What’s going on in Washington? Votes on defense, energy, and taxes are on the way. Sen. Jim DeMint’s office sends a helpful update by conservative for conservatives:
Week of Sept. 15-19
* Cloture vote on Defense Authorization bill on Tuesday
* Energy/CR/Tax Extenders still up in the air
* American Energy Freedom Day rally this Wednesday
On the Floor
Last Friday Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed cloture on the Defense Authorization bill (S. 3001) and vote on cloture is expected Tuesday afternoon. Democrats have agreed to allow a vote on Sen. DeMint’s amendment to strike a section of the bill incorporating all of the committee report earmarks by reference. It also appears they will allow a vote on Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-Texas) amendment regarding military voting and a resolution offered by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) noting the success of the troop surge in Iraq.
On the Radar
After working on the Defense bill Senate leadership has signaled it will likely move to tackle energy legislation first (three main proposals will be considered: the Democrat plan, a GOP plan, and the Gang of 10 plan) and then move on to tax extenders, which will include an AMT fix. However, Reid’s “to-do” list to be completed before Congress adjourns in two weeks includes energy, tax extenders, and a continuing resolution (CR) — all of which could ultimately be packaged in any number of ways. It’s possible we could see a return of the evil “CRomnibus” where the House starts with the CR, adds a bunch of energy taxes, throws in the extenders, air-drops a bunch of wasteful spending, and then tosses it over the fence 24 hours before the government shuts down with a “take it or leave it” attitude. Also, and it’s still possible the House will send over another stimulus bill before things wind down as well.
American Energy Freedom Day Update
October 1 is just around the corner and conservatives on and off of Capitol Hill are gearing up for a showdown on how to solve our nation’s energy crisis. On Wednesday afternoon from 2:30-3:30, a rally will be held on the terrace of the Cannon House Office Building. Members of Congress participating include Sen. DeMint and Reps. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) and John Shadegg (R-Ariz.), with more expected to confirm. Groups participating include Americans For Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform, National Taxpayers Union and any and all of you interested in urging Congress to allow its OCS ban to expire once and for all.
Ace of Spades is really, really frosted about the Gang of 10’s sellout bill. (Language warning). If you aren’t mad about it, you will be after you read his post.