“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has made it clear that he will not schedule a vote on President Obama’s jobs package until after the upper chamber moves a China currency bill that the administration does not support,” The Hill writes. “Reid is wielding a significant amount of leverage with the White House on the China legislation, which is unlikely to be signed into law in the 112th Congress. Yet passing the bill through the Senate — which is expected to happen next month — would help Democratic incumbents on the campaign trail, where China-bashing usually resonates.”
“A senator who opposes federal regulation on philosophical grounds is single-handedly blocking legislation that would strengthen safety rules for oil and gas pipelines, a bill that even the pipeline industry and companies in his own state support,” AP writes. “Republican Senator Rand Paul’s opposition to the bill has not wavered even after a gas pipeline rupture last week shook people awake in three counties in his home state of Kentucky.”
“GOP control of the House has shown that governing is more difficult than writing a book. And the public’s growing anger at Congress raises questions about what the political effect of the Young Guns will be,” Roll Call writes.
“Reps. Henry Waxman (Calif.), senior Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), the ranking member of the panel's Oversight subcommittee, claim Republicans have ‘singled out’ the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) ‘as part of a Republican vendetta against an organization that provides family planning and other medical care to low-income women and men,’” The Hill writes.