HUFFPOST HILL – 112th Congress Back-And-Forth Begins

The unemployment rate might be nearing double digits but Hill types are doing just fine. Kit Bond and Ron Klain are leaving their government jobs. All correspondences will henceforth be forwarded to the supple bosom of the private sector. Th…

The unemployment rate might be nearing double digits but Hill types are doing just fine. Kit Bond and Ron Klain are leaving their government jobs. All correspondences will henceforth be forwarded to the supple bosom of the private sector. The National Journal is taking it upon itself to be the second stimulus. And Arlen Specter is scrubbing the male-enhancement jokes from his stand-up routine in preparation for his law school lectures. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Tuesday, January 4th, 2011:

HOUSE REPUBLICANS BLOCK REPEAL BILL AMENDMENTS – The House Republican initiative that would roll back health care reform — tentatively called the That Legislation Totally BLOWS And, Not For Nothing, We Hear John Dingell Has Terrible Coffee Breath Bill Act Measure — is slated for a vote Friday. At his first pen-and-pad today, Eric Cantor indicated that the GOP leadership will not allow Democratic amendments to the bill. Greg Sargent notes that this jams up “Rep. Peter Welch and other Democrats [who] are hoping to introduce amendments to the GOP’s health repeal bill that would exempt specific provisions in the Affordable Care Act from the GOP’s repeal measure.” So could Republican leadership have better coordinated all this so that Mitch McConnell’s op-ed assailing anti-amendment “tree-filling” by Democrats didn’t run the same day??? Looks like the right and doesn’t know what the far ri…never mind. [WaPo]

Howard Fineman scoops Obama’s chief-of-staff shortlist. It goes in this order: “Acting Chief of Staff Pete Rouse, former Clinton Commerce Secretary Bill Daley, former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle and — a dark horse candidate — Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack.” [HuffPost]

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