Senators Face The Backlog of Legislation
It takes awhile for newcomers to learn the ropes in Washington, DC, but some have already gained experience in local statehouses such as this one in Utah.
What will we see first from Democrats, Republicans, and any Republicrats?
By now we've all heard about "380 House-approved pieces of legislation backlogged in the U. S. Senate." What's in that pile; what comes up first, and why? Are there Republican favorites? Do any match with current Democrat favorites?
I called Republican Senator Orin Hatch's Utah office and was referred to a speech he made on October 8, 2014 for which there is a link below. Among his priorities, according to an aide are changes to, or repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Reform of The Tax Code, and Immigration Reform. The Keystone Pipeline is somewhat further down the list.
I sent an email to the Democrat National Committee as follows:
"There was much talk during the midterm about House-approved legislation backlogged in the Senate, and that some had bipartisan support.
Which of that pile of "380 pieces of legislation" will we Democrats press forward first?
Where do the Minimum Wage, Infrastructure Revitalization, Immigration Reform, Tax Code, and Border Security rank in these first actions?"
According to President Obama, if Congress does not come up with an Immigration Reform bill he can approve (and likely he'd prefer one he can see before the new Republican-controlled Senate is sworn in next January) he will cause some reform of his own by another of his executive orders.
To avoid what Republican Mitch McConnell has termed this "waving a red flag in front of a bull," McConnell will surely try to urge Democrat Senator Harry Reid to work in a bipartisan fashion to get a joint House-Senate approved Immigration Reform bill to the president's desk before President Obama acts unilaterally, as he has become famous (or infamous) for doing before his seeming repudiation by the 40% of Americans who actually voted November 4, 2014..
The Democrats' priorities will be added to this Hub, along with any notable changes in Republican priorities, when the response is received from the Democrat National Committee.
I also anticipate a reply from Congressional Quarterly which will allow for grouping some of the 380 backlogged pieces of House-approved legislation currently before the Senate. Many of those will be the House's repeated bills attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Whichever one of those the Republicans pass out of the Senate next January, it will surely receive a veto from President Obama, and be returned vetoed to Congress for what are sure to be attempts to legislatively amend some of its provisions. That executive-legislative wrestling match will continue in 2015, if not beyond.
If the past is any indicator, Democrats will continue to promote government-supported social programs, and Republicans will continue to promote a reduction in expensive government-managed programs in favor of returning more power to state and local governments.
Both parties will sharpen their positions on whether or not the United States needs a balanced budget going forward, and what must eventually be done to halt the growth, and go about paying down, of the National Debt which now totals nearly $17 Trillion and will otherwise continue to grow in President Obama's last two years in office..
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Hoping Congress will look itself in the mirror at the end of each day, and ask "Did I make things better or worse today?"
Copyright 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
Go to October 8, 2014 speech at the Reagan Ranch
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