Inside the House: Waiting to Tango
This week, the House is waiting to tango on funding the government. Its legislative partner, the Senate, does not appear serious about funding the government and cutting spending, let alone blocking liberal policies. The legislative calendar is light, as they wait for the Senate to act and top negotiator Vice President Biden to return from Europe.
The House will consider two financial services bills that deal with TARP-era foreclosure programs. Specifically, one bill will deal with an FHA program and the other with an element of the Dodd-Frank bill. Both bills will be considered under an open rule, with the potential they will roll over into next week.
For conservatives, the House action is encouraging. Rather than sit around and wait for the Senate or negotiate with themselves, they are tackling important issues related to spending and the proper role of government.