Fatster’s News Roundup from July 1, 2012

By: Monday July 2, 2012 6:15 am

Fatster compiles headlines and links from the stories you might have missived over the weekend, including articles on rendition, drone strikes, Burma, Barclays Bank thieves, House GOP underfunding, dumb ALEC, Rick Scott’s voter purge, private prisons, flood insurance, Jack Lew, Eric Holder ConED strike, phony pregnancy centers, reproductive rights, and much more.

 

Congress Passes Student Loan/Transportation Package

By: Friday June 29, 2012 2:22 pm

Congress has quickly passed a series of bills, consolidated into one package, that freezes federal student loan interest rates at 3.4% for one year, and extends surface transportation funding for two years. The package also reauthorizes the federal flood insurance program for five years. Congress was clearly eager to get out of town for the Fourth of July recess, because they passed this giant package, in both chambers, in one day.

Environmentalists Don’t Like Concessions in Transportation Bill

By: Friday June 29, 2012 10:23 am

Lost in the shuffle yesterday amid the health care ruling and the contempt citation for Eric Holder was the deal reached on a minibus package for freezing student loan interest rates, extending surface transportation funding for two years, and reauthorizing for five years the flood insurance program. That package will get House and Senate votes by this afternoon, just beating key deadlines on all three measures, and allowing Congress to go home for the July 4th recess.

In Bipartisan Deal, Congress to Package Student Loan, Transportation, Flood Insurance Bills

By: Thursday June 28, 2012 6:25 am

As we await the Supreme Court ruling on health care, two of the other major stories of the week have reached a conclusion. Congress has reached agreement on a compromise package that will avert three separate deadlines and deliver some of the more robust lawmaking of the entire year to date.

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