What else does Obama want to do this year?
I’ve been hearing a lot of frustration from staffers on the Hill lately about how little time is left in the 111th Congress relative to how much legislating Democratic leaders want to pack in: Financial reform still isn’t quite done. Defense appropriations need attention. And, among other things, there is the small matter of passing a massive, and possibly expensive, energy bill, once considered the second big policy push in the Democrats’ agenda for this Congress, after health care.
And now President Obama releases this statement:
Today, I thank the House for its work and support efforts in the Senate to pass S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act... The bill addresses longstanding challenges in the food safety and defense system by promoting a prevention-oriented approach to the safety of our food supply and provides the federal government with the appropriate tools to accomplish its core food safety goals.
The bill is bipartisan. It will probably pass. But the time-consuming process of considering a significant bill in the Senate hands Republicans another opportunity to slow down the Democrats in the waning days of this Congress, making it yet harder to pass a solid energy bill before the August recess. If Obama wants to see this move soon, GOP senators shouldn’t drag their heels. But that doesn’t mean they won’t.
| July 7, 2010; 4:31 PM ET
Categories: Stromberg | Tags: Stephen Stromberg
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