Top Ten Bills

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TOP TEN BILLS….Over at Tapped, Tim Fernholz passes along summaries of the top ten bills the Senate Democratic leadership plans to introduce this month. It starts with S.1, the stimulus bill, and runs down through troubled mortgages, healthcare, climate change, education, immigration, and a few other things. The descriptions are mostly just placeholders and don’t really say much, but it’s still an interesting look at Harry Reid’s priorities.

Perhaps what’s most interesting, though, is what’s not on the list: card check, forcing hedge fund billionaires to pay ordinary taxes on their income (possibly the biggest no-brainer legislation in recent history), military procurement reform of any kind, and serious financial regulation. That’s not to say this stuff won’t come later. But apparently it’s not part of the Top Ten.

UPDATE: A couple of commenters think card check is implied as part of S.2. Maybe so. The wording seems awfully vague if that’s really their intent, but we’ll see.

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