Snowe to Reid: Cancel recess and begin work on major issues now
Apr 26, 2012 | 219 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE - ST. JOHN VALLEY – U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine, a senior member of the Senate Finance and Commerce Committees and Ranking Member of the Small Business Committee, today called on Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) to cancel the next recess and instruct the Senate committees to begin debating, marking up, and reporting bills on the major issues of the day now, not after the election in a lame duck session.

Specifically, Senator Snowe urged the Majority Leader to ensure the Senate is prepared with thoroughly vetted proposals considered by the committees of jurisdiction regarding tax extenders, the 2001 and 2003 tax provisions, the physician repayment rate, appropriations bills, the planned sequester, and another debt limit increase. All measures will need to be confronted by the Senate by the end of 2012.

In her letter, Senator Snowe said “I am writing today because, as you know, there are a number of legislative issues, including tax extenders, the 2001 and 2003 tax provisions, the physician repayment rate, appropriations bills, the planned sequester, and another debt limit increase that the Senate will be confronting in the lame-duck session at the end of 2012. It will be essential that we are prepared for this session with thoroughly vetted, well thought-out proposals that have been considered by the appropriate committees of the Senate.

“We have sufficient time over the next months to consider the array of options rather than relegating these issues to the lame-duck session with last-minute, poorly thought-out measures assembled by just a relative few. By laying the groundwork now, the committees of jurisdiction can have a thorough, transparent, and accountable process in accordance with the traditions of the Senate. In that light, I urge you to forego the upcoming recess, and instead instruct the committees of jurisdiction to begin their work.”