GOP Committee News
Finance: Wyden, Hatch Welcome CMS Decision to Rollback Changes to Medicare Prescription Drug Program: Today, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, welcomed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner decision to rollback its plans to overhaul the Medicare prescription drug program.
Reuters: Senate banking leaders reach deal on Fannie, Freddie future: The leaders of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday outlined plans for legislation to wind down government-owned mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that they said would continue to provide access to long-term, fixed-rate mortgages.
Fox News: Senate unanimously approves military sexual assault bill: The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill late Monday making big changes in the military justice system to deal with sexual assault, including scrapping the nearly century-old practice of using a "good soldier defense" to raise doubts that a crime has been committed.
Wall Street Journal: Energy Exports as Foreign-Policy Tool: For a sagging president and a discredited Congress, the Ukraine crisis actually could be a blessing in disguise. It gives them a chance to do something big: Start a historically significant drive to transform's America's energy picture.
National Review: Unite Here Turns Against Obamacare: President Obama has made an unlikely enemy: a labor union furious over the president’s legacy-making Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
New Polling Numbers
Gallup: Congress' Low Job Approval Persists: With the 2014 midterms now eight months away, 15% of Americans approve of the overall job Congress is doing. This is slightly better than last month's 12%, but extends a nearly steady string of sub-20% approval ratings for Congress that started in mid-2011.
Reuters: White House has optimistic growth forecast for 2014, 2015: The White House on Monday forecast more robust economic growth in 2014 than last year and a further pickup in the economy for 2015. Under a White House projection, the U.S. economy is expected to expand by 3.1 percent this year, faster than last year's 1.7 percent. Growth would pick up to 3.4 percent in 2015, the White House said.
Red Tape Review
AP: On Senate floor, Dems talk all night about climate: Senators have found plenty of common ground in an overnight debate about climate change that has been characterized by civil exchanges from lawmakers who hear plenty to like in each other's words. Could this really be happening in Washington?
Wall Street Journal Opinion: Sage Grouse Rebellion: Almost half the land west of the Mississippi belongs to the federal government, including 48% of California, 62% of Idaho and 81% of Nevada. No surprise that the Obama Administration wants to control more. But the result could be to suppress the country's booming oil and gas development.
@JohnCornyn: Senate holds global warming all-nighter: Why 4 Dems will be no-shows http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/2014/0310/Senate-holds-global-warming-all-nighter-Why-4-Dems-will-be-no-shows?cmpid=addthis_twitter#.Ux7uNrAJqeU.twitter …
@SenatorFischer: Rather than talking about jobs & the economy, Senate Dem majority opts to put on an all-night show on climate change #All4BigDonors
Floor Schedule for Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Today, the Senate is in session.
The Senate convened at 9:00 a.m., and conducted the following roll call votes:
- Invoked, 55-43: Cloture on Executive Calendar #577, Matthew Frederick Leitman, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan;
- Invoked, 56-42: Cloture on Executive Calendar #578, Judith Ellen Levy, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan;
- Invoked, 56-43: Cloture on Executive Calendar #579, Laurie J. Michelson, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan; and
- Invoked, 56-42: Cloture on Executive Calendar #580, Linda Vivienne Parker, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan.
The Senate is in recess until 2:15 p.m. for the weekly policy lunches.
Key House Action
Today, the House is in session.
Three New Tools to Protect the Rule of Law & Our Constitution: When President Obama began the year by boasting about his pen and phone, Speaker Boehner said, “I would remind the president he also has a Constitution, and an oath of office that he took where he swore to faithfully execute the laws of our country.” Not too long after that, Boehner addressed the American people’s growing concern about White House overreaching