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Congress: LBJ in a skirt?

"Democrats sent a massive Wall Street regulation bill to the full Senate on a party-line vote yesterday that left the bill's chances for bipartisan passage in doubt," AP writes, adding, "Despite a conciliatory tone struck by the committee's Democratic and Republican leaders, the development adds more uncertainty about Congress's ability to pass a sweeping rewrite of financial regulations this year. The Senate would not take up the bill until next month, at the earliest."

Climate change next? "A group of 22 Democratic Senators urged Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Monday to take up comprehensive climate legislation this year, making the case that reform would be a boost for the economy. ... Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are expected to brief a bipartisan group of Members Tuesday on the climate proposal they have been developing for weeks." As of now, what's on the docket are more jobs packages and financial reform.

Democratic political strategist Mark Siegel said this about Nancy Pelosi: "She's Lyndon Johnson in a skirt." The New York Daily News notes that Pelosi is a "San Francisco grandmother, who turns 70 Friday. Siegel continued, "She was patient, tireless, persistent and cajoling -- and she pulled off what no one else could." 
 
"You probably couldn't pick him out of a lineup of two, and for years, he has toiled in obscurity. But this week's Senate debate over a health care reconciliation bill is likely to come down to one mustachioed man -- Parliamentarian Alan Frumin," Roll Call writes. 
 
"Frumin late Monday ruled against a Republican challenge to the health care reconciliation package, a Senate aide confirmed," Roll Call reports. "One down, many more to go," a GOP aide said Monday evening.

Ben Nelson says he'll vote no on the reconciliation package.

The Hill reports that John McCain told an Arizona radio show: "There will be no cooperation for the rest of the year. They have poisoned the well in what they've done and how they've done it."
 
Jim Manley, Harry Reid's spokesman responded: "For someone who campaigned on 'Country First' and claims to take great pride in bipartisanship, it's absolutely bizarre for Senator McCain to tell the American people he is going to take his ball and go home until the next election.  He must be living in some parallel universe because the fact is, with very few exceptions, we've gotten very little cooperation from Senate Republicans in recent years. At a time when our economy is suffering and we're fighting two wars, the American people need Senator McCain and his fellow Republicans to start working with us to confront the challenges facing our country -- not reiterating their constant opposition to helping working families when they need it most."