Weak Renewable Energy Standard Getting Bipartisan Support

By: Thursday September 23, 2010 9:15 am

If you want to know what successful legislation will look like in an era of divided government, look no further than the bill taking shape from Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Sam Brownback. It offers a renewable energy standard mandating that utility companies derive 15% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2021. For contrast, California’s [...]

Reid: Energy Bill Pushed to Lame-Duck Session

By: Tuesday August 31, 2010 11:23 am

A narrow energy bill which Harry Reid scaled back from earlier, more grandiose ambitions is likely to be pushed back until after the midterm elections, said the Senate Majority Leader on a conference call today. However, he did offer renewed hope, for the first time in a while, that the bill could include a renewable [...]

Not All Renewable Energy Standards Are Created Equal

By: Tuesday July 27, 2010 7:31 am

The scaled-back energy bill that Harry Reid will release today includes a few decent pieces. It will have an oil spill response package similar to the House bill that gets a Rules Committee vote today. That bill also has a change that would fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which previously authorized funding [...]

What Was Scott Brown Given For His Vote On FinReg?

By: Thursday May 20, 2010 1:30 pm

Ezra Klein has an excellent post challenging the conventional take that invoking cloture on Wall Street reform is an unalterably good thing. In particular, he takes a look at Scott Brown, who was the only member of the Senate to switch his vote on cloture from no to yes today: Brown’s objection was that he [...]

Merkley Offers Second-Degree Amendment To Force Vote On Merkley-Levin

By: Wednesday May 19, 2010 9:12 am

Here’s the showdown. Jeff Merkley just offered a second-degree amendment to force a vote of the Merkley-Levin bill to the floor. More in a moment… …The story so far, Merkley and Levin were blocked last night from offering their amendment. Byron Dorgan used this trick of a second-degree amendment last night to force a vote [...]

Amendments Update, Wall Street Reform

By: Monday May 17, 2010 10:31 am

Votes are scheduled to begin on amendments to the Wall Street reform bill tonight at 5:30 pm ET. We don’t know precisely which amendments are pending, but we do know that the McCain-Cantwell amendment to restore Glass-Steagall protections was mentioned on Thursday night as being on the list. However, those lists haven’t been totally accurate. [...]

Consumer Financial Protection Faces Hurdles

By: Friday May 14, 2010 12:13 pm

If you were to ask me where Wall Street reform stands right now, I’d give it an incomplete. Well, actually I’d give it a C. There are some decent measures in the Senate bill, even a couple transformative ones, but overall some gaps in the regulatory structure remain, and the same financial oligarchs will have [...]

Used Car Salesmen Tap Brownback to Protect Their Dealmaking in FinReg

By: Wednesday May 12, 2010 9:59 am

In the House Financial Services Committee, Republicans and some conservative Democrats managed to carve out an exemption for auto dealers from oversight by the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, over opposition from the White House and the Democratic leadership. Now the same interests are working with Sam Brownback in the Senate, who is offering an amendment [...]

FDA Letter Warns Of Safety Concerns With Re-Importation Of Prescription Drugs

By: Wednesday December 9, 2009 8:25 am

The FDA has sent a letter to a Republican Senator about the Dorgan prescription drug amendment, claiming that the reimportation of drugs into this country from Canada and other developed nations would be “difficult to implement” and “resource-intensive,” and would involve “significant safety concerns.” In a letter to Republican Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, FDA [...]

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