Need to return to regular order

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April 17, 2013 | Blog

NEED TO RETURN TO REGULAR ORDER: Regular order is the process by which bills are supposed to be passed. The next step under regular order in budget talks is to establish  a House-Senate conference committee on the budget — but it doesn't look like that will happen any time soon. Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, says that he wants a framework in place before he agrees to a conference committee:  Erik Wasson for The Hill: Reid, Ryan spar over budget conference

BEHIND THE SCENES: After their plan has been released, more details are coming out about how the gang of eight was able to put together the biggest immigration bill in more than three decades. There were hurdles, including press releases going out without the knowledge of other members, but ultimately, the members of the group said the only way they could get this done was by working together. “There is always tense times in these kinds of things, but there was always a commitment to get things done,” said Sen. John McCain. And when McCain had food poisoning while others were visiting him in Arizona, Sen. Chuck Schumer sat in his office and talked to constituents saying, “You need to have McCain’s back. He is being really brave here, and doing the right thing.” 
FOCUS SHIFTED: After the horrific bombing in Boston this week Washington has shifted its focus away from immigration and the gun debate. "In a striking example of the balancing act, Obama held a Tuesday morning press conference on the bombings and was scheduled to meet later in the afternoon with Sens. McCain and Chuck Schumer of New York on their new immigration bill," writes Beth Reinhard: Beth Reinhard for National Journal: Focus on Gun Control and Immigration Reform Diverted After Boston Bombings
TODAY IN CONGRESS: The Senate is scheduled to convene at 9:30 a.m. and is resuming consideration of the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013. The House is convening at 10 a.m. and will have hearings on the United States Postal Service and additional federal courthouses.
THE DAILY BREAK: Which president had the cutest dog ever? Find out here: Brian Galindo for BuzzFeed: Counting Down The 18 Cutest Presidential Dogs Of All Time
STAT OF THE DAY: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 84 percent of likely U.S. voters are at least somewhat angry at Congress, including 54 percent who are very angry: Rasmussen Reports: 54% Are Very Angry at Congress
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