For instance, the blueprint provided to Republicans also included a section reauthorizing the USA PATRIOT Act, which Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has pushed Reid to include, GOP and Democratic aides said. Republicans said that and other measures unrelated to jobs should not be included and that if Reid insists on pushing the legislation through as a massive catch-all for Democratic priorities rather than a narrow jobs bill, the bipartisan spirit will quickly extinguish. Its hard to sympathize with that approach, the GOP operative said, complaining that Reid has allowed his chairmen to exercise too much influence over the bill.
He gives his chairmen a lot of leash and they push the legislation in a different direction than he wants, the operative said.
From left, Lisa Peng, daughter of Peng Ming, Grace Ge Geng, daughter of Gao Zhisheng, and Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang, hold pictures of their imprisoned fathers during a House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building titled “Their Daughters Appeal to Beijing: ‘Let Our Fathers Go!’”
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.