Inside Congress: Saturday in the Senate
The Senate will begin the morning in executive session, continuing consideration of the New START Treaty. For months, Heritage Action has been clamoring for a substantive debate and we’re finally seeing one. Yesterday, Senators went back and forth for hours on a crucial amendment – whether to strip the restrictive missile defense language out of the treaty’s preamble. Senate Republicans may have as many as 50 more amendments to offer to the fatally-flawed treaty.
Efforts to make the treaty less harmful will be postponed sometime this morning though, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will force votes on two controversial measures – the DREAM Act and a repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Reid’s efforts to move these controversial measures will not only delay consideration of the treaty, but it has produced a “chilling” effect among potential GOP treaty supporters. If the Senate votes to consider either of these measures (60 votes are needed), it could postpone further consideration of START into next week. Right now, the outcome for everything is unclean.
Last night, the House and Senate both passed a short-term extension of government funding, which was due to run out tonight. The CR will last just a few days, which should be enough time for Congress to recover from their omnibus debacle and agree on a clean extension into next year – no earmarks, no special projects and no Obamacare funding.
One week before Christmas…and a lot to do. Stay tuned and we’ll keep you updated!