Frank Lautenberg

Toxic Substances Bill Filibuster-Proof ... When It Can Get to the Floor

Durbin (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Whenever the Senate gets around to debating an overhaul of a toxic substance law, there will be 60 votes. But getting to the point of floor consideration has been complicated by the lack of a reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.  

Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., announced their intent to sign on as co-sponsors of the agreement Friday, bringing the total number to 60, according to Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico, the lead Democrat on the bill spearheaded on the Republican side by Louisiana GOP Sen. David Vitter.  

Remembering Frank Lautenberg, One Year Later

It has now been one year since the Senate lost its last sitting member to serve in World War II.  

As our David Hawkings notes in today's Roll Call, there will be no more World War II veterans serving on either side of the Rotunda come the next Congress.