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The Week Ahead

June 28, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Democrats had been hoping to get final passage of the financial reform bill in the Senate and House this week before leaving for July 4 recess, but the death of Sen. Robert Byrd [D, WV] and Sen. Scott Brown [R, MA] surprising opposition to the conference report could throw a wrench in those plans. They will also likely be looking at passing a stand-alone extension of unemployment insurance benefits after failing last week to break a Republican filibuster of a bill containing a UI extension plus a swatch of tax and stimulus items. We’ll be covering those stories as they develop this week. Meanwhile, here’s what will be happening on the House floor:

First Vote of the Week… Monday 6:00 p.m.
Last Vote Predicted… Friday p.m.

MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2010

On Monday, the House will meet at 12:30 p.m. for Morning Hour debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business with votes postponed until 6:00 p.m.

Suspensions (8 Bills)

  1. H.Res. 1244 – Recognizing the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition for its now five-year effort to promote cyber security curriculum in institutions of higher learning (Rep. Rodriguez – Education and Labor)
  2. H.Con.Res. 284 – Recognizing the work and importance of special education teachers (Rep. Sessions – Education and Labor)
  3. H.Res. __ – Commending the University of Southern California Trojan men’s tennis team for its victory in the 2010 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men’s Tennis Championship (Rep. Watson – Education and Labor)
  4. S. 1508 – Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010 (Sen. Carper – Oversight and Government Reform)
  5. H.R. 3913 – Major General David F. Wherley, Jr. District of Columbia National Guard Retention and College Access Act (Rep. Norton – Oversight and Government Reform)
  6. H.Res. 1439 – Congratulating the Chicago Blackhawks on winning the 2010 Stanley Cup Championship (Rep. Quigley – Oversight and Government Reform)
  7. S. 1510 – United States Secret Service Uniformed Division Modernization Act (Sen. Lieberman – Oversight and Government Reform)
  8. H.R. 5395 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 151 North Maitland Avenue in Maitland, Florida, as the “Paula Hawkins Post Office Building” (Rep. Mica – Oversight and Government Reform)


On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:30 a.m. for Morning Hour debate and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. On Wednesday and Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.

Suspensions (18 Bills)

  1. H.R. 4505 – To enable State homes to furnish nursing home care to parents any of whose children died while serving in the Armed Forces (Rep. Thornberry – Veterans’ Affairs)
  2. H.Res. 1446 – Recognizing the residents of the City of Tracy, California, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the city’s incorporation, for their century of dedicated service to the United States (Rep. McNerney – Veterans’ Affairs)
  3. H.Res. 1228 – Honoring the veterans of Helicopter Attack Light Squadron Three and their families (Rep. Boozman – Veterans’ Affairs)
  4. H.R. 4307 – To name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Artesia, New Mexico, as the “Alejandro Renteria Ruiz Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic” (Rep. Teague – Veterans’ Affairs)
  5. S.J.Res. 33 – A joint resolution to provide for the reconsideration and revision of the proposed constitution of the United States Virgin Islands to correct provisions inconsistent with the Constitution and Federal law (Sen. Bingaman – Natural Resources)
  6. H.R. 1554 – Fountainhead Property Land Transfer Act (Rep. Boren – Natural Resources)
  7. H.R. 4445 – Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Clarification Act (Rep. Heinrich – Natural Resources)
  8. H.R. 2340 – Salmon Lake Land Selection Resolution Act (Rep. Young (AK) – Natural Resources)
  9. H.Res. 1153 – Recognizing the heroic efforts of the West Virginia National Guard and local responders for their work rescuing 17 individuals from a downed military helicopter on a rugged, snow-covered mountain on the Pocahontas-Randolph county line (Rep. Rahall – Armed Services)
  10. H.Res. 1460 – Recognizing the important role pollinators play in supporting the ecosystem and supporting the goals and ideals of National Pollinator Week (Rep. Hastings (FL) – Agriculture)
  11. Senate Amendments to H.R. 3360 – Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (Rep. Matsui – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  12. H.R. __ – Extending the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund and extending the authorizations for the airport improvement program (Rep. Levin – Ways and Means)
  13. H.R. 5552 – Firearms Excise Tax Improvement Act of 2010 (Rep. Kind – Ways and Means)
  14. H.Res. 1321 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the political situation in Thailand be solved peacefully and through democratic means (Rep. Faleomavaega – Foreign Affairs)
  15. H.Res. 1412 – Congratulating the Government of South Africa upon its first two successful convictions for human trafficking (Rep. Smith (NJ) – Foreign Affairs)
  16. S. 3104 – Permanently authorizing Radio Free Asia (Sen. Lugar – Foreign Affairs)
  17. H.Res. 1405 – Congratulating the people of the 17 African nations that in 2010 are marking the 50th year of their national independence (Rep. Rush – Foreign Affairs)
  18. H.R. 5503 – Securing Protections for the Injured from Limitations on Liability Act (Rep. Conyers – Judiciary)

Conference Report on H.R. 4173 – Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 (Rep. Frank – Financial Services) (Subject to a Rule)

Further Action on H.R. 4899 – Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2010 (Rep. Obey – Appropriations) (Subject to a Rule)

  •  Conference Reports may be brought up at any time.
  • Motions to go to Conference should they become available.
  • Possible Motions to Instruct Conferees.

And here’s what we know about the Senate’s schedule so far:

Convenes: 2:00pm

Following any Leader remarks, there will be a period of morning business until 3:00pm with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.5297, Small Business Jobs bill.

At 5:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination of Gary Feinerman, of Illinois, to be United States District judge for the Northern District of Illinois. Debate until 5:30pm will be equally divided and controlled between Senators Leahy and Sessions or their designees.

There will be a series of 2 roll call votes at 5:30pm on Monday. Those votes will be on the following:

  • Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.5297, Small Business Jobs; and

  • Confirmation of the nomination of Gary Feinerman, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.

At 5:30pm on Monday, June 28, the Senate will proceed to a series of 2 roll call votes in relation to the following items:

  • Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.5297, Small Business Lending Fund Program; and
  • Confirmation of the nomination of Gary Feinerman, of Illinois, to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
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  • don9084 06/28/2010 7:59am

    H.R. 4213. I’m switching my vote to all Dems after I see what the republicans are doing during these hard economic times.

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    purplelilac3084 06/29/2010 5:01am

    Well, that is not what you need to do! Have you read the bill? Unemployment is a very small part of the bill. That is why republicans oppose it. Read it,
    it has doctor money, 3 billion for Indian settlement, all kinds of money to states, etc. They passed PAYGO, but Democrats ignore it. We are going to be bankrupt if they keep spending money we don’t already have.
    Republicans have said they will vote for unemployment alone, that is why they now have a new bill, S. 3520

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    Chris51 06/29/2010 11:09pm

    To the 1.2 million jobless americans I thought you would be glad to know that the Republicans let the Democrates get the Small Business Bill through.

    How many Small Business loans will be approved to the jobless workers who are looking at the option of doing a business start up? NONE
    -Poor credit and/or unemployed need not apply.

    Everyone knows that banks, retailers, small or big businesses have the legal right to not interview or hire applicants if they have had any negative information on their credit history report. So on top of everything else the unemployed are trying to keep up with they must be sure to keep a high credit score standing while they are unemployed, in order to have at least a chance to get interviewed after completing MOST companies on-line application and required background information checks.
    - It’s not always about experience, but about the criteria businesses/agencies use to screen applications for employment.

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    Chris51 06/30/2010 10:38pm

    The Senate needs to be held accountable for their incompetence and lack of integrity. Shame on them for not coming up with a 100% solution for all Americans who are forced to survive on their UI.

    President Obama can’t sign a bill, if Congress doesn’t get it to him. President Obama’s discussed the economy, and the need to help the displaced unemployed with UI Extentions on Monday and Tuesday. CSPAN.ORG

    As of today, we have 9.7% unemployed, 55% of the workforce have taken reduced work hours, pay-cuts, unpaid leave, forced to switch to part-time, and BP Oil Corporation’s IRRESPONSIBLENESS is adding to LOST JOBS and LOST LIVES.
    1.2 million who will lose their Unemployment Insurance if Republicans get their way.

    The GOP have no vested interest in hearing or helping jobless people. The only communication Republicans hear is $$$$$. That’s why they listen to and only support Oil Companies, Insurance Companies, Banks, Big Corporations, and Wall Street

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    Chris51 07/08/2010 7:08pm

    GOP are determined to bloc everything the President is trying to do for the USA right now. He has a vested interest, and seems to take pride in doing the best job he can while in office.
    We are in trouble as long as Republican politicians continue favoring their special interest.
    How can any CEO or Owner of business get anything done if half of his managers or executives stand in his way just to be defiant.

    President Obama speech on CSPAN today, while in Kansas City, MO to support a future candidate. Was right on.
    If you are an unemployed American, and are thinking no one understands the difficulties of being jobless. Obama speech articulated the financial and emotional struggles well. Hat’s off to the President for saying what needed to be said.

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    Chris51 07/08/2010 7:08pm

    Senator’s excuse for not passing is a false statement.
    Read all about it:
    The funding argument is even harder to swallow. I’d be more sympathetic with these new converts to fiscal responsibility if they were as enthusiastic about paying for extending $32 billion worth of special interest tax breaks as they are about funding the unemployment extension. If I understand correctly, these lawmakers insist that Congress fund every dime of added jobless aid, which nearly all analysts agree will help boost the economy. But they feel no need to pay for continuing these special interest tax breaks, which will not.
    Full Story:

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    Chris51 07/10/2010 10:12pm

    Oil & Gas Industry, history of strong influence in Washington. Individuals and political action committees affiliated with oil and gas companies have donated $238.7 MILLION to candidates and parties since the 1990 (Bush Senior term) election cycle, 75% of which has gone to REPUBLICANS…
    Former oilmen George W. Bush and Dick Cheney occupied the White House for 8 yrs, the oil and gas industry could not win support for repealing bans on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. However, Congress voted in 2008 to lift a ban on offshore drilling… Read full story:

    Drilling bans were lifted during Bush’s last months in WhiteHouse in 2008. The After consumers & transportation industry & economy felt the pain of $1-$2 price hikes of gas, during Summer 2007. It was “the straw that broke the Camel’s backs”, PUTTING USA/AMERICANS INTO TAIL SPIN.

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    Chris51 07/10/2010 10:13pm

    Top 5 Contributions from Oil&Gas Industry 2009-2010:
    1 Koch Industries $724,300 14% Dems, 86%Repubs
    2 Exxon Mobil $548,214 13% Dems, 87% Repubs
    3 Chevron Corp $516,891 18% Dems, 82% Repubs
    4 Valero Energy $467,000 17% Dems, 83% Repubs
    5 Marathon Oil $378,190 23% Dems, 76% Repubs

    Tea Party Movement benefits from millions of dollars from conservative foundations that are derived from wealthy U.S. families and their business interests. Money flowing primarily through two conservative groups: Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks. FreedomWorks receives substantial funding from David Koch of Koch Industries, the largest privately-held energy company in the country, which make substantial annual donations to conservative org…

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    Chris51 07/10/2010 10:14pm

    Letter was written to Senators:
    On behalf of hundreds of thousands of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to carefully consider all aspects of H.R. 4213…

    If the bill comes to a vote as currently formulated, we encourage you to vote NO, and will track the vote on our Economic Scorecard….

    Signed FreedomWorks President and CEO
    (FreedomWorks funds Tea Party ;)

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    Chris51 07/10/2010 10:14pm

    Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle:
    If you’ve been following the ongoing Senate campaign of Nevada hopeful Sharron Angle, you know that she’s sick and tired of the long-term unemployed taking home all of those cushy unemployment benefits. Angle’s angle is that these millions of Americans are just living large on the dole and need to have their unemployment benefits terminated so that they will be motivated to go out and get a job — one of the millions of magical jobs that exist in Sharron Angle’s mind!

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    Chris51 07/10/2010 10:15pm

    Republicans only care about one thing, their own job preservation. Reps are working hard to win November’s election with the help of Tea Party Movement (FreedomWorks) and their BIG CONTRIBUTIONS FROM SPECIAL INTEREST.

    Oil&Gas Industry Contribution 2009-2010
    Koch Industries $724,300 14% Dems, 86% Repubs

    Kosh has made big contributions to FreedomWorks, a non-profit that funds Tea Party. These 2 organizations are putting a great deal of pressure on Senators to not support UI Ext. with stimulus that require corporations to help pay back through taxes.

    Most big corporations have made record profits this year by cutting jobs long-term. They started layoffs in 2007, and putting millions of Americans on unemployment.

    They created the business mantra of “DO MORE, WITH LESS”, causing today’s workforce to do more job responsibilities with no more pay.

  • AmberWoodson 06/28/2010 8:01am

    My condolences go out to the families who have suffered losses… May I politely remind congress that “We The People” are suffering GREAT losses i.e. our homes, savings, vehicles. The list goes on. Why are “We” tossed by the way side??? What is it going to take to make a firm decision? We are all struggling anxiously waiting with NO call backs on prospective work. We go door to door in hopes something IS available so we can once again have an income to keep us off of the streets. WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE?! I’m tired of stressing what I shouldn’t I cry in frustration constantly. When will “We The People” see a reprieve once again?! I’m losing my faith as an American due to the selfishness of those in the senate…………..

  • tiredofbeingtired 06/28/2010 8:33am

    I along with others are completely exhausted over what to do. They argue that we need to find jobs so that we will be off unemployment which 99 percent of us want to do without hesitation, yet how are we do get to these interviews if we are called for them? How are we going to get a call on our phones if they’re cut off? We still have to live. Forget welfare, no one wants welfare, ok with it you’ll be able to get groceries, but forget food, a household needs money to operate. I can’t pay my rent, utilities and car note with food. How can you look for a job when you need the internet? Most companies only take online applications. Why do you have to wonder can I afford internet to look for a job or car payment to actually go to the interview if I’m called? It’s sad….both parties are just not going to budge on this matter, which is sad. This is an extreme sense of urgency in my opinion, but hey it seems like the only people that care are those who are in the same situation.

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    Chris51 06/28/2010 10:37am

    Congress bailout WALL STREET in 2008. The White House and Congress wrangle over the smallest of subsistence measures for the jobless, neither party nor the CORPORATE ELITE as a whole propose to do anything to provide jobs for the unemployed. The Wall Street Journal reported that American corporations have increased their cash reserves to $1.84 TRILLION, the HIGHEST figure in history. In other words, big business and the banks, after an unprecedented bailout by the public treasury, are hoarding the funds that could put millions back to work. The cash reserves of major corporations have jumped 26 percent in one year, the largest percentage increase in nearly 60 years. The cash reserves of working people, and particularly the unemployed, have not been so fortunate…
    Also, most CORPORATIONS can choose to not hire the unemployed if their credit rating is poor.

  • charulata 06/28/2010 11:49am

    Its really hurts to see this world fall apart like this, we have used all of our resources because they only help with utilities once a year. and when you call the utility companies they dont seem to care or understand how hard it is for us. we can bearly buy food anymore let alone pay our bills i am so tired of crying and worrying everyday.why dont someone in congress take a stand and do something now and stop taking their vacations while we are suffering im so angry and dissapointed to live as a american right now. i wish someone HELP US PLEASE>

  • Revolution 06/28/2010 3:13pm

    “Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people . . . . This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.”
    John Adams, 1818

    “Objects of the most stupendous magnitude, and measure in which the lives and liberties of millions yet unborn are intimately interested, are now before us. We are in the very midst of a revolution the most complete, unexpected and remarkable of any in the history of nations.”
    John Adams, letter to William Cushing, June 9, 1776

  • Revolution 06/28/2010 3:21pm

    As good government is an empire of laws, how shall your laws be made? In a large society, inhabiting an extensive country, it is impossible that the whole should assemble to make laws. The first necessary step, then, is to depute power from the many to a few of the most wise and good.
    John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776

    Obviously we dont have the few wise and good in power in the senate…but we have the power to change that…

  • akeough35 06/28/2010 4:42pm

    I am disgusted that they are going to break for the holiday without coming to some kind of solution to this mess! Well senate…myself and my husband will be spending this holiday trying to explain to our children why we cannot join in on the festivities…because our unemployment was stripped away and we cant afford it! but you go ahead and enjoy yourselves because it seems to me you are thinking of yourselves first before the people you were elected to represent!! read the statistics there are not enough dam jobs for all of us! please stop being ignorant and selfish and help us!

  • Chris51 06/29/2010 11:16am

    President Obama gets it. The GOP who are busy watching out for Wall Street/Corporations. Shame on Congress for not coming up with a solution for all its unemployed americans.

    Watch President Obama discussion on this earlier today, go to CSPAN.

    Then go to

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    Chris51 06/30/2010 6:49am

    • It’s the Republican party who is busy watching out for Wall Street/Corporations.
    Shame on Congress for not coming up with a solution for ALL its’ displaced hard working Americans.
    • 9.7% unemployed = 1.2 million Americans, and 55% of the workforce have taken reduced work hours, pay-cuts, unpaid leave, forced to switch to part-time. The BP Oil Corporation’s irresponsibleness is adding to lost jobs and lost lives.

    Yesterday, President Obama’s discussed what was happening with corporations, the economy, and the need to help the displaced unemployed. Watch his entire interview on CSPAN. He gets it.

    CNN and FOX only report on self-interested, with their main story and topics cycling 24 hours. Go to CSPAN

  • Chris51 06/29/2010 3:27pm

    Once again, Republican defeat a proposed extension of unemployment benefits for workers who have been jobless…

    Yet Congress was able to rushed through SEVERAL billion $$$ bailoutS of Wall Street in 2007-2008. Starting with JPMORGAN CHASE.
    The Wall Street Journal reported a few weeks ago that American corporations have increased their cash reserves to $1.84 TRILLION, the highest figure in history. In other words, big business and the banks, after an unprecedented bailout by the public treasury, are hoarding the funds that could put millions back to work. The cash reserves of major corporations have jumped 26 percent in one year, the largest percentage increase in nearly 60 years. The cash reserves of working people, and particularly the unemployed, have not been so fortunate..

    Get in touch with what really is happening by going to and

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    Chris51 07/01/2010 8:57am

    Corporations have increased their cash reserves to $1.84 TRILLION, THE HIGHEST FIGURE IN HISTORY! Big business and the banks, after an unprecedented bailout by the public treasury, are hoarding the funds (Americans pay this back on their IRS tax bill). BIG CORPORATIONS EXECUTIVES ARE MAKING BIG BONUSES AND GETTING SALARY INCREASES FOR SHOWING HUGE PROFITS. The cash reserves of major corporations have jumped 26 percent in one year, the largest percentage increase in nearly 60 years. The cash reserves of working people, and particularly the unemployed, have not been so fortunate.

    REPUBLICANS bloc, the SENATE vote and defeat a proposed extension of unemployment benefits for unemployed workers. Many of these same Senators rushed through a $700 BILLION bailout of Wall Street in 2008 in a matter of days, cannot bring itself to support even the most meager subsistence for the unemployed workers who are the victims, not the perpetrators, of the economic crisis.

  • rufusjuice 06/30/2010 9:37am

    republicans DIDN’T vote for a stand alone bill in the house yesterday!

  • Chris51 07/03/2010 10:01pm

    Why don’t our Senators get that there is a great need?

    The job market is broken.
    The corporate executives are not going to give up their year-end profit bonus by adding jobs/payroll to their companies.

    Here are a few stories on our jobless nation:

    Job recovery hits a wall

    Job gloom at all time high

    7.9 million jobs lost- many forever

    Jobless claims spike

    Thousands at risk for losing unemployment benefits

  • Chris51 07/07/2010 9:13pm

    CNN has actually screened and blocked several comments/blogs that expose the truth about the Republican Senators in regards to the UI Ext bills.

    Here are some stories written with very accurate reporting of the UI Ext Crisis.

    The unemployment emergency

    Senate struggles with unemployment benefits

    Calls to Suicide Hotlines Skyrocket Along with Unemployment

  • Chris51 07/08/2010 9:57am

    Read and sign this petition on today if you agree.

    Petition Title: Tell your Senators to vote for an emergency extension of UI Benefits.

  • Chris51 07/10/2010 6:55am

    Republicans filibustered UI Ext bill! They’re asking for UI Ext be paid, while at the same time they’re fighting to give their Special Interest groups special tax stimulus. Rep are trying to look like they care about the deficit, but for 10 yrs (Bush Admin) they never spoke of concerns for the huge deficit they were digging us into as they approved large spending for Special Interest. The Rep debate on these UI Ext bills are like “broken record”. They want USA to use the stimulus money that is already committed to the agreed upon projects, programs, etc. Republicans want USA to “rob Peter to pay Paul”, so they can try to prolong the problem past November election. This is how they have operated for YEARS, and we’re in worse shape now because of their IRRESPONSIBLENESS. People should not be in Leadership positions if they cant make decision for the problems at hand.
    Dont take my word for it. Please read links Donny Shaw and others have provided with accurate research and reporting.

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