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Stitched-Hand Link Roundup

May 21, 2007 - by Donny Shaw

I got some stitches in my right hand last night so I am going to type as little as possible (and only with my left hand) so that it can heal a bit. Here is a quick list of links to keep you up to date:

First and foremost, the Senate is beginning their debate of comprehensive immigration reform legislation today. The full text of the bill is not up yet on OpenCongress, but N.Z. Bear has it all here, complete with comments sidebars for each section of the bill. The OpenCongress page for the bill is a good place to look for relevant blog and news coverage.

As for Iraq, the other gigantic issue being dealt with in Congress, the AP is reporting that Congressional “Democrats intend to draft an Iraq war-funding bill without a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops and shorn of billions of dollars in spending on domestic programs.”

Meanwhile, the L.A. Times reported yesterday about how our continuing involvement in Iraq is “a big moneymaker” Al-Queada.

According to The Washington Post, “lawmakers from both parties are planning to introduce legislation soon that would make the 79 Iraq Study Group recommendations official policy of the U.S. government. Among the sponsors are several Republicans who have traditionally supported the Bush administration on Iraq – another sign of how GOP lawmakers may be looking for an exit strategy.”

And on the Gonzales front, a House version of the no-confidence resolution has been introduced, but a no-confidence vote from the Senate is now looking “unlikely.”

Finally, The New York Times’ The Caucus blog has a convenient overview of all the work that Congress is trying to get done before Memorial Day recess begins on May 28.

Please help speed the recovery of my poor hand and share some more Congress-related links in the comments section.

UPDATE: the Senate voted 69-23 to begin debate of S.1348, the comprehensive immigration reform bill. Here is the roll call. The motion to proceed to debate did include a time limit, so work on the bill will likely last for several weeks.

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