Reid backing down on EnvirOmnibus?

posted at 10:55 am on December 21, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Two weeks ago, word got out that Harry Reid would attempt to push an environmental omnibus bill in the lame-duck session, a bill filled with federal land grabs and new regulations as a way to address a constituency that the Democrats had largely ignored over the last two years.  Today, Politico reports in its Morning Energy report that Reid has conceded defeat and will withdraw the bill:

After rolling out a public lands, water and wildlife omnibus Friday afternoon, Harry Reid yesterday abandoned his effort to pass the massive package this year. He will instead work with committee leaders to see which provisions could still advance this session if bundled into smaller packages, a spokeswoman said yesterday.

Reid pitched his omnibus – a bundle of 70-plus measures that would expand conservation measures on federal lands and waterways – as a non-controversial batch of bipartisan bills. But Jim Inhofe and other Senate Republicans demanded the package get more time for review, and House Natural Resources Chairman-elect Doc Hastings vowed to battle the bill in the House.

Some of the proposals were indeed bipartisan, and even Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) announced that he could support those as separate bills.  Reid, though, wanted to use those broadly-attractive components to pass a slew of controversial proposals along with the more rational components.  In the end, as I predicted two weeks ago, the bill attracted the most common denominator of opposition rather than support, especially in the wake of the midterms.

Practically speaking, that just leaves the Senate with two major items in the lame-duck session: START and the budget.  Reid and Mitch McConnell have already agreed to a continuing resolution that will extend current-level spending through mid-March.  That has to pass today, as the latest CR runs out at midnight tonight.  With the votes appearing to line up for START, the Senate could adjourn by tomorrow or Thursday and put an end to this miserable lame-duck session.


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As crr6 would say: LOL!

Bishop on December 21, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Count it!

mankai on December 21, 2010 at 11:01 AM

The Census results are about to come out now!

Apologetic California on December 21, 2010 at 11:04 AM

With the votes appearing to line up for START, the Senate could adjourn by tomorrow or Thursday and put an end to this miserable lame-duck session.

Unless Democrats want to ram through some more horrid legislation, at which point get-along Republicans will rush back to Washington to vote in favor.

amerpundit on December 21, 2010 at 11:04 AM

With the votes appearing to line up for START, the Senate could adjourn by tomorrow or Thursday and put an end to this miserable lame-duck session.

Miserable for whom? Certainly not the giddy liberals/Dems that have seen almost everything on their wishlist passed with this Congress. It is certainly miserable for a GOP base that fought hard to deliver a historic victory to the GOP in the midterms and what is their payment – same old feckless leaders and members that lost them the White House and Congress back in power once again.

After ramming down most of the liberal agenda in this congress in a most partisan way, expect the Dems to start talking bipartisanship in the next congress. That will keep the ball rolling and government still growing until another Dem congress takes over.

TheRightMan on December 21, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Maybe our “beloved” Republicans will be given a backbone for Christmas…then we can start the new session and repeal these hideous intrusions on our liberty.

Hey, one can dream.

search4truth on December 21, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Unless Democrats want to ram through some more horrid legislation, at which point get-along Republicans will rush back to Washington to vote in favor.
amerpundit on December 21, 2010 at 11:04 AM

I totally agree, Amerpundit. Harry Reek should proceed full speed ahead; no reason to quit now — not with our glorious Republicans standing ready, willing and able to assist his ambitious lame-o duck agenda.

FlameWarrior on December 21, 2010 at 11:08 AM

a bill filled with federal land grabs

How much land is enough for the Government?

http://www.calinst.org/bulletins/b1115h.htm

fourdeucer on December 21, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Why couldn’t they do this before? I mean why wait for a lame duck session?

tomas on December 21, 2010 at 11:14 AM

The Census results are about to come out now!

Apologetic California on December 21, 2010 at 11:04AM

Apologetic California:Here ya go!
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canopfor on December 21, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Senator Back Down. Hope the Dems keep him as their leader.

Hummer53 on December 21, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Two weeks ago, word got out that Harry Reid would attempt to push an environmental omnibus bill in the lame-duck session, a bill filled with federal land grabs and new regulations
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This is beyond nuts,American Freedoms are being
ahem,p*ssed upon!(sarc).

canopfor on December 21, 2010 at 11:20 AM

If Republican senators gave Reid the finger and went home today, could any of this garbage get through?

This entire lame duck session is a travesty and a national disgrace.

CantCureStupid on December 21, 2010 at 11:21 AM

At some point, I really think you’ve bought enough land.

j_galt on December 21, 2010 at 11:22 AM

308,745,538, America’s official official Census population in 2010.

Apologetic California on December 21, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Michigan had the largest decline in population -0.6%

Apologetic California on December 21, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Texas has gained 4 seats. All the gainers except NV are Red states.

Apologetic California on December 21, 2010 at 11:28 AM

*Well, Red except for Washington and Florida. But then FL is pretty red.

Apologetic California on December 21, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Why do these fools always try to make their major eco-warming moves in the middle of the coldest days of the year? I remember the Montreal eco-worship global warming conference when frigid temps world wide forced them to create the lie that global cooling is also proof of warming and it suddenly became climate change…soon to become a form of pollution, and they’re not even embarrassed -red, in their hearts, but not embarassed.

I guess it works, because there’s always enough fools that’ll believe whatever they tell them to believe. It’s a darned shame that the Brooklyn Bridge has already been sold. I could make a killing.

Don L on December 21, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Right now the Republicans in the Senate are guaranteeing the BO will be re-elected and re-elected big and that the GOP will not retake the Senate for a generation.

Jdripper on December 21, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Darn, this bill could have provided a lot of shovel ready jobs installing locked gates on more wilderness lands so we could gaze from afar lands that we used to be able to enter and enjoy.

Kissmygrits on December 21, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Really, I don’t think the lame duck went nearly as bad as some are making it out to be.

The election was supposed to be about spending. DADT has nothing to do with spending and was going through via the courts or the congress, I’d rather it’s congress. It has the support of the top brass… it was going to happen one way or another and I think that it is underestimated that front-line gay Marines will have enough to worry about without openly outing themselves and making their own lives more difficult. I think that whole thing is overblown. To me a gay front-line Marine is going to self-police and won’t being coming out of the closet on the battlefield.

I’m not a foreign policy expert but it seems like the main worry with START is that it is vague enough that the Russians will complain about missle defense. If it’s so vague then in 2 years our new Administration can tell them to pound sand. I’m annoyed at the constant rush to get things done but at the very least START has been delayed enough that Reid didn’t have time or Political Capital to push all the other garbage.

We probably could have gotten a better deal on the tax cut bill next session, but at what cost to the economy in the meantime? It’s a stop-gap until we can get the new blood in there to start making the real cuts. Also, just having O admit that keeping the taxes at present levels would help the economy and seeing the reactions from the progs was priceless. If you told people six months ago that we’d get to keep all of the Bush tax cuts we would have been pleased.

They killed DREAM, killed the omnibus spending package, and killed this enviro spending package. And they are not being timid about letting FCC, EPA, etc that they are over-stepping their mandate.

We have a long way to go but people seem to be aware of what is happening and the death of omnibus anything should be the first step towards righting this country.

SittingDeadRed on December 21, 2010 at 12:02 PM

miserable lame-duck session

Miserable? They screwed around and didn’t get much done. That’s a win in my book.

misterpeasea on December 21, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Just more evidence of what a failed leader Harry Reid is. Thank Goodness!

bopbottle on December 21, 2010 at 12:11 PM

How much land is enough for the Government?

fourdeucer on December 21, 2010 at 11:13 AM

As much as it takes to collateralize the national debt.

petefrt on December 21, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Michigan had the largest decline in population -0.6%

Apologetic California on December 21, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Liberals fleeing to Canada while Detroit and Wayne County Dem pols are reporting to prison.

Yoop on December 21, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Someone please drive a stake through the heart of this lame duck!

jnelchef on December 21, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Someone please drive a stake through the heart of this lame duck!

jnelchef on December 21, 2010 at 1:26 PM

I agree!..:)

Dire Straits on December 21, 2010 at 1:29 PM

the Senate could adjourn by tomorrow or Thursday and put an end to this miserable lame-duck session.

this session has already gone wayyy too long….

ted c on December 21, 2010 at 1:53 PM

At some point, I really think you’ve bought enough land.

j_galt on December 21, 2010 at 11:22 AM

+10
The feds are never done with their land acquisitioon schemes, however.

This is in my backyard.

Badger40 on December 21, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Give all Federal lands back to the States! Unless it is for the Military, Federal Court, Law Enforcement or the Post Office, it is wrong minded.

(and let’s privatize the Post Office.)

barnone on December 21, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Reid will probably break off the more significant chunks of the Omnibus, wait until Sunday or Sunday next and quickly and quietly offer them up in an offhand procedural vote that’s scheduled for a voice vote. He’ll rush it through and pass one or two while the Repubs are trying to figure out if they are where they think they are on the agenda.

Isn’t that how the Food “Safety” Bill got through?

Jason Coleman on December 22, 2010 at 1:48 AM

I think there should be a law requiring a vote on each provision in a bill. Nothing should be allowed to be snuck into these things. How can they be so underhanded? Bundling all this together is a form of corruption!

Yes legislation would be slower but worth it for the crap that wouldn’t get passed.

petunia on December 22, 2010 at 2:50 AM