Back To The Trail

Even before lawmakers returned to work for their pre-election session in Congress, we figured there wouldn't be a heavy workload in the House and Senate.  Boy, was that right.

The Senate left town first on Thursday, holding a final vote just before 1 pm EDT.  The House was done about two hours later.

And now neither body will be back for votes until Tuesday afternoon in the Senate and Tuesday evening in the House.

In other words, it's back to the campaign trail for both parties, as a lot of major legislation just sits idly by.

The budget?  All 12 spending bills remain unfinished, with the end of the fiscal year on September 30.

The White House made noise this week about adding over $20 billion in spending to a stop gap, temporary budget bill that must be approved in the next two weeks.  Republicans basically responded with, "Are you crazy?"

As for the extension of the Bush tax cuts, Democrats are talking about a vote before the elections, but no one is giving a target date.

What about the economy?  Remember how last week the President laid out all kinds of different plans to spur economic growth?

It is almost like that never happened.  I haven't heard any serious talk about a vote on those plans before the elections from Democrats.  Nada.  Zip.  Hardly a murmur.

About the only action of note came from the Senate, which broke a Republican filibuster this week and approved a small business bill that features a $30 billion fund to spur loans to small businesses.

But if it was so important to approve that bill and help the economy, then why didn't the House stick around to pass it, and send it on to President Obama?

I think you know that answer.  They will vote on it next week.

It's the Call of the Campaign Trail.

Even before lawmakers returned to work for their pre-election session in Congress, we figured there wouldn't be a heavy workload in the House and Senate.  Boy, was that right. The Senate left town first on Thursday, holding a final vote just before 1 pm EDT.  The House was done about ...