Progressive activists cheered when a reform-minded AG was named the top enforcement officer of the CFPB. That is, those that could muster a huzzah through all the tears. Congress might deprive housing assistance to thousands of low-income Gulf Coast residents because of a clerical error. The Senate finally transcended partisan gridlock by voting overwhelmingly in favor of a tax bill that everyone hates. And even though Wall Street’s behavior makes J. Wellington Wimpy seem like an economic visionary, a group of Republicans tasked with identifying the source of the financial crisis blamed it on the government and poor people. This is HuffPost Hill for Wednesday, December 15th, 2010:
HOUSE PASSES STANDALONE DADT REPEAL BILL…AGAIN – The House of Representatives voted on a bill that would repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell again. After the vote, which was 250-175, the chamber erupted in applause again and Democratic reps, imbued with a deep, warm sense of accomplishment, congratulated themselves on a job well done again. The repeal bill now goes to the Senate for consideration again. While the bill is expected to come to a vote next week, reports indicate that the Senate might not actually be able to pass DADT repeal…again. The House had previously voted on a defense authorization bill that included DADT repeal but that was torpedoed in the Senate.
15 Republicans voted in favor while 15 Democrats voted against.