Reid files cloture on EDA bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), on Thursday made a procedural move to limit debate on a bill that would fund the Public Works and Economic Development Administration (EDA), and expressed his frustration at delays the legislation has endured.

“Our staffs have been working diligently for days now to find a path that would allow the Senate to complete action on this jobs bill,” Reid said. “We find ourselves struggling just to bring it up for a vote.”

Members from both parties have loaded the legislation down with about 70 amendments related to a diverse array of issues, including immigration reform, E-Verify, the estate tax, right-to-work laws, gainful employment regulation, endangered species and light bulbs.


Senate to vote on second ethanol amendment on Thursday

A deal was apparently struck Wednesday evening that will allow the Senate to vote for the second time this week on an amendment that would strip around $6 billion in subsidies and tax credits from the ethanol industry.

A different amendment that would have had the same effect was defeated in the Senate 40-59 on Tuesday, in part due to discontent among Democrats about the unorthodox manner in which Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) called the amendment up.


Senate Dem: Far right’s disregard for unemployed workers ‘morally reprehensible’

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) blasted the “far right of the Republican party” on Tuesday for blocking the extension of a program that helps U.S. workers who need assistance after losing their jobs as a result of trade agreements.

“I can't believe that the far right of the Republican party doesn’t seem to think that we have any responsibility for people who lose their jobs because of our actions here in this town,” Brown said. “That’s morally reprehensible.”


In maiden speech, Rubio describes hopeful vision of a 'new American century'

In his maiden speech Tuesday afternoon, Tea Party favorite Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) delivered his vision of a restored American economy, unhampered by debt and government over-regulation.

"The American people haven’t forgotten how to start a business," Rubio said. "The American people haven’t run out of good ideas.

"We Americans are as great as we have ever been but our government is broken," he said. "It is keeping us from doing what we have done better than any people in the history of the world: create jobs and prosperity."