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senate agenda and the internet gambling bill


Here's the latest as far as the Senate agenda:

 this week the Senate will take up a package of bills on port security. There may be a lot of pushing and shoving between Republicans and Democrats on cargo screening, port security funding, 9/11 Commission recommendations, and those sort of things. The bill might take all week, or it might be done by Wednesday.

The Senate is also going to take a bit of time to commemorate the five-year anniversary of 9/11, which wil likely mean less legislative action today and tomorrow than on a usual mon/tues.

Other items on the near-term agenda,are an additional appropriations bill for military facilities, and some legislation dealing with military tribunals for terrorist detainees. This is apparently something the White House is pushing very hard for at this point, particularly in light of the Supreme Court decision invalidating the current rules for tribunals.

Looking at the last three weeks of the Senate session (adjournment could be Sept 28 or 29), other issues still in the running for floor time include terrorist surveillance; the Bolton nomination for UN Ambassador, other security-related nominations, circuit court judge nominations; bioterrorism response; and a bill kicking the hell out of Iran re: sanctions and its weapons programs.

Also, it looks like the Senate may act on bills that garner U.C.s that limit floor time and amendments -- this is the class of bills the Internet gambling bill would fall into. The main bills under consideration in this area are a bill on Amtrak, a trade bill, and conference reports on Homeland Security and Defense appropriations. If time is available, leadership might move to the "trifecta" bill that blew up in early August (minimum wage, estate taxes, and some other stuff all rolled into one), a bill on oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of Mexico, an abortion bill, and any bills needed to keep the government funded and running past the end of the end of the current fiscal year (which is September 30, 2006).

Long story short: the Internet gambling bill is nowhere to be seen on the list of items under consideration at this point. The threat of movement via UC remains, and it now seems clear that a single, well motivated hold on the bill will be enough to ensure its defeat this year.

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ToddComment by Todd - September 12, 2006, 8:30 am
Sounds great, what's the source?
LOTTOMIKEComment by LOTTOMIKE - September 12, 2006, 3:40 pm
i found it at a poker player site.even though i don't play poker i go to the site because they keep up with it real close.

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