Friday, May 11, 2012

The D.C. Daily: May 11, 2012

Senate

Yesterday's Action:
During business yesterday, the Senate took the following actions:
  • Passed S. 418, to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol.
  • Passed H.R. 4967, the "Temporary Bankruptcy Judgeships Extension Act".
  • Passed S. Res. 456, commemorating and acknowledging the dedication and sacrifice made by the Federal, State, and local law enforcement officers who have been killed or injured in the line of duty.
  • Passed S. Res. 458, commemorating May 15, 2012, as the sesquicentennial of the founding of the Department of Agriculture.
  • Considered the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 2072, the "Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2012" and agreed that a vote on cloture will occur after the consideration of the Russell and Tharp nominations.
  • Agreed to begin consideration of the nominations of George Levi Russell III to be District Judge for the District of Maryland and John J. Tharp, Jr. to be District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois at 4:30 PM on Monday, May 14, 2012, with votes for confirmation beginning at approximately 5:30 PM.

Today's Schedule
The Senate will meet not meet today. The next scheduled meeting of the Senate will be at 9:30 AM on Monday, May 14, 2012.


House

Yesterday's Action:
During business yesterday, the House took the following actions:
  • Passed H.R. 5652, the "Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012".
  • Passed H.R. 5326, the "Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013".

House Committees took the following actions yesterday:
  • Armed Services: Completed markup of H.R. 4310, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013".
  • Energy and Commerce: Completed markup of H.R. 5651, the "Food and Drug Administration Reform Act of 2012".

Today's Schedule
The House will meet today at 11:00 AM in a pro forma session.


Executive Agencies

Today's Federal Register was not available at the time of publication.


Supreme Court

The court has concluded scheduled oral arguments for the October 2011 term. However, the court is still meeting to finalize decisions on cases it heard during the preceeding term. The court's next session of oral arguments is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 1, 2012.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Final Five: May 10, 2012



Tonight's Crazy Story:
Federal Inmate Keith Judd Receiving Sizable Percent of Vote in West Virginia Democratic Primary
Barack Obama was not the only candidate on the ballot in Tuesday's West Virginia primary. Opposing him was Keith Judd, also known as Inmate No. 11593-051 at Texarkana, Texas's correctional institution. Judd picked up a mere 41% of the vote against Obama.


Topic One: Truth and Tales on Voter Fraud
Michelle Malkin on separating truth and fiction on electoral fraud: "With six months until Election Day, conspiracy theories are percolating on the Internet like bubbling mud pots at Yellowstone: Left-wing billionaire George Soros is going to rig the election for Barack Obama. Foreigners will oversee the nation's entire vote-counting system. The fix is in, and all is lost."

"Before conservatives go all Michael Moore-moonbatty, let's calm down and separate voter fraud facts from fiction. There's no time to waste worrying about manufactured scares. And there are plenty of legitimate threats to electoral integrity without having to inflate or concoct them."


Time for a Laugh:
"Nestle is releasing new Crunch bars in Girl Scout cookie flavors like Thin Mint and Peanut Butter. And to make it even more authentic, Nestle’s CEO is having his parents pressure their coworkers into buying them."
-Jimmy Fallon


Topic Two: Graduation Season
May is here, and that means people across the nation will put on colored robes and march across a platform to receive the most expensive piece of paper they will ever purchase. Meanwhile, Congress is arguing over the terms of a renewal of legislation that will keep the interest rates on loans for those pieces of paper cut in half. Even the New York Times said today that the interest rate debate means very little for students: "But the partisan posturing is a distraction from far more pressing issues that face students and parents who must borrow to cover their college costs. What’s lost is how Congress, in numerous ways, has been hurting the most vulnerable college students and dithering on the crisis of college affordability. The Stafford debate is more rhetoric than substance. If the rate on the subsidized Stafford loan program does double, as scheduled, to 6.8 percent this summer, very little will happen. In fact, students who borrow through this program will ultimately end up paying only about $6 a month extra for one year of loans. And the rate increase won’t affect previous loans, only new loans borrowed for the 2012-13 school year."

Much more pressing than either the student loan interest rate or the affordability of a college education is the lack of work available to graduates: "Of all those who have graduated college since 2006, only 51 percent have a full-time job, according to a Rutgers University study released Thursday. Eleven percent are unemployed or not working at all. The situation is even more dire for those who have graduated since 2009. Fewer than half of college graduates from those years found their first job within 12 months of graduating, much less than the 73 percent of those who graduated from 2006 to 2008. Those who graduated since 2009 are three times more likely to not have found a full-time job than those from the classes of 2006 through 2008."


Debt Watch:
$15,674,047,733,490.96
( As of Wednesday, May 9, 2012 )

Change: -$11,679,252,225
Your share as a citizen: $50,126.78
Share per household: $137,207.61
Debt since Obama inauguration: $5,047,170,684,578


Topic Three: Romney's High School Years
Run for office as a Democrat, and the media will help you cover up your entire past, including your association with violent radicals, your alleged drug use, and even your birth certificate and college transcripts. Run for office as a Republican, and the media will unearth events that you may have even forgotten. Today, we learned that Mitt Romney was an immature prankster in High School, something that probably applies to a large majority of High School graduates. As Ed Morrissey wrote at HotAir: "That is a pretty cruel prank. It’s one reason not to vote for a teenager for President. It’s not a story that will cover Romney in glory, but this took place almost half a century ago."

I am very disappointed in the liberal media. Is this seriously the best you can do at destroying Romney? Maybe he was not such a bad choice after all.


Tweet of the Day:
Kathleen McKinley (@KatMcKinley): W/ Bush we were divided over war. That's expected. But w/ Obama we are divided by our very beliefs & race. It's the saddest thing to see.


Topic Four: National Security "Change"
Obama is living up to his 2008 campaign slogan when it comes to national security: "In 2008, President Obama campaigned with the slogan "change we can believe in." When it comes to national security, change is exactly what he has been creating ever since he took office. None of those changes are for the better. The president has finally realized that his economic policies have utterly failed. He cannot successfully campaign on gas prices, unemployment, or the national debt. The only ammunition he has left in his campaign arsenal comes from national security. Yet national security has become a politicized flip-flop extravaganza as well."


Food for Thought - A Quote from our Founders
"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government."

-Patrick Henry


Topic Five: Governor Walker and the Economy
What are the economic stakes riding on the Wisconsin recall? "A Gov. Walker win could help other states push back against the trends highlighted by the World Economic Forum report. The alternative to reigning in spending and improving state worker productivity is essentially like saying "It is a better plan to raise business taxes and kill private sector jobs and to keep state worker costs and productivity where they are, even if that wastes $400 billion a year, give or take." And that attitude would just put Wisconsin back in the mess Gov. Walker has been working to get the state out of. ... Gov. Walker's recall election is just the first fork in the road America faces in a path of restraint and fiscal responsibility or a path of larger state governments, higher taxes, more wasted resources, and less private sector growth. I, for one, will be up late on June 5th watching those election results."


Tomorrow in History
May 10, 1924 - Gottleib Daimler and Karl Benz merge their car companies, forming Mercedes-Benz.


Grab Bag - Interesting and Important Stories to Conclude Your Evening:
The Soros ties on Obama's energy council

USPS reverses course; will not close rural post offices

Obama's poor first week of campaigning

Guess which President requested the largest "ex-President fund" budget

Latest underwear bomb plot was foiled by double agent, not TSA

Warren and heritage lies

Olympic flame lit in Greece

6-year-old pulls off baseball's rarest feat



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The D.C. Daily: May 10, 2012

Senate

Yesterday's Action:
During business yesterday, the Senate took the following actions:
  • Passed S. 2224, to require the President to report to Congress on issues related to Syria.
  • Agreed to H. Con. Res. 105, authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for an event to celebrate the birthday of King Kamehameha.
  • Agreed to H. Con. Res. 106, authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby.
  • Agreed to H. Con. Res. 117, authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service.
  • Agreed to H. Con. Res. 118, authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the District of Columbia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.
  • Agreed to S. Res. 450, designating May 15, 2012, as "National MPS Awareness Day".
  • Agreed to S. Res. 451, recognizing the goals of National Travel and Tourism Week.
  • Agreed to S. Res. 452, designating July 13, 2012, as "Collector Car Appreciation Day".
  • Considered the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 2343, the "Stop the Student Loan Interest Rate Hike Act". No further action was taken.

Today's Schedule
The Senate will meet today at 9:30 AM. The measures to be considered were not released to the Congressional Record.


House

Yesterday's Action:
During business yesterday, the House took the following actions:
  • Passed H.R. 2072, the "Securing American Jobs Through Exports Act" with 330 yeas to 93 nays.
  • Passed H.R. 4133, the "United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012" with 411 yeas to 2 nays.
  • Passed H.R. 4967, the "Temporary Bankruptcy Judgeships Extension Act of 2012".
  • Considered H.R. 5326, the "Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013" and agreed to resume consideration tomorrow.

House Committees took the following actions yesterday:
  • Armed Services: Began markup of H.R. 4310, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013".
  • Energy and Commerce: Began markup of H.R. 5651, the "Food and Drug Administration Reform Act of 2012".
  • Homeland Security: Ordered reported H.R. 3857, the "Public Transit Security and Local Law Enforcement Support Act".
  • Homeland Security: Ordered reported H.R. 4005, the "Gauging American Port Security Act".
  • Homeland Security: Ordered reported H.R. 3173, to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to reform the process for the enrollment, activation, issuance, and renewal of a Transportation Worker Identification Credential.
  • Homeland Security: Ordered reported H.R. 2356, the "WMD Prevention and Preparedness Act of 2011".

Today's Schedule
The House will meet today at 9:00 AM. The House is expected to complete consideration of H.R. 5326, the "Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013" and then consider HR. 5652, the "Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012". In committee meetings, markup will be held on H.R. 5651, the "Food and Drug Administration Reform Act of 2012" (Energy and Commerce).


Executive Agencies

Six proposed rules were published in today's Federal Register:

Two Presidential Documents were also published:


Supreme Court

The court has concluded scheduled oral arguments for the October 2011 term. However, the court is still meeting to finalize decisions on cases it heard during the preceeding term. The court's next session of oral arguments is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 1, 2012.

Monday, May 7, 2012

D.C. Daily: May 7, 2012

Welcome to the new and improved D.C. Daily, which now will cover Congress, the Executive Agencies, and the Supreme Court.

Senate

The Senate did not meet last week in accordance with the provisions of S. Con. Res. 43.

The Senate will reconvene at 2:00 PM today to consider the following:
  • Motion to proceed to consideration of S. 2343, "Stop the Student Loan Interest Rate Hike Act of 2012".
  • Nomination of Jacqueline H. Nguyen to be Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Nomination of Kristine Gerhard Baker to be District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas
  • Nomination of John Z. Lee to be District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.


House

The House did not meet last week in accordance with the provisions of S. Con. Res. 43.

The House will reconvene at 2:00 PM today. The schedule was not available from the Majority Leader's website or the Congressional Record at the time of publication.


Executive Agencies

Four proposed rules were published in today's Federal Register:


Supreme Court

The court has concluded scheduled oral arguments for the October 2011 term. However, the court is still meeting to finalize decisions on cases it heard during the preceeding term. The court's next session of oral arguments is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 1, 2012.