Yesterday evening, the “Repealing the Job Killing Health Care Law Act” failed to clear a procedural vote, 47-51. Though Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had threatened not to bring the measure to the Senate floor, he agreed to allow the bill to come to the floor if Republicans agreed not to filibuster the Federal Aviation Administration bill. The vote was strictly party-line.
As one of her first official acts, New Mexico's new Republican Governor Susana Martinez issued an executive order rescinding illegal immigrants' sanctuary from investigation of their legal status when they commit crimes in the state — a sanctuary that her predecessor, Governor Bill Richardson, had created, also by an executive order.
Outside a court hearing for the so-called “Underwear Bomber,” an attorney who was on board the targeted plane renewed a series of shocking accusations, claiming the U.S. federal government was behind the whole plot.
House Republicans are turning their attention to the Environmental Protection Agency and their overreaching regulations. Today, they will be unveiling legislation to ban the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. The legislation is expected to move through the House without issue.
When Austan Goolsbee, chief economic advisor to the Obama administration, was asked about the impact not raising the debt ceiling would have on the country, he said, �This is not a game. If we hit the debt ceiling, that�s essentially defaulting on our obligations, which is totally unprecedented in American history.� He continued: