Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 | 11:22 a.m.
WASHINGTON -- Greetings, Early Liners. All eyes turn to the Senate this week after the House’s historic passage of health care reform legislation over the weekend, but actually, not much will be happening there unless you’re able to peer behind the closed doors of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office.
Inside that expansive office, the majority leader continues to work the phones and craft a bill with the blessing of the green shades at the Congressional Budget Office that could win as much support as possible from his caucus.
The Senate's own version of the health care bill could be on the floor by next week -- opening what would be several weeks of debate (with a timeout for Thanksgiving).
Until then, the Senate will continue making its way through the annual spending bills during a short week, with lawmakers scheduled to recess Tuesday night for Veterans Day week recess.
The House is already on recess this week — look for Nevada's lawmakers to make their rounds back in their districts.
If you weren’t glued to C-SPAN over the weekend, you might have missed the one-minute-plus floor speeches by Nevada’s House representatives in the historic health care reform debate.
Both Democratic Rep. Dina Titus and Republican Rep. Dean Heller delivered provocative entries. Titus spoke about the relief that health care reform would bring to small businesses. Heller used his time to say the Democrats wanted to hurry up and pass the bill so they could go home. Rep. Shelley Berkley sent out a release Saturday supporting the bill's passage.
Lots of good reads in the weekend papers. Be sure to check out:
The Sun’s story by David McGrath Schwartz on recall-happy Nevadans.
Timothy Pratt writes in the Sun about the competition governments have from investors as they try to scoop up bargain-priced homes with recovery act funds.
The Associated Press notes that Republican Senate candidate Sue Lowden is facing a barrage of criticism from the Ron Paul people for her handling of last year’s botched state convention.
That’s all for now. Be sure to check back later for all the political news from Nevada.