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Bills Left Behind (House Remix)

September 13, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

There’s been a lot of attention paid to the 372 bills that have been passed by the House this session, but are dying in the Senate because of record filibustering and divisiveness. But did you know that the House is sitting on their own stack of unfinished legislation? According to an original research from OpenCongress research assistant Hilary Worden, the Senate has passed 44 bills that are still awaiting follow-up action from the House.

All but two of these bills were passed by unanimous consent in the Senate, which suggests that the House could take care of most of them quickly (likely under suspensino of the rules) if they decided they wanted to. Furthermore, seven of them have corresponding House versions that have actually been passed and are awaiting reconciliaton from a conference committee or further action from one chamber. (Note: the D.C. voting rights bill has stalled in the House because of a controversial gun amendment that was added to it when it was debated in the Senate.)

Take a look at the 44 bills on our wiki. Nothing in the list is explicitly related to the big media-friendly issues, but they are serious proposals that would have big effects on segments of the population. They deal with things like simplifying the international adoption process (S.1376), banning prisoners from using cell phones (S.251), reducing delays in Freedom of Information requests (S.3111), and making telecommunications technologies accessible for the blind and deaf (S.3304). This stuff may not be on par with the economic issues Congress is trying to take on right now, but given that it could be finished in a matter of hours, some of it is probably worthy of attention from the House before this session of Congress ends and the legislative slate is completely reset.

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  • beenblue 09/13/2010 6:12pm
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    WELL DONNY YOU NAILED IT WITH A TACK HAMMER " MEDIA-FRIENDLY." I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT ONE DAY THE MASSES WAKE UP, AND REALIZE WERE ON THE EDGE OF AN ORWELLIAN SOCIETY, AND THE PUBLIC OF THE REPUBLIC ARE NOTHING MORE THAN THE PAWNS IN THE CONGLOMERATES GAME OF GLOBAL DOMINATION, AND THEY OWN WASHINGTON, AND THE MEDIA THAT REPORTS ON IT, OR SHOULD I SAY SPINS THEIR REPORTING ON IT. I JUST WATCHED THE MOVIE NETWORK FROM 1974, IT WAS AS CHILLING AS ORWELL`S BOOK 1984. OUR EMOTIONS, AND FEARS HAVE BEEN PLAYED LIKE AN INSTRUMENT IN A MASTERS HANDS, LEADING US INTO A NEW WORLD ORDER, AND THE INSANITY BEING PLAYED OUT ON THE STAGE IN WASHINGTON IS NOT WORTHY OF A SERIOUS REVIEW, OTHER THAN TO SAY IT`S TIME FOR A NEW CAST OF ACTORS. AND WHEN WE WAKE UP FROM THIS FEAR BASED GOVERNING, WERE GOING TO REALIZE HOW OBVIOUS THE LIES WERE SUCH AS JOHN BOEHNER, WHO SAYS HIS NAME LIKE IT`S SPELLED BAENER OR BAYNER INSTEAD OF BONER LIKE IT`S SPELLED, GOD I MISS GEORGE CARLIN.

  • Abaratarrr 09/13/2010 6:44pm

    3706 the unemployment extension (Americans want to work act)is also not going to be voted on this year.

    Harry Reid the the Democrat Majority leader is blocking the unemployment extension, Harry Reid is not allowing the senate to vote on the unemployment extension. If you are hungry and your kids are wearing rags it is because Harry Reid refuses to allow for a vote on 3706.

    Please call and write Reid every chance you get.

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    UnemployedAndLooking 09/13/2010 10:47pm

    Post this type of information on any section of this Senators Local newspaper that takes comments . I think it is the Vegas Sun or Vegas Review journal .

  • UnemployedAndLooking 09/13/2010 11:02pm

    My unemployment office in the heart of California is packed everyday so you tell me if things are getting better because I don’t see it if anything things are getting worse and worse of all people exhausting benefits which was money that was being spent and not saved has run out.

  • UnemployedAndLooking 09/13/2010 11:22pm

    LOL

    http://www.lvrj.com/news/poll—reid—angle-still-neck-and-neck-102720359.html

  • DeborahJBrown 09/14/2010 4:46am

    Seriously – if the House had passed these 44 bills onto the Senate it’s fairly obvious that the Senate would would have 416 bills sitting instead of 372. Their track record says they’d either be sitting on them or filibustering them. In light of this knowledge can you really blame the House for not rushing to simply stall more bills in the Senate? Throughout this year Congress has cited as their number one reason for their unfinished work is that they run out of time before each of their many long breaks. Since Congress can’t get most of it’s work done maybe it’s time to reduce the number of breaks, shorten the length of the breaks and pass a bill that requires them to remain in session to minimally complete the tasks they’ve started before going on a break. Congress isn’t very effective when it doesn’t have enough time to get it’s work done.

  • jelee 09/14/2010 5:56am

    “Filibustering and Divisiveness’ Would it be fair to say that it will continue
    if by some sorry chance the republicans win out the House or Senate or even both come November ? "God help the American people !

  • beenblue 09/14/2010 8:45pm

    The system is corrupt, and reminiscent to Rome when Caligula made his horse a senator, I knew the American Empire had to fall one day, as it had to go the way of all empires in history, but I never thought it would happen in my lifetime. There is no going back, we are plugged into the global market, and setting up a permanent footprint in the middle east under the assumption of chasing fabricated ghosts called terrorist. History will bear witness that the people of the middle east can hold a blood feud for centuries, it`s the old eye for an eye system, but it`s really a bate and switch on the American people, the enemy is not out there in the desert hiding in caves, the enemy`s of America work in Washington. I can not emphasize this enough, that any representative that does not take immediate action in the recovery of this nation should not be a representative of it`s people ! I am not an advocate for some extreme, I just want the person who speaks for me, not to be my oppressor.

  • BenjaWiz 09/15/2010 7:43am

    Why is it so hard for both houses of Congress to pass a bill for the 99er’s I’m sure you’ve all heard about these folks being unemployed for along time and their lively hoods being destroyed simply because they still have no job and they keep searching. These people are 40’s and up and they need help to, their not lazy at all but it’s a fact most places don’t want to hire these people based on age they want younger people.

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