Election Results: Dream Act, Unemployment And Tier V, Social SecurityBy Victor Hatley on November 3, 2010, 5:52 pm Posted in Finance News
Most of the election results are in, and aside from the disputes that are to be expected in the closest races, the Democratic majority in the Senate was maintained. The House on the other hand lost at least 60 seats at the time of this writing. There are a few races that will not be announced until Thursday morning because of the counting still going on. Even though the democrats did retain the majority, they did lose a few seats…making the bare minimum for a filibuster that the Republicans held a little stronger than before. Harry will have to work harder to get a few more line crossers in the future, but to be sure, the President will help him in this aspect, but that’s another story.
Lame Duck Session Schedule
If all the proposed legislation scheduled for the lame duck session is to be address the Senators will be hard pressed, and have to work late into the night to get to even the majority of the legislation that has been proposed. To be sure, there will be several key issues that will probably be discussed: immigration reform, unemployment, a fifth tier to the said unemployment, (if they extend the first 4 tiers,) jobs, social security (the Presidents “Economic Recovery Payment”) the Bush era tax cuts, and this is just to mention a few of the measures they have promised to address, but not all of the issues need attention immediately, that is to say, that Americans will suffer if work on certain issues aren’t addressed before the expiration of these points. This includes the tax cuts as well as the unemployment, and fifth tier.
Schedule Could Go Past Thanksgiving
According to the law, a lame duck session need not be held at all, but if it is, there are several states that require their Senators are sworn in at the very next meeting of the body. This means a little filibuster power will be gained when they reconvene for the session. Increasing the chances that the Republicans could cause delays in proposals at their discretion…unless the Senate Majority leader can convince a few extra Republican votes in favor of his and other Democratic proposals, the lame duck could be adjourned for the Thanksgiving Holiday and be reconvened afterwards…to continue the work our system of democracy hired them for.