House Democrats Focusing on 'Easy Votes'

Monday, 12 Apr 2010 09:16 AM

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is already shifting into “campaign mode,” scheduling easy votes and short weeks to allow Democrats more time to campaign, according to The Hill.

The result is a schedule heavy on four-day weeks and breezy agenda items with little controversy.

“They’ll be no more tough votes,” one Democratic leadership aide told The Hill. Expect little if any tension during the April and May legislative work period.

The chief piece of legislation will be a jobs bill, a priority that many Democrats want to pass with unemployment and the economy remaining top concerns of voters. In fact, the jobs push will be a series of bills consisting of small business tax incentives and loan and access-to-capitol programs.
Other broad legislative items appear to be on hold, particularly since their success is dependent on the will of the Senate.

“If it’s not getting through the Senate, it’s not getting though the House,” said another top House aide, referring specifically to comprehensive immigration reform, another legislative priority of President Barack Obama that makes House leaders queasy at its very mention.


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