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Monday, October 7, 2013

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

Majority of House Support "Clean" Continuing Resolution Bill - All but five House Democrats have signed a letter urging House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) to allow a vote on a "clean" continuing resolution bill, meaning the legislation appears to have the support of a majority of House members.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) released the letter, which bears the signatures of 195 of the chamber's 200 Democrats.

"We demand a vote on a clean continuing resolution immediately so that government functioning can resume and Americans can move on with their lives," the members said.

Combine those 195 Democrats with the 22 House Republicans who have signaled support for a clean resolution, and you get 217 members, which is a bare majority of the chamber's 432 members.

The Senate already passed the bill, but House GOP leaders have declined to bring it to a vote over the objections of Democrats who argue that it's a quick and easy way to end the government shutdown. The measure would go to President Obama's desk immediately upon passage. The Washington Post has more here.


"Organizing for Action," the nonprofit born out of President Obama's former campaign arm, released a television advertisement Monday that criticizes House Republicans for their role in causing the first government shutdown since 1996.


Supreme Court Begins New Term - the court’s new term, which starts Monday, will feature an extraordinary series of cases on consequential constitutional issues, including campaign contributions, abortion rights, affirmative action, public prayer and presidential power.       
“This term is deeper in important cases than either of the prior two terms,” said Irving L. Gornstein, the executive director of the Supreme Court Institute at Georgetown University.
An unusually large number of the new cases put important precedents at risk, many in areas of the law the court has been rapidly revising since the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. She was at the court’s ideological center, and her moderate instincts played a crucial role in shaping the court’s jurisprudence on abortion, race, religion and the role of money in politics. The NY Times has more here.
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