Congress LinksMay 6, 2009 - by Donny Shaw
- Senate Democrats voted unanimously last night to take away Specter’s committee seniority for the remainder of the 111th Congress.
- Since the vote against him, Specter’s been keeping a low profile.
- Interesting interview today with Majority Leader Reid on Arlen Specter. “Arlen will be a good vote…. On procedural votes he will be with us all the time.”
- The Judiciary Committee’s new ranking member, Sen. Jefferson Sessions [R, AL], says he would consider supporting a gay nominee for the Supreme Court.
- Barney Frank looks to undo a Bachmann amendment to the predatory lending bill that he accepted during the committee mark-up; says he read it to hastily the first time around.
- via Boing Boing, video of a pro-single-payer protest at yesterday’s Senate healthcare reform hearing.
- CQ: Pelosi won’t back Rep. Obey’s call for timeline in the war supplemental.
- Wired’s Threat Level blog on the Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act: Prison Awaits Hostile Bloggers.
- As the House takes up the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act, CPI releases a new study, Who’s Behind the Financial Meltdown: The Subprime 25 and Their Wall Street Backers.
- Senate approves their foreclosure prevention bill 91-5. The Senate version will now have to be reconciled with the House version before being signed into law by President Obama.
- The five senators who voted against the foreclosure prevention bill.
- The House follows the Senate in approving the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act. Among other things, it will set up a modern-day Pecora commission to investigate Wall Street and what brought us to this economic crisis.
- via TaxProf Blog, a thorough list of law school commencement speakers.
- Rep. Barney Frank [D, MA-4] introduces, again, legislation to undo the ban on internet gambling. We’ll update when we have the legislation on OpenCongress.
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