9-11 Health Bill the Only Worker Safety Measure Passed in Lame Duck Session

By: Monday December 27, 2010 11:08 am

Everyone’s patting either themselves or Jon Stewart on the back for the passage of a 9-11 health care and victim’s compensation fund late in the lame duck session. And looking at the particulars, the bill is worth supporting. Despite a few scattered claims about the distributive justice aspects of the bill, it basically says that [...]

9-11 Health Care Bill Passes Senate at Reduced Cost

By: Wednesday December 22, 2010 11:31 am

So after both sides dug in, the pressure was apparently too much to hold back the 9-11 health care first responders bill, which will sail through the Congress today, the last day of the lame duck session. Joe Biden is in the chair right now to move along the bill. It is passing the Senate [...]

9-11 Bill Imperiled By Coburn Stalling Tactics

By: Wednesday December 22, 2010 9:45 am

Chuck Schumer ran his mouth on Morning Joe and gave the impression that the 9-11 health care bill was a done deal. It’s not. There’s no specific timetable for a vote; Schumer said there would be one at noon and we’re well past that, with no sign of calling the question. In fact, Tom Coburn [...]

Last Chance for 9-11 Health Bill

By: Wednesday December 22, 2010 6:29 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. [...]

New START Treaty Clears Cloture with 67 Votes, Passage Nearly Assured

By: Tuesday December 21, 2010 12:53 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. Republican Senators have been announcing their support for the treaty all day, including Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker, Johnny [...]

Clock Running Out on 9-11 Health Care Bill

By: Tuesday December 21, 2010 7:35 am

The Senate is voting right now on the continuing resolution to fund the government to March 4. It’s expected to sail through, with no more than a handful of votes in opposition (UPDATE: passed 82-14). But instead of a straight up-or-down vote on the CR, it’s a cloture vote, and any one Senator could force [...]

9-11 Health Care Bill’s Faint Pulse Comes from Preserving Corporate Tax Loophole

By: Monday December 20, 2010 8:09 am

Jon Stewart’s relentless coverage of the 9-11 health care bill seemed a little discordant, given the fact that on the same show where he excoriated the Senate for whining about working Christmas week to pass it, he was about to go on vacation for two weeks. But he did spurn a lot of other journalists [...]

Senate Passes Food Safety Bill Again; Sets Final Vote for New START

By: Sunday December 19, 2010 6:14 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. The food safety bill was left for dead after the Senate, which passed the bill earlier in the lame duck, mistakenly did not [...]

Reid Commits to Vote on Several Matters, Unclear on Timing

By: Thursday December 16, 2010 2:03 pm

That’s Harry Reid, talking 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 [...]

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