Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Floor Activity This Week


The Senate, after two weeks of debate, plans to vote on a homeland security bill that would catch the U.S. up with recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission.

If there’s time left, senators could move on to debate an Iraq resolution that would rewrite Congress’ 2002 authorization for war, setting a deadline for troop withdrawal and clarifying that any authorization for military action was only meant for Iraq (that is, not Iran). Although the debate should generate political heat, it's doubtful the resolution will make it past a senatorial filibuster.


The House will be busy voting on five bills to make DC more transparent by: speeding up Freedom of Information Act requests, requiring ex-presidents hand over official docs to their presidential libraries, protecting whistleblowers and forcing agencies to explain why they awarded no-contract bids.