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Congress: Senate to vote on manufacturing measure

“Senate Democrats are moving forward with a vote on legislation they say will restrict the ability of U.S. companies to move jobs overseas, even as Republicans decry the legislation as mere election-year posturing,” The Hill reports. “Democratic leaders are not optimistic they will achieve the 60-vote total needed to break a filibuster and bring the bill up for a final vote. The cloture vote is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.”

“Lawmakers are largely ignoring an Obama administration shopping list as they ready a stopgap spending bill to avoid a government shutdown at week's end. Republicans are insisting the measure be kept clean of additional spending sought by the administration, such as federal grants to better-performing schools and more than $4 billion to pay off settlements of long-standing lawsuits by black farmers and American Indians,” per the AP. “The Senate could pass the measure as early as Wednesday and the House could clear it for President Barack Obama's signature before the budget year ends at midnight Thursday.”

Not-so-lame duck? “Democrats are considering cramming as many as 20 pieces of legislation into the lame-duck session they plan to hold after the Nov. 2 election,” The Hill reports. “The array of bills competing for floor time shows the sense of urgency among Democratic lawmakers to act before the start of the 112th Congress, when Republicans are expected to control more seats in the Senate and House.”

“Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a rare appearance before a meeting of Democratic committee chairmen last week to make a direct, pre-election appeal for cash,” Roll Call reports. “The California Democrat used the session to chide the senior lawmakers for not doing enough to try to maintain the majority; she said the bulk of them — two-thirds — have yet to meet their Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dues goals for the cycle. ‘She said, ‘Your money was budgeted for; you owe us this money,’ according to a Democratic lobbyist familiar with the meeting.”

“While their leaders have discouraged House Republicans from publicly talking about a GOP takeover in November, some senior Members are already lobbying for the party to relax its term limits for Members in top committee positions,” Roll Call reports. “After the Republican takeover in 1994, the party established six-year term limits for committee chairmen, a policy that Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) said earlier this year he intends to uphold.”