What Happened in Tuesday Night’s Senate Bill-a-Palooza

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It’s what we’re calling the flurry of legislation that got passed as the Senate ended their session Tuesday night. Hey man, it’s a few days before Christmas break. You’re not getting top-shelf material this week.

 

 

A lot of things happened Tuesday night. The Senate, of all things, decided to not go out not with a whimper, but a bang. It’s weird because, you know, the Senate actually passed legislation for once. Hold on, is this what a working Democracy looks like? I feel strange. Is this what accomplishment feels like? While everyone here tries to wrestle with this feeling, here is a rundown of legislative action that took place Tuesday night.

 

 

A Whole Lot of Judges Got Confirmed

One of the biggest surprises on Tuesday night was the confirmation of 12 judges, bringing the total to 88 judicial nominees being confirmed this year. It’s the most judicial nominees approved since 1994 when Bill Clinton had 99 justices approved. Many are crediting the weakened Senate rules on filibusters for getting that many nominations through this year. That and Senator Ted Cruz, but that’s another story.

 

Tax Breaks for One and All

According to the budget department, the recent tax measures approved Tuesday would add $42 billion to the deficit over the next decade. The 54 tax breaks would benefit multiple individuals and groups including corporations, first-time home owners, rum makers in Puerto Rico, racehorse owners, and many others.

 

No to Terrorism Insurance

Of all the bills that were passed on Tuesday, terrorism insurance was not one of them. As a parting gift to retiring Senator Tom Corburn of Oklahoma, he gave the final shot to the bill decrying that insurance companies have been making profits on this bill while the American people were left paying for the majority of its cost. Senators with major US cities in their states, like Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, not surprisingly supports the bill lamenting that billions in projects and thousands of jobs are now at risk due to it not passing.

 

 

(Photo Credit: Associated Press)

 

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