The Hill (via Drudge): ‘Dems to stuff 20 bills into post-election lame duck session:’
Democrats are considering cramming as many as 20 pieces of legislation into the lame-duck session they plan to hold after the Nov. 2 election.
The array of bills competing for floor time shows the sense of urgency among Democratic lawmakers to act before the start of the 112th Congress, when Republicans are expected to control more seats in the Senate and House.
Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is intent on passing a renewable electricity standard.
As I note today in the Washington Times, Republican Sen. Sam Brownback is co-sponsoring the RES legislation, which they announced at a press conference last week. Doesn’t the Kansas Senator (also the GOP nominee for governor) look proud?
But his Republican colleague from South Carolina, Sen. Jim DeMint, says “not so fast!” Politico:
South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint warned Monday evening that he would block all legislation that has not been cleared by his office in the final days of the pre-election session.
Bret Bernhardt, DeMint’s chief of staff, said in an e-mail to GOP aides that his boss would place a hold on all legislation that has not been cleared by both parties by the end of the day Tuesday.
The beauty of obstructionism.