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April 25, 2010

Eye on Congress

Just a quick roundup of what our putative representatives in the legislative branch are up to.

First, GOP Senator Lindsey Graham has withdrawn his support from the Democratic global warming bill. No, he didn't recant his unscientific alarmist stance, nor did he take a principled position that carbon taxes are bad for businesses and children and other living things. He just threw a tanty because Democrats are vowing to push the comprehensive immigration piece of shit first. Senate Democrats have cancelled the global warming bill rollout tomorrow.

Second, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News Sunday that he and 40 of his best pals will prevent the Democratic permanent bailout bill from reaching a floor vote on Monday. Senator Chris Dodd (how in the world is this fellow the guy Dems tapped to push bank reform?!?) says they don't have any GOP votes...yet.

Third, GOP Senator Saxby Chambliss, told CNN's "State of the Union" this morning that Dick Cheney's advice to Charlie Crist to either stick with the GOP or drop out of the race was "not helpful" to Republicans. "You jump on one side or the other in these races and that's probably what happened," he said. "It's certainly stepped up the rhetoric." I guess Chambliss was uncomfortable with Cheney pushing the Republican side of this race. Chambliss has fundraised for Crist in the past.

Fourth, Democrats will unveil this week a response to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, which upheld the right of individuals working in groups (aka "corporations") to make political speech. The Democratic bill, described here, is blatantly unconstitutional in its speech restrictions.


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