Wednesday, November 17, 2010
LAME DUCK SESSION POISED TO PASS FIRST SUBSTANTIVE BILL SINCE RETURNING TO WORK - H.R. 1722 THE TELEWORK ENHANCEMENT ACT OF 2010
The first substantive legislation to be considered by the House in the lame duck session of this 111th Congress appears to be H.R. 1722, the Telework Enhancements Act of 2010. This bill passed the House back on July 14th, on roll call 441. Just before the Congress recessed for the elections the Senate passed a version of H.R. 1722 by unanimous consent.
The Senate proposed an amendment, S. Amendment No. 4689. Unlike other Senate Amendments, this time the changes were germane to the underlying bill. The Amendment was introduced by Hawaii's Democratic Senator Daniel Akaka and Ohio's Republican Senator George Voinovich.
The Rules Committee has scheduled a meeting, which is being postponed until after a series of votes are concluded today. No doubt the postponement was precipitated by the Leadership Elections by the House Democratic Caucus that are taking place today.
Lynn Jenkins and the Party of No voted against passage back in July. Confronted with the prospect of governing and not merely obstructing it will be interesting to see what she and the other naysayers will do when H.R. 1722 returns to the floor.