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April 29, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

The financial reform debate has officially begun in the Senate, though votes on amendments won't begin until next week. Meanwhile, the House has passed legislation authorizing Puerto Rico to take a series of votes on whether to become a U.S. state, become an independednt nation, or keep its current status as a commonwealth. Get the latest on this and more in today's roundup of links on Congress.

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April 22, 2010 - by Eric Naing

The gauntlet has been thrown down on financial regulation. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid [D, NV] today filed for cloture on the financial regulation bill (S.3217). Senate Democrats have made some headway on the issue with several Republicans signaling their willingness to negotiate. Reid's action means that Republicans now have until Monday to decide if they're going to uphold a filibuster to block the bill or allow it to be debated. It's amazing how quickly this debate has moved this week and I'm sure there are more surprises ahead. If you want to catch up, take a look at today's Congress Links.

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April 21, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Will there really be bipartisan cooperation on financial regulation? A Senate committee vote offers a glimpse of hope. The Senate Agriculture Committee today approved a sweeping bill regulating derivatives on an almost party-line vote. The “almost” qualifier is key. Sen. Chuck Grassley [R, IA] surprised many by breaking with his party to vote the bill out of committee. Granted, there is still a long, long way to go on this bill and Sen. Chris Dodd's [D, CT] broader regulation bill but this could be the first of many cracks in Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell's [R, KY] strategy of unanimous opposition. For more, check out today's Capitol Links.

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April 20, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Yesterday, it looked like the House was moving forward on the D.C. voting rights bill and Senate Democrats would have to go it alone on financial regulation. But today is a brand new day in Congress. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer [D, MD-5] this morning announced that gun control politics has shelved the voting rights bill in the House for the year and now Senate Democrats and Republicans are back at the negotiating table for financial regulation. For more on this and other issues, check out the latest edition of Capitol Links.

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April 19, 2010 - by Eric Naing

It's financial reform week and things are looking mighty similar to the health care debate. After weeks of fruitless negotiations, Senate Republicans are poised to put up a unanimous opposition to not only the bill, but also to allowing the bill to even come up for debate while Democrats are going it alone. The difference is that Democrats now lack the 60 votes to overcome a Republican filibuster. For more on this and other issues, take a look at today's edition of Congress links.

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April 15, 2010 - by Eric Naing

It looks like the Senate could wrap up work on the unemployment benefits extension bill soon – maybe even today. And beyond that, things seem to be moving along on the issues of financial reform and climate change. Senate bills for both issues could drop as soon as next week and later this month respectively. For more on the world of D.C. politics, read today's Congress Links.

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April 14, 2010 - by Eric Naing

The Senate continued working on unemployment benefits and financial regulation today. While we still don't have a full financial regulation bill, Democrats and a handful of Republicans are making progress on that issue at a remarkable pace – at least compared to the glacial speed that health care seemed to move at. For more on “FinReg,” as the cool kids in D.C. are calling it, and more, check out today's edition of Congress Links.

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April 13, 2010 - by Eric Naing

It looks like Congress is back in the swing of things, but the agenda for the near future, at least in the Senate, is missing a few expected items. For the next few weeks, it looks like the Senate will focus on jobs legislation, financial reform, and a few other topics. Conspicuously missing is a Supreme Court nomination and a START treaty ratification, among other items. To catch up in this and other developments in Congress, check out today's Congress Links.

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April 12, 2010 - by Eric Naing

All the buzz in Washington is about the 47 world leaders who have descended upon the city for president Obama's Nuclear Security Summit. But in the Senate, lawmakers are also buzzing about unemployment benefits once again. In a familiar refrain, Democrats are trying to overcome the objections of a key Republican to pass a short-term extension for the now-expired benefits. Check out today's edition of Congress Links for more on this topic and others.

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April 8, 2010 - by Eric Naing

The to-do list awaiting lawmakers when the return to Washington next week continues to grow. The latest addition to the list is ratification of the new strategic arms reduction treaty with Russia. To ratify a treaty, at least 67 senators need to support it. Past arms reductions treaties have been overwhelmingly bipartisan affairs, but we'll have to see whether this vote will follow suit. Anyway, here's today's edition of Congress Links.

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April 7, 2010 - by Eric Naing

There are only a handful of days left until Congress once again opens for business and it looks like lawmakers will have a lot on their plate. Discussions on financial regulation and climate change will of course resume, but other domestic issues like mining safety and national security issues like Afghanistan and nuclear policy must also be tackled. And to top it off, it looks like there will be a few battles over judicial nominations as well. To prepare, take a look at today's edition of Congress Links.

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April 6, 2010 - by Eric Naing

The House and Senate may still be out of session, but plenty of events are happening that will demand Congressional attention when everyone gets back to Washington. Until then, please take a look at a few other articles and blog posts of note in today's edition of Congress Links.

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April 5, 2010 - by Eric Naing

As Congress enters week two of its recess, campaign matters have largely overshadowed policy matters. But one issue in particular, unemployment benefits, continues to be a hot topic here at OpenCongress. While you lament the fact that you too can't enjoy a two-week recess right now, check out what else is going on in the world of politics with today's edition of Congress Links.

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April 1, 2010 - by Eric Naing

It's another slow day with Congress on break. Lawmakers are still arguing over the politics of President Obama's offshore drilling announcement and the policy of climate change. Back home, many lawmakers are also struggling with the politics and policy of health care. Until they all get back, spend your time with today's edition of Congress Links

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March 31, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Even with Congress out of town, lawmakers still manages to make a lot of noise - particularly about President Obama's offshore drilling plans. Anyway, here's today's afternoon digest of articles and blog posts from around the web:

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