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Today, the House passed the CLEAN Energy Act, 264-163, with 36 Republicans crossing party lines to support the bill, and only 4 Dems voting against.
And yesterday, the College Student Relief Act passed 356-71, with 124 Republicans crossing over.
That completes the House Dems' First 100 Hours agenda, with 58 legislative working hours left to spare.
More work has been done for people in 100 hours than the previous conservative Congress did in two years.
However, as has become obvious, the Republican minority has the numbers to kill popular legislation in the Senate, and Democrats may respond to that by cutting weak deals.
But Dem Senators should take heed of the House vote totals. Every bill commands wide public support, and attracted significant GOP votes.
Senate Dems have the clear upper hand, and should stand firm with the House and the people.
In all likelihood, survival instinct will kick in on the GOP side, and enough will support the First 100 Hours agenda to get it to the president's desk.
Or, if Republicans block passage, they will be the ones who will face the wrath of the voters, not those who heeded the public will.
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Jerome Ringo, president of the Apollo Alliance, sent the following to supporters today:
Tomorrow, the new House leaders will take on our Big Oil energy policy. They will take a long overdue first step toward real, sustainable energy independence.
And the best part: it won't cost us a dime. Instead, the House plans to pay for it by reversing the $14 billion handout that previous Congresses lavished on Big Oil.
But taking on Big Oil won't be easy. We need a massive vote in the House tomorrow to gain momentum going into the Senate. For that we need your help. more »
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