Friday, September 18, 2009

Legislative Update XXIV

Congress is actually passing stuff again! Though still not health care.

The House of Representatives voted for the biggest overhaul of federal student loan programs since their creation; the measure ends subsidies for private lenders, boosts Pell Grants for needy students and creates grant programs to improve community colleges and college graduation rates. The House also passed a resolution of disapproval for Rep. Joe Wilson's "You lie!" outburst during President Obama's speech to Congress.

The Senate passed a big boost in spending for housing and transportation projects, and to allow guns on Amtrak.

And, yeah, both houses voted to defund ACORN to appease paranoid conservatives.

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