The pressure was apparently too much to hold back the 9-11 health care first responders bill. A reduced version passed the Senate by unanimous consent.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday December 22, 2010 2:05 pm|
|By: David Dayen Wednesday December 22, 2010 7:30 am|
After new START gets ratification today, we’re going to apparently get the first test vote on the 9-11 health care bill. With Tom Coburn committed to blocking or at least delaying the bill, there’s no chance of unanimous consent, but the leadership of both parties is working out some kind of agreement to consider it. The House is prepared to pass the measure as well, but they’re waiting to see what the Senate will do.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday December 21, 2010 1:35 pm|
In a cloture vote, the Senate today voted by a 67-28 margin to cut off debate on the new START nuclear arms reduction treaty, displaying enough bipartisan support to ratify the treaty with a 2/3 majority tomorrow.
With new START and the continuing resolution out of the way, the only other big item left that the Senate would like to pass is the 9-11 health care bill. It appears that Tom Coburn will drag out passage of that bill, potentially killing it in the lame duck.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday December 21, 2010 8:30 am|
Senate Democrats want to pass the 9-11 health care bill. But the biggest enemy is not Republican votes, but the clock. Both Tom Coburn and Mike Enzi have signaled that they will force the maximum amount of time to block the bill. It’s fairly disgusting that time cannot be made during the holidays to care for rescue workers sickened through no fault of their own.
|By: David Dayen Sunday December 19, 2010 7:00 pm|
The Senate continued a mad rush in their fairly productive lame duck session today, passing a food safety bill and filing cloture to end debate on ratification of the new START treaty.
|By: David Dayen Thursday December 16, 2010 2:45 pm|
Harry Reid spoke about votes expected in the remainder of the lame duck session. He cited START, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the DREAM Act, the 9-11 health care bill and possibly votes on judicial nominations if an agreement wasn’t reached to move them in a block. As for when, he simply committed to votes on those issues “before this Congress ends,” not before Christmas.