So the Democrats stuck to their “First 100 hours” pledge.
According to the AP, they “passed their six-bill, 100-hour agenda with 13 hours to spare.”
So what was in this 100 hour flurry of bills and votes? Well one of the things was an amendment to the “energy bill, which would reimpose $15 billion in fees, royalties and taxes on the oil industry.” Come on, would the republicans have even let an idea like that be spoken? No.
But those silly Republicans. You’ve gotta love ’em. (Or not). They “complained the bills were hammered through after Democrats reneged on a campaign promise to let the opposition offer amendments and help shape legislation.” Funny, sounds familiar, but in reverse. Twelve years we dealt with their tactics and bad judgement. Too bad for them. Unfortunately, the bills they passed face an uncertain future in the Senate (with it’s very narrow Democratic majority) and worse, the President’s veto. He’s truly the worst thing that’s ever happened to this country.
Here are the bills passed by the House as part of the 100-hour agenda (from AP):
A “conservation fee” on oil and gas taken from deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico; scrap nearly $6 billion worth of oil industry tax breaks enacted by Congress in recent years; and seek to recoup royalties lost to the government because of an Interior Department error in leases issued in the late 1990s. Passed Thursday.
Lower interest rates on federally subsidized student loans from 6.8 percent to 3.4 percent in stages over five years at a cost to taxpayers of $6 billion. About 5.5 million students get the loans each year. Passed Wednesday.
Make the government bargain directly with drug companies with the aim of reducing prices of prescriptions for Medicare beneficiaries. Passed Jan. 12.
Expand government-financed embryonic stem cell research. Passed Jan. 11.
Raise the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour over 26 months. Passed Jan. 10.
Bolster terrorism-fighting efforts with more cargo inspections. Passed Jan. 9.
Democrats also won approval of internal House rule changes dealing with ethics, lobbying and budgeting. They were passed on Jan. 4-5, the first two days of the new Congress.
It’s all good people. Maybe we can start to breathe again. I actually didn’t think it would be this good so soon. There is Higher Being.