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House - January 5, 2007

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House - January 5, 2007 - week 1
110th - United States Congress
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
Previous January 4, 2007
Next January 8, 2007

This is the daily summary of the actions in United States House of Representatives in the 110th United States Congress for January 5, 2007 during week 1 of this Congress' term. For a summary of the actions in the Senate click here, and for Congress as a whole on this date, click here.


House Daily Summary

The second day of the 110th Congress saw the finalization of the rules and regulations which will guide procedure on the House floor, and will guide the conduct of its members under H.Res. 6. The debate was a little heavier than it was the previous day due to the more meaty reforms that Democrats wanted to enact in Title III, IV and V of the five parts of he resolution.

Action: House passes Title III of H.Res. 6

During the 109th Congress, on important votes, the Republican majority often kept votes open for as long as they needed to get the votes to pass/defeat. Democrats promised to change that, and they have. All votes on the House floor will now last for fifteen minutes, unless the rule is waived. Also, the Republican House and Senate leadership would go into conference committee, iron out changes to a bill and completely shut Democrats out of the process - sometimes, not even letting them see a copy of the bill before they put it up for a vote. Now, the rules now state that the minority must be provided with a copy of the conference report and that no conference report that differs from the one they received can be considered.

Action: House passes Title IV of H.Res. 6

This one is a biggy. Two significant things were changed in this Title. First, the House agreed to publicly identify earmarks, or special-interest money and tax breaks often secretly inserted into legislation. This change makes it likely that we will see less and less pet projects. Or, at least, less than the near 10,000 in the 2006 budget. This won praise from even some Republican members, who were disappointed at their leadership’s inability to control government spending while they were in power. Democrats had “more guts than we did to tackle earmark reform in a meaningful way,” said Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) [Wiki].

Second, the House re-instated the “pay-as-you-go” rule. Basically, what PAYGO does is stop new tax cuts or new spending on “entitlement” programs unless those policy changes were paid for through tax hikes or other spending cuts. Therefore, if Congress wants to spend more, it has to raise taxes. If it wants to cut taxes, it has to cut spending. The PAYGO restrictions were a big part of how the U.S. got to a balanced budget in the 1990s. Alot of Republicans went along with this, so it passed 280-152.

Action: House passes Title V of H.Res. 6

This was the Title for all the different rules Democrats wanted to make, but without really knowing how to classify them. The first section gives the minority more rights in deposing witnesses subpenoaed before a committee. The following two sections were technical changes to administrative positions, like the Director of National Intellegence. The following five sections to that, however, stirred up some debate on the floor. After pledging to reverse the Republican tradition of shutting the minority out of the legislative process, Democrats passed a set of exceptions for their priorities: the 9/11 commission recommendations, stem cell research, the minimum wage and prescription drugs. Democrats claimed the legislation they intend to present has already been discussed, and sometimes already voted on. Republicans replied that new members (of which there are more than usual) have not gotten the chance to have their voices heard. The remaining sections made some more technical changes, including banning lobbyists from entering the House gym. Every Republican was against this, but, as they will learn in their time as the minority party, they can have a rock solid caucus and still lose the vote. It passed 232-200, with three members not voting.

The House recessed until Tuesday. But when it comes back into session, the Democrats’ 100 Hours Agenda will be set loose and a bevy of legislative activity from the minimum wage to stem cells is expected. It is not known how much Republicans in the Senate (who have the power to filibuster) or President Bush will go along with what the Dems want to do.

On the Floor

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In the Committees

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This page was last modified 04:06, 14 February 2007 by dKosopedia user Abou Ben Adhem. Based on work by dKosopedia user(s) Lestatdelc. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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