Skip to comments.Congress is still in session - 12-9-06 @ 4:24am et
Posted on 12/09/2006 1:27:40 AM PST by STARWISE
Frist is throwing out "unanimous consents" out like water .. speaking 90 mph.
I think the tax bill extension was passed.
I'd like to see the status of all these bills. It's wild ...
Frist is whizzing through these like he's on speed.
He's saying they finished up their work.
Were the tax cuts extended or made permanent?
Or, thank God for the last minute, or we'ld get nothing done.
The summary screen I just saw on C-SPAN 2 mentions offshore drilling passed.
As a Florida resident, I say YES!
I heard "extension"...I didn't switch over until this thread was posted.
Senate just adjourned...what is "sine dai" (sp)?
Frist: recalling last night. Had dinner with his family .. they're empty nesters now, but their 3 sons came to be with them for his farewell speech. They sat around the restaurant table, reminiscing. Their years have changed over the last 12 years ... but this was the term of the normal life of a citizen legislator, which was his intention when he came to DC.
The 3 young boys have grown into 3 robust young men, his wife is more beautiful every day. He's seen faith strengthened and challenged, and seen a group of men and women who are very good people: good intentioned, unselfish, people with real dreams. We all have our foibles and weaknesses .. but as his Dad always said, good people beget good people.
His Dad's letter before he died: advice to people you'll never see who come after you. His last words: finally, I believe it is so terribly important in life to stay humble, use your talents wisely and use other people's talents to help other people.
Asked that Senate be adjourned ... and people are there clapping.
US exports nuclear tech. to India
Tax breaks extended
VietNam trade bill
Stopgap spending measure .. (I believe until 2/15/07)
I think extended .. ;(
They would've been made permanent if we had held on to Congress. An extension means they'll come up again as a political issue for Republicans to use to get back into power.
Anyone one know what the tangible difference is between "Agreed To" and "Passed?"
The only way to shut off the pork-barrel spending is to allow Congress to be in session four times a year for one month. Maybe then they wouldhave to prioritize??? These guys have way too much time on their hands - too much time spent thinking about how they can create their own legacies by using my hard-earned money.
Thanks for posting. Thanks to all contributors. BUMP!
Oh well....better than nothing, I guess.
That means the 109th Congress is over. It has essentially ceased to exist, as opposed to being in recess.
sine die -- all Latin vowels are voiced -- "see-nay dee-ay" -- it's Latin for "without a day." They haven't set a date to reconvene.
The date of reconvening would be what, Jan. 3, 2007 -- unless by law they set a different date? Does the different date have to be set by the previous Congress, or is it done some other way?
"Remember the "first 100 days" ninny pelosi keeps warning us about"
I can hardly wait...
I hope they make concealed carry in national parks legal. Are they talking about that?
I honestly don't see how the next Congress is anything other than a "do nothing" Congress: 1.) The Democratic Congressional majorities are not super-majorities. 2.) If the majority of "blue dog" Democrats really do side with Republicans on most to all of the issues that they end up voting upon, then the liberal Democrats won't get anything that they want passed. This will truly depend upon what these "blue dog" Democrats really decide to do when it's time to vote. 3.) It will now be the Republican minority's turn in the U.S. Senate to be able to filibuster anything that they want to filibuster. The Democratic minority in the U.S. Senate has often succeeded in killing off many things that the Republicans tried to pass in the U.S. Senate, and now the Republicans will have the ability of doing the same things to the Democrats! 4.) President Bush also has the ability and the power to veto any legislation that he doesn't accept, and I would be very surprised if President Bush doesn't start to veto legislation with the Democrats now in the Congressional majority. 5.) The "new media" keeps getting more and more clout as more people start to pay much more attention to the "new media". The "new media" is also getting better by expanding both its support and its capabilities. For example, "You Tube" and other video sharing sites make it harder for any politician to get away with saying or doing anything controversial without getting caught and then being shown to much of the general public. Every year, less people are subscribing to newspapers, and every year, less people are watching "mainstream media" television. All of these things combined make it much harder for the Democratic Congressional majority to be able to get what they want on any issue, and all of these things should work against the "political left" on most to all of the issues.
Precisely. Which is why hairless reid and nancy piglosi have made the point that they're going to be working longer hours when the 'craps take charge. So they can f#@k more of us to death. I hope the President has the intestinal fortitude to wield the veto pen.
"This will truly depend upon what these "blue dog" Democrats really decide to do when it's time to vote."
Or their vote will depend on what the Democratic leaders have on the "blue dog" personal FBI files.
I'd like to see a short session and a long session each year, neither of them over 90 days.
The long session to be for legislation and budgets, the short one to repeal laws that are no longer necessary due to changes in society or the consolidation of 100's of laws on the same subject to one understandable law.
I know it wont happen first it would cut the neeed for as many lawyers and secondly it would defeat their goal,which is to make all of us criminals, after all free men are not controllable.
Nancy's first 100 days are going to be Blitskrieg of liberal ussues the likes of which this country has never seen before. Its going to be expensive boys.
The Republicans will be like lambs to the slaughter huddling in the back of the corral to see which one gets the knife first.
George is going to sign everything that hits his desk.
It aint going to be pretty.
It aint going to be pretty.
Ok, even I who have been a stuanch supporter for Bush in times where I thought he should
not be spending, recognizes that he will not sign "everything"...Veto's will be forthcoming.
"I honestly don't see how the next Congress is anything other than a "do nothing" Congress:"...
...I agree. They did not win a mandate. No matter what the press tells us. This will be 2 years of a "do nothing because we can't" congress. 2008 election will be more important than '06. The 109th is trying to leave a somewhat conservative taste in everyone's mouth for 2008.
I still think Rove set this up to get GW off the hook and let the RATS auto-eroticate themselves for two years in a do nothing congress and let the people see how bad they are and give it back to the GOP in 08, if they learn their lesson and get conservative real quick.
I will believe it, when I see it.
Well, you have EVERY right for thinking what you're thinking. Moderation is such a waste
and accomplishes absolutely NOTHING.
There's no questions some Repubs need to get their heads screwed on straight!
Yes, Congress is still in session - and no man's honor or property is safe.
I agree. Maybe not in the manner you placed it and perhaps not with the same target, but I agree some republicans do need to get their heads on straight.
By the way how many vetoes has George got to his credit?
What makes you think he will work up enough energy to actually make another one?
For the same reason he won't take any suggestions from the Iraq Surrender Study
Group, and will not pull out of Iraq. He maybe moderate, but he's not going to go
Bills, amendments, resolutions, etc., are "passed."
Still the same mealy mouthed Congress, but at least they did something.....
Do not hold your breath. :) The one thing he can do to cut spending he is apparently loathe to do.
The Iraqui is so bad hardly anone takes it seriously except John kerry. It isnt surprising that he ignores it. However, he also ignores the threat posed by open southern borders and the threat of unlimited illegal immigration. Inspite of the vices of Amricans he seems determined to grant amnesty to 12 million illegals now living in this country.
I like President Bush ,I support him in the Iraqui war. However when it come to Conservatism and illegal immigrants his hard headedness is focused in the wrong direction.
If he wanted to bow down to the Democrats he would have signed the stem cell bill.
He vetoed it despite reasonably large public support.
OK thats one. In six years.
Presidents don't typically veto much when their party controls Congress.
No doubt. Also, Bush is a moderate, and this is something as head of the repub party we
can not afford to harness. If the repub party is going to be "moderate" then what alternative
do people have when elections come around, they may as well vote DBM/dem.
Repubs need a strong, principled conservative leader who understand the "fight" has the
talent and capability, and most of all the will!
Do you really think the republican Party really controlled Congress?
Robert Byrd controlled it more than the republicans.
The Republicans cant even control their bowels on capitol hill. Lousy leadership and RINO's took away any hoppe thay may have had to run Congress. They let Byrd tell them the rules and they went by them. Watch how fast those rules change now with the democrats back in the majority.
"...Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters. "We have alternatives, none of which are very good."
The party without a plan doesn't like what they've been left, but then they helped create the mess...
Not to get too far off topic, I keep asking the few democrats I care to talk to, after we surrender and bring the troops home, how many dead civilians on US soil will be acceptable? 3000, 10,000, 1,000,000 just suddenly occuring every so often? Oh well, just the price we'll have to pay? Universally, they seem to have no answer.