No Crime Bills Among Initial Top Ten Bills for Senate

American Prospect received a copy of the first ten bills that Sen. Harry Reid will seek to have passed in the Senate.

There's not a crime bill among them.

Democrats now control both houses of Congress with a Democratic president -- for the first time in 16 years.

The House stands at 256 to 178 with one vacancy. If Al Franken is sworn in, Dems will hold 59 seats in the Senate.

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    There was a lot of hand-wringing today (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 06, 2009 at 09:33:49 PM EST
    in the next cubicle at work about how Obama was going to take their guns away his first day in office. I didn't see that on the list for 2009. Maybe they'll get around to it in 2010.

    I was laughing to myself because their favorite gun dealers are really fueling that rumor - "better buy guns 'now now now' because you won't be able to once Onama takes office!!!" and these guys are falling for it.  Gun dealers might be the only ones doing well in this economy.

    Hand ringing over guns gets (none / 0) (#7)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Jan 07, 2009 at 11:01:29 AM EST
    comical.  My cousin married a hobby collector who also likes to make some money at it when he can.  His favorite day is the day a new Democratic President takes office.  The price of guns increases as gun toting conservatives beat the guns are going away drums.  I suppose he'll make a fresh mint this go around.  He said he did with Clinton.

    This is the agenda (none / 0) (#1)
    by andgarden on Tue Jan 06, 2009 at 09:24:23 PM EST
    that Democrats can campaign on anywhere. Hopefully it won't be all they do.

    One interesting little item on the agenda (none / 0) (#3)
    by Alien Abductee on Tue Jan 06, 2009 at 10:42:25 PM EST
    New House rules to force testimony from Miers, Bolten, Mukasey, and...Rove:

    Technically, Miers and Bolten were in contempt of the 110th Congress. But with its adjournment, the 110th Congress no longer exists, so there's nothing to be in contempt of, nor any plaintiff in the lawsuit. The courts had indicated that this might give them cause to moot the whole case and drop it. But the Rules package specifically authorizes the Judiciary Committee in the new 111th Congress to continue the suit. And we had earlier word that the 111th was considering reissuing those subpoenas...

    In addition, it authorizes the Judiciary Committee and General Counsel to add as a party to the lawsuit any individual subpoenaed by the Committee in the 110th Congress who failed to comply...

    In other words, Rove--and Michael Mukasey, who refused to turn over documents particularly relating to the Siegelman prosecution--is about to get added to HJC's lawsuit forcing him to testify before HJC in the 111th Congress.

    I'm sure (none / 0) (#4)
    by weltec2 on Wed Jan 07, 2009 at 03:44:12 AM EST
    that Nancy Pelosi will make sure that no one digs too deeply into any criminal activity in the Bush administration.

    Is is a little unusual (none / 0) (#5)
    by Edger on Wed Jan 07, 2009 at 05:57:11 AM EST
    to have a democratic controlled house with a republican speaker, isn't it. Impeachment should be not much of a problem, one would think.

    No drug law reforms... (none / 0) (#6)
    by kdog on Wed Jan 07, 2009 at 09:06:02 AM EST
    or anything to increase/restore individual liberty.  Bummer.

    The Fiscal Responsibility Act looks somewhat promising, not that I have any faith that the bill would have any real teeth as far as "pay as you go" goes.  But we shall see.

    It's a very good beginning (none / 0) (#8)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Jan 07, 2009 at 11:03:25 AM EST
    to mending so much broken.