A Florida federal judge hinted on Thursday at the possibility of becoming the second judge to strike down the individual mandate provision of the healthcare law, asserting that it would be a “giant leap” for the Supreme Court to rule in its favor.
On Wednesday, December 15, the House of Representatives voted 250 to 175 to repeal the military’s long-standing policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The legislation now awaits a vote in the Senate, where support is allegedly gaining momentum.
Yesterday night, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reluctantly pulled the 1,900 page $1.1 trillion omnibus bill laden with earmarks that would have funded the federal government through September 2011 from the Senate floor. Aware that the bill would face tremendous opposition and delays, Reid instead announced that he would work with Republican leaders on a smaller, short-term budget to avoid what would have become a government shutdown.
At approximately midnight on Thursday, the House of Representatives voted 277-148 to pass the tax cut legislation approved in the Senate on Wednesday. According to the Washington Post, the House vote was delayed on Thursday by a �last-minute uprising by liberal Democrats demanding an opportunity to express their fierce opposition to the measure.�