Tuesday, October 11, 2011

GOP Senate and House - #3318 - Senate GOP to Retaliate After Reid Maneuver by Withholding Consent - Hot Air (2) GOP Moves to Ensure Secret Ballot Union Elections (3) Senate Republicans Introduce Bill to Eliminate Budget Gimmicks - Hot Air

Harry Reid detonated his nuclear option to protect Barack Obama from his own jobs bill. Now he and his caucus have to get ready for the fallout: Senate Republicans vow they will retaliate for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) decision to unilaterally change the Senate’s rules Thursday without prior warning or negotiation. Republican aides say their bosses will now be even more reluctant to allow the Senate to conduct routine business by unanimous consent, forcing Reid to gather 60 votes for even the most mundane matters. “Reid fired a major salvo and it’s hard to imagine a return shot won’t be fired. Maybe over the weekend they’ll come up with something and try to make it less worse than it already is,” said a Senate GOP leadership aide. … Triggering what has come to be known as the chamber’s “nuclear option,” Reid overturned Senate precedent that allowed Republicans to force votes to proceed to non-germane amendments. He did so by voting with 50 of his Democratic colleagues to overturn a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian.............. For instance, if a senator tries to offer an amendment repealing the health care law to a bill – after a filibuster has been defeated – and it’s ruled out of order by the parliamentarian, the chamber could presumably vote by a simple majority to overturn that ruling. And the amendment could stay pending to the bill, which could be then be adopted by a vote in the full Senate. And if there’s a Republican president and Republican Congress in 2013, the GOP could be in a position to run roughshod over the Senate minority. Read more.......

GOP Moves to Ensure Secret Ballot Union Elections - Hot Air -The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is beginning to look like the olden times prisoner who is dying the death of a thousand cuts. After gaining far more attention than they ever wanted by sticking their collective nose into the business of Boeing, a number of new regulatory reforms proposed under the Obama administration have been coming under fire. Chief among these are the continued efforts by the board to “fast track” union elections in the workplace, essentially robbing employees of the opportunity for an assured secret ballot to determine their future regarding collective bargaining.  The week Congress is set to at least attempt to nip this in the bud.  A key House Republican chairman, frustrated with what he calls a pattern of “union favoritism” by the National Labor Relations Board, said Wednesday he is stepping up efforts to roll back new rules issued by the agency.  House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline, Minnesota Republican, introduced the “Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act,” yet another attempt to rein in an agency that has become a partisan flash point and an early issue in the 2012 presidential campaign.  Read more.......

Senate Republicans Introduce Bill to Eliminate Budget Gimmicks - Hot Air - If only we could all budget our money the way Uncle Sam does. We could justify routine purchases as “emergency” spending. (Five dollars for a caffeine fix at Starbucks? But it’s an emergency!) We could pretend we saved money by not buying something we never planned to buy in the first place — and then spend that money elsewhere. (You always planned to pay college tuition for your kids even after they graduated university, right? Well, don’t — save the money and buy a new car instead!). We could delay payment by ten years for major purchases and pretend we’ll never have to pay for them. (What washer and dryer? You don’t owe money for either in this 10-year enforceable window — so don’t budget for ‘em at all.)  But, for some strange reason, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) think it should be the other way around: They think Uncle Sam should start budgeting a little more like we do. That’s why, today, they introduced the Honest Budget Act, a bill to eliminate the most outrageous gimmicks Congress uses to justify increased spending.  Read more......

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