, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey. We haven't needed a cloture vote on a District Judge for a while, if memory serves. So that's not a particularly good sign.

And although the available Senate schedule doesn't mention it, they're likely to try to begin work on that whole Bush tax cut/fiscal cliff thingy this week, too. By which I mean that Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will be bringing a bill that freezes tax rates for those making under $250,000, but letting the cuts expire for those making more. Republicans will be doing what they can to block it, or at the very least bring an amendment to freeze rates for everyone. But since they've filibustered everything else in sight, I suppose that the filibuster is the bet to make.

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  •  gun law polls (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    xanthippe2, Armando, OLinda

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:50:55 AM PDT

  •  Another crisis manufactured by Republicans (0+ / 0-)

    in the Senate is due to the unprecedented filibusters and other delays of District Court nominees, a rarity before January 2009.

    Having already declared that no more Circuit Court nominees will be considered before Election Day, Senate Republicans are also continuing their strategy to stall every Obama nominee to the District Courts as well.

    21 judicial nominees have been approved by the Judiciary Committee - 17 for District courts - and are only waiting for a final vote on the Senate floor.

    In prior adminstrations, Presidents have had a relatively free hand to name nominees to District Courts, as long as home state senators agreed. By this date in 2004, 94% of George W Bush's District Court nominees had been confirmed. President Obama is at just 80%.

    The result - 77 current vacancies, 16 future vacancies, and 32 judicial emergencies. 16 of the pending District Court nominees are for judicial emergencies, but Republican senators could care less if justice grinds to a halt - it's an election year, baby!

    Senate Republcians should be careful - they are adding to the reasons for Senate Democrats to kill the filibuster next January. Senator Leahy's patience is wearing thin:

    The minority’s stalling votes on judicial nominees with significant bipartisan support is all to the detriment of the American people.  This has been a tactic that they have employed for the last three and one half years, despite repeated appeals urging them to work with us to help solve the judicial vacancy crisis.  We have seen everyone from Chief Justice John Roberts, himself appointed by a Republican president, to the nonpartisan American Bar Association urging the Senate to vote on qualified judicial nominees that are available to administer justice for the American public.  Sadly, Republicans insist on being the party of “no”.

    NC-4 (soon to be NC-6) Obama/Biden 2012

    by bear83 on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 06:34:59 AM PDT

  •  Just installed shoutcast app on my iPod (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    winkk, idbecrazyif, David Waldman

    And now I'm listening to DK radio. Easy peasy. Took no time at all.

  •  Great show as always! (0+ / 0-)

    --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 Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 07:53:56 AM PDT

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