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donnyshaw 04/24/2010 6:57pm

I think there is a strong argument to be made there. When you consider that the top four banks right now hold assets worth over 50% of the GDP, it’s hard to imagine the feds letting them fail, even with the fund and the orderly resolution process. Their political and economic influence is just so huge. There is a bipartisan movement to reduce the size of the biggest banks for this reason.

donnyshaw 04/15/2010 10:38am

It’s not, though Baucus mentioned on the floor that for each dollar spent on unemployment benefits, gross domestic product is increased by 1.90. It’s the best fiscal stimulus there is.

donnyshaw 04/14/2010 10:37am

No. This is not a fifth tier. It is an extension of the deadline for people exhausting tiers 1-3 and looking to apply for subsequent tiers.

There currently is not a bill in Congress to create a Tier V, although there are rumors floating around that the Democrats will introduce one. We’ll be following it on this blog.

donnyshaw 04/01/2010 6:49am
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donnyshaw 03/21/2010 8:11pm

OK, I wrote, “Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Social Security Act into law 45 years ago.” I meant “Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Social Security Act of 1964 into law 45 years ago.”

The Social Security Act of 1965, which was signed into law by LBJ, created Medicare. I’ll add the “of 1965” to the post at your recommendation. It’s an understandable error — no need to be so rude.

donnyshaw 03/18/2010 10:13am

Yup. It’s posted here:

donnyshaw 03/16/2010 11:36am

No. But this is the first place it will show up:

There or the Banking Committee website.

donnyshaw 03/15/2010 8:03am

That bill is just a shell. The text will be replaced with the reconciliation bill Democrats are negotiating.

donnyshaw 03/12/2010 5:41am

Well, unlike budget reconciliation, which is generally used for big reform items, like the health care bill, the legislation passed with the self-executing rule so far has been smaller in scope.

donnyshaw 03/04/2010 8:23am

It’s included in the budget resolution here:

…as far as I can tell, the directive is in full accordance with the law:——000-.html

Do you mean that what you know about the amendments bill doesn’t seem to satisfy the reconciliation directive that’s in the budget resolution? If that is the case, the Parliamentarian will rule it ineligible. But I don’t think the Budget Committees will draft a reconciliation bill that doesn’t qualify under the rules.

donnyshaw 02/25/2010 6:43am

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donnyshaw 02/19/2010 9:57am

Thanks. Corrected the bill name in the post to Student Non-Discrimination Act of 2010.

donnyshaw 02/18/2010 2:37pm

For what it’s worth, here’s the free abstract from the Herald:

donnyshaw 02/18/2010 2:24pm

I wanted to link directly to the Boston Herald articles that Media Matters quoted from, but they aren’t available outside of pay-for-access databases. Other references to the same articles can be found through searching Google.

donnyshaw 01/26/2010 7:18pm

Yeah, I can’t find any other critical analyses of the bill either. I’m not surprised Paul supporters like DeMint generally. DeMint is definitely a libertarian-leaning Republican. But on this issue, I think they part ways.

Read the bills… The Sanders bill strikes the section of U.S. Code that protects the Fed from meaningful audits. The DeMint bill keeps those restrictions in place.

donnyshaw 01/26/2010 6:59am

Hi all, just thought I’d pass this along…

“Senate Jobs Bill Does Not Include Unemployment Benefits Extension”

donnyshaw 01/21/2010 9:38am

It’s extremely difficult to change. There are legislative fixes in the works from Dems (and possibly Snowe, McCain…), but as long as the Supreme Court remains the same, they risk being overturned.

A lot of campaign finance reform folks are supporting the Fair Elections Now Act, which might avoid constitutional challenges because it adds so-called “speech” rather than subtracting it:

donnyshaw 01/13/2010 12:53pm

Sunlight Labs has a similar, though somewhat less robust, app for Android:

donnyshaw 01/04/2010 3:03am

The stats you cite for those bills are for user comments, not blog posts. The comments are produced by OpenCongress users while blog posts come from different websites and are brought to OpenCongress by our code. You can compare user comments here:

donnyshaw 12/22/2009 7:17am

Here’s some info on undocumented immigrants serving in the military:

And here’s the provision in the bill requiring undocumented immigrants to show that they have contributed to the U.S. in some way, including military service:

donnyshaw 12/22/2009 6:45am

Of those three bills, only H.R. 3400 is a Republican bill. The others are major Democratic health care proposals, the latter being the one they finally ended up passing.

donnyshaw 12/16/2009 5:22am

Hey spender, I accidentally linked to the roll call data for the alternative Lautenberg amendment in the original post. I have corrected the links now and you can see that Dorgan voted in favor of his amendment. Sorry for the mix up!

donnyshaw 12/02/2009 7:34am

I guess it depends how we define “public option.” I don’t consider Sen. Carper’s triggered co-op plan a form of the public option, and that seems to be the direction things are heading.

donnyshaw 11/22/2009 8:24am

See this piece from the Washington Independent, “Dem’ Health Bills Would Adopt New Mammogram Guidelines”:

donnyshaw 11/19/2009 8:08pm

Big decision here to require Members of Congress to buy insurance on the Exchange just like the rest of us. This provision was included in the Finance Committee version but not in the HELP COmmittee version.

donnyshaw 11/12/2009 12:11pm

Yeah, the $2 billion in start up money would be from federal (taxpayer-supported) funds. But it would be fully paid back to the Treasury over a 10 year period.

donnyshaw 11/05/2009 5:55pm

Hey rcmyer, I am actually linking to the same exact version that Boehner links to to make his case on the Amplify page ( The manager’s amendment you refer to as the current version does not make any changes to these provisions.

donnyshaw 11/05/2009 7:27am

Hey PeaceVet, They’re actually extracting parts of the text and linking back to it within the overall bill. So you can follow the links and read the parts of the text in the context of the bill.

donnyshaw 11/04/2009 5:39am

Rep. John Carter writes that this section would eliminate caps Texas has on medical lawsuits ( Seems to me Texas and other states with caps would just be ineligible for the payments unless they voluntarily changed their law re: the caps. Whether or not it has the effect of “eliminating” the caps seems to be dependent on how much the payments will be for. Anyone know?

donnyshaw 11/02/2009 11:57am

Posted on today’s cloture vote at the url below w/ more info on the next steps:

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donnyshaw’s Supported Bills

Bill Status Last Action
S.1285 Fair Elections Now Act (110th congress) Introduced Jun 20, 2007
S.223 Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act (110th congress) Introduced Apr 26, 2007
H.R.4936 Antifreeze Bittering Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced Jan 16, 2008
H.R.4544 Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2007 (110th congress) Bill Is Law Oct 15, 2008
S.2690 American Braille Flag Memorial Act (110th congress) Introduced Mar 04, 2008
S.2746 OPEN FOIA Act of 2008 (110th congress) Introduced Mar 12, 2008
H.R.3548 Plain Language in Government Communications Act of 2007 (110th congress) House Passed Aug 01, 2008
H.R.5734 Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2008 (110th congress) Introduced Apr 09, 2008
H.R.6104 Enhancing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Act of 2008 (110th congress) Introduced Jun 03, 2008
H.Res.63 Amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to ensure that Members have a reasonable amount of time to read legislation that will be voted upon. (110th congress) Introduced Jan 12, 2007
H.R.6209 Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act (110th congress) Introduced Jun 09, 2008
H.Res.504 Amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to require that legislation and conference reports be available on the Internet for 72 hours before consideration by the House, and for other purposes. (110th congress) Introduced Jun 20, 2007
H.R.6052 Saving Energy Through Public Transportation Act of 2008 (110th congress) House Passed Jun 27, 2008
H.R.3981 Preserve America and Save America's Treasures Act (110th congress) House Passed Jul 09, 2008
H.R.5811 Electronic Communications Preservation Act (110th congress) House Passed Jul 10, 2008
H.R.1254 Presidential Library Donation Reform Act of 2007 (110th congress) House Passed Oct 22, 2007
S.1382 ALS Registry Act (110th congress) Bill Is Law Oct 08, 2008
H.R.4038 For the relief of Adrian Rodriguez. (110th congress) Introduced Oct 31, 2007
H.R.14 Congressional Integrity and Pension Forfeiture Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced Jul 31, 2007
S.3077 Strengthening Transparency and Accountability in Federal Spending Act of 2008 (110th congress) Introduced Jun 03, 2008

donnyshaw’s Opposed Bills

Bill Status Last Action
S.2596 Semper Fi Act (110th congress) Introduced Feb 11, 2008
S.3401 Enemy Combatant Detention Review Act of 2008 (110th congress) Introduced Jul 31, 2008
S.3325 The Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008 (110th congress) Bill Is Law Oct 13, 2008
H.R.6975 Jihad Prevention Act (110th congress) Introduced Sep 18, 2008
H.R.1424 Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (110th congress) Bill Is Law Oct 03, 2008
H.R.5191 To prohibit the use of Federal funds to carry out the highway project known as the "Trans-Texas Corridor". (110th congress) Introduced Jan 30, 2008
S.256 Bankruptcy Reform bill (109th congress) Bill Is Law Apr 20, 2005
S.3688 Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008 (110th congress) Introduced Nov 18, 2008
S.3207 Respecting States Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2008 (110th congress) Introduced Jun 26, 2008
H.Res.1258 Impeaching George W. Bush, President of the United States, of high crimes and misdemeanors. (110th congress) Introduced Jun 11, 2008
S.1959 Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced Aug 02, 2007
H.R.1955 Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 (110th congress) House Passed Oct 24, 2007
S.3111 Life at Conception Act (110th congress) Introduced Jun 11, 2008
S.2191 America's Climate Security Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced May 20, 2008
H.R.7303 Consumer and Automotive Recovery Act of 2008 (110th congress) Introduced Nov 20, 2008
H.R.4157 Sanctity of Human Life Act (110th congress) Introduced Feb 25, 2008
H.R.25 Fair Tax Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced Jan 04, 2007
H.R.3442 Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced Aug 03, 2007
H.Res.5 Adopting rules for the One Hundred Eleventh Congress. (111th congress) House Passed Jan 06, 2009
H.J.Res.15 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to authorize the line item veto. (111th congress) Introduced Feb 09, 2009