by Wendell Goler | October 04, 2010
Even though the president’s aides believe Democrats will retain control of the House and Senate, they’re prepared for a scaled down legislative agenda after next month’s elections. But officials say it’s not because Republicans will be calling more of the shots.
Robert Gibbs at the press briefing October 4, 2010 (Fox News Photo)
Part of the reason is that the largest items on Mr. Obama’s agenda, including the Recovery Act, health care reform and financial regulatory reform, have already been passed by Congress. Another part of the reason is that few here expect Republicans to follow their likely gains in the House and Senate, with a change in their strategy of opposing the Democrats’ initiatives.
Asked at a briefing about unfinished legislative business, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs ticked off a number of items for a potential lame duck session: extending the Bush administration tax cuts, ratifying the START treaty with Russia, reauthorizing the Children’s Nutrition program and confirming Austan Goolsbee as the president’s new budget director as well as confirming a number of federal judicial nominees.
While the debate over extending the tax cuts is likely to be resolved in the lame duck session, either by temporarily extending all the cuts or permanently extending just those for the middle class, some of the other issues are likely to spill over into the next legislative session. And they are “small ball” compared with what Democrats managed to pass this year, largely over the objections of Republicans.
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