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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Daily Political Wire 12-18-2010

George Wenschhof

House/Senate Pass 3 day extension for Government Spending -
after Republicans blocked the approval of the 1.1 Trillion Omnibus spending bill, government funding was set to expire. Now, the expiration will be Tuesday at midnight. Look to see a one or two month continuing resolution bill to be passed and the buck passed to the incoming congress to settle funding for the remainder of the fiscal year which ends September 30, 2011. has more here.


DREAM Act Likely to fail Today -
Republicans will block passage by use of the filibuster rule requiring 60 votes for discussion when it comes up for a vote this morning. Representative Luis Gutierriez (D-Ill.) points out the bill would pass by a simple majority. has more here.


START and D.A.D.T. Should Pass Senate -
but not without Republicans kicking and screaming. 67 votes are needed to ratify the START Treaty with Russia and Republican Senators lead by John McCain (AZ) are mad the repeal of D.A.D.T. will be put forward before the START Treaty. The NY Times has more here.


Sunday morning "Talking Heads" Lineup -
plenty to talk about as the lame duck congress and the year comes to a close. Vice President Joe Biden is on NBC "Meet The Press", Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Richard Lugar (R-In.) are on "This Week", Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appears on "State of The Union". Below, has a preview of the upcoming shows.


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