The gun-rights lobby is about to score a big victory in Congress. Tomorrow, for the first time ever, a congressional committee will take up the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, a bill that has been a major priority for the National Rifle Association for more than a decade. The bill would require all states that allow some form of concealed carry to honor the concealed-carry licenses of other states. It is scheduled for a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee at 10 am. The hearing will pave the way for the bill to receive a committee mark-up and consideration before the full House later this session.Read Full Article
Jamie Dupree has a great catch from a press conference held earlier today by Sen. John Thune [R, SD] and Sen. John Cornyn [R, TX] to bash the omnibus spending bill. Together, Thune and Cornyn have sponsored 71 earmarks worth several hundred million dollars in the omnibus, yet they're trying to play both sides of the coin -- requesting earmarks and then prominently announcing they will vote against the bill that contains them, even though they know it's likely to pass.
Reporters at the press conference didn't miss the irony here, and they drilled the senators on it pretty heavy. Read the painfully awkward transcript below:Read Full Article
Earlier this morning I passed along word of what appeared to be an emerging deal to take a little bit of unemployment insurance money out of the tax extenders bill in order to solidify the Democrats' center-right flank and and pass it by the end of the week. But as the day progresses, that report looks more and more premature. This PM update from CongressDaily, which I'll extract a good chunk of because it's behind a paywall and because I know a lot of folk are watching this closely, illustrates the morass of competing concerns the Senate is still slogging through:Read Full Article
The Senate yesterday gave the TARP a check-up. More than a year after its creation, they took a vote on an amendment from Sen. John Thune [R, SD] to prohibit the Treasury Department from giving out any more TARP money and require all funds that are paid back by the banks to be used for lowering the national debt. Click through to see how they voted.Read Full Article
Like Sen. John Thune [R, SD] pictured at right with his luggage outside at the Capitol, I had to get on a plane and leave for Christmas right after the Senate passed the health care bill on Thursday morning. But some other bloggers kept blogging. Here's a quick roundup of a few good follow up posts on health care from the past few days:Read Full Article