Today was a rough day for getting anything passed on Capitol Hill, it appears. The Senate continued its consideration of H.R. 1105 (the omnibus appropriations bill) and voted down several attempts at modifying it.
S.AMDT 608 would force the Department of Justice to allocate $10 million to the implementation of the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil RIghts Crime Act. Coburn argued Congress had failed to provide funding for the act in this year's appropriation.
S.AMDT #623 would eliminate all earmarks given to clients of the PMA Group, a defense lobbying outfit that is under investigation by the FBI for allegedly funneling donations in a manner that violates federal law.
S.AMDT#610 strikes funding for 11 earmarks Coburn deems "silly," which include "swine odor and manure management research" and "the Pleasure Beach Water Taxi Service."
We'll let you know if any of these pass.
The Hill is reporting the House will not consider S.160, which would grant Washington, D.C. one representative, on Wednesday due to Republican attempts to repeal district gun laws. When the bill was in the Senate, Republicans attracted the support of centrist Democrats and inserted a provision that overturned the district's restrictive gun licensing requirements.
The Hill article says Democratic leadership fears centrist House Democrats will also support such an amendment. If anti-gun-law language appears in bother the House and Senate versions of the bill, it will be difficult to remove in conference.
Are the Republicans going to be able to force changes on the omnibus appropriations bill? Will the DC Voting Rights Act come up for a vote this week? Tell us what you think.