Analysis –

Will the health care debate start next week? Everyone is asking the question, but no one seems to have the answer. Rumors will continue to dominate the discussion until Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) takes some concrete action. In the midst of health care speculation, the Senate will consider the nomination of Judge David Hamilton, a controversial nominee who boldly embraces the “empathy” standard.

Major Floor Action –

  • The Senate will continue debate on the Military Construction and Veterans Appropriation bill (H.R.3082). A vote on final passage is likely.
  • Last week, Senator Reid filed cloture on Judge David Hamilton, setting up a vote early this week. Some conservatives have expressed serious concerns over Hamilton’s judicial philosophy.

Major Committee Action –