CONGRESS: Republicans V Democrats – or doing the People’s Business?


Next Senate Session is February 4, 2013

the Senate Convenes: 9:30amET January 31, 2013

  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will begin consideration of H.R.325, the debt limit legislation.
  • The time until 12:15pm will be equally divided and controlled to run concurrently on the items below and on the bill.
  • At 12:15pm, there will be one roll call vote in relation to the Portman amendment (dollar for dollar cuts – the text of S.43). Following the vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for caucus meetings.
  • At 2:15pm, there will be as many as 5 additional roll call votes:
    • Portman amendment (government shutdown prevention – the text of S.29)
    • Toomey amendment (full faith and credit)
    • Paul amendment (F-16s to Egypt)
    • Vitter motion to commit (spending cuts)
    • Passage of H.R.325, as amended, if amended.
  • Senator Reid announced his intention to move to table the amendments and the motion to commit. All amendments and the motion to commit will be subject to 60 affirmative votes for adoption should any items not be tabled.

At 12:15pm today, the Senate will proceed to a roll call votes in relation to the Portman amendment #6 (dollar for dollar cuts – S.43 text) to H.R.325, Debt Limit. We expect this vote to be a motion to table.

At 2:15, there will be a series of 5 roll call votes in relation to the legislative items listed below.

– (motion to table) Portman amendment #7 (government shutdown prevention – S.29 text);

– (motion to table) Toomey amendment # 8 (full faith and credit);

– (motion to table) Paul amendment #9 (prohibition of F-16s to Egypt);

– (motion to table) Vitter motion to commit (spending cuts); and

– Passage of H.R.325, as amended, if amended (Debt Limit).

12:20pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the Baucus motion to table the Portman amendment #6 (dollar for dollar cuts – S.43 text) to H.R.325, Debt Limit;

Tabled: 54-44

2:18pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the Mikulski motion to table the Portman amendment #7 (shutdown prevention)Tabled: 52-46

2:44pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the Baucus motion to table the Toomey amendment #8 (full faith and credit); Tabled: 53-41

3:03pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the Leahy motion to table the Paul amendment #9 (prohibition of F-16s to Egypt) Tabled: 79-19

3:21pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the Baucus motion to table the Vitter motion to commit (spending cuts); Tabled: 53-45

3:38pm The Senate began a roll call vote on passage of H.R.325, Debt Limit;Passed: 64-34



1)      Motion to Table the Portman Amendment #6 (dollar for dollar); Tabled: 54-44

2)      Motion to Table the Portman Amendment #7 (government shutdown prevention); Tabled: 52-46

3)      Motion to Table the Toomey Amendment #8 (full faith and credit); Tabled: 53-45

4)      Motion to Table the Paul Amendment #9 (prohibition of F-16’s to Egypt); Tabled: 79-19

5)      Motion to Table the Vitter motion to commit (spending cuts); Tabled: 53-45

6)      Passage of H.R.325, to ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until May 19, 2013, and for other purposes; Passed: 64-34


Adopted S.Res.24, commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia.

Adopted S.Res.25, honoring Gonzaga University on its 125th anniversary.

Began the Rule 14 process of S.201, To prohibit the sale, lease, transfer, retransfer, or delivery of F–16 aircraft, M1 tanks, or certain other defense articles or services to the Government of Egypt. (Paul)

Began the Rule 14 process of S.204, the National Right-to-Work Act. (Paul)


The next meeting in the House is February 1, 2013


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Here’s a sampling of new laws, rules and other government changes that kick in with the new year.

As 2013 begins, so do some new laws, regulations and fee increases. Here’s a sampling of what to watch for.

If you’re a renter, homeowner or landlord: Carbon monoxide alarms are now required in existing apartments, condominiums, hotels, motels and single-family homes, with some exceptions. Owner-occupied single-family homes, legally occupied before July 26, 2009, are not required to have the alarms until they are sold. (The law was passed in 2009, and portions of it have phased in over time.)

If you’re a Kirkland property owner: You will get a sense of the impact on your property taxes of the Nov. 6 voter approval of Propositions 1 and 2, the city streets and parks levies,  when King County mails 2013 bills on February 14. More details here.

If you’re a worker: The state minimum wage increases to $9.19 an hour, up from $9.04 an hour. (State law doesn’t let employers take a tip credit against the minimum wage.)

If you’re a garbage customer in King County: The basic fee for bringing solid waste to a transfer station or drop box will increase to $129.40 per ton, up from $117.42, including tax and a moderate risk waste fee. The minimum fee will increase from $20 to $22, including tax and the moderate risk waste fee.  An average residential customer who puts out one can of garbage per week for curbside collection is likely to see an increase of about 57 cents per month in the garbage bill.

If you’re a Pierce County Ferry System rider: A variety of service changes start Jan. 1. The system provides service between the town of Steilacoom, Anderson Island and Ketron Island.

If you’re unemployed: The federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program ends Dec. 29. EUC is a federal extension that provides additional weeks of unemployment benefits after you have run out of “regular unemployment benefits.”

If you’re a fish (or care about them, or drive a vehicle): In 2010 Washington state passed a law reducing the use of toxic material in automotive brake pads and shoes. This law restricts the use of several heavy metals and asbestos, and provides for a phase-out of copper over the next 15-20 years. Starting Jan. 1, manufacturers have to report the concentrations of copper, nickel, zinc and antimony in brake friction materials.

If you’re a fish, part 2 (or an angler): Barbless hooks will be required to fish for salmon, steelhead and cutthroat trout in the mainstem Columbia River, including the north jetty, from Buoy 10 upstream to the Washington/Oregon border above McNary Dam

Humanitarian Assistance for the Syrian People


President Obama announces an additional $155 million in humanitarian aid for those affected by the violence of the Assad regime. This aid from the American people is providing food, clean water, medicine, medical treatment, immunizations for children, clothing, and winter supplies for millions of people in need inside Syria and in neighboring countries.

PBO Immigrataion Citzenship and Republicans


He’s putting the pressure on Congress, big time. WATCH:

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Let’s roll up our sleeves and make sure Obama gets it done. WATCH:

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Tell your friends.

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