On Capitol Hill - The START nuclear treaty passed a cloture vote yesterday in the Senate. 67 Senators agreed to end debate on the treaty setting up a final vote for passage today. Majority Leader Harry Reid will need all of those 67 votes to hold for the treaty to garner the necessary 2/3 majority for passage – and thus securing an important foreign policy victory for President Obama. And for that matter – the rest of the world that wants to take a tougher stance on reducing loose nuclear materials. Also – the Senate is expected to finally pass the 9/11 first responders health care bill this afternoon - now that changes to the bill have accommodated the Chamber of Commerce’s corporate concerns. And in the White House today – President Obama signed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal into law – an important milestone for civil rights in our country. All in all – according to Columbia University historian Alan Brinkley – the 111th session of Congress has passed more legislation affecting more people than any other Congress since the 1960’s – unfortunately they weren’t the transformative victories many progressives hoped for 2 years ago. And while more people have received much needed help – the status quo of supply-side economics, free trade, and corporate preference still continues.
The 111th session of Congress has passed more legislation affecting more people than any other Congress since the 1960’s...
Dec. 22, 2010 10:39 am