Sen. Mary Landrieu makes a statement Tuesday during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security markup of the fiscal 2012 Homeland Security appropriations bill.
Additionally, conservative activists outside of the House could also put significant pressure on their ideological brethren to ignore the budget deal and demand further cuts. “I think there will be some angst amongst grass-roots activists over that. ... But I think it’s too soon to tell” whether it will become a full-blown problem for leadership, a conservative activist said Tuesday.
Another possible route could be a stand-alone emergency supplemental spending bill. Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) said he is exploring how best to provide the disaster funding.
The question of a separate disaster bill is also a political one, given Senate Democratic leaders are gaming out whether it might be advantageous to confront Republicans on a clean disaster measure, rather than one muddied by other federal spending.
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.