New & Notable Legislation

Democrats in the Senate want to increase the national debt ceiling to more than $13 trillion, though, as usual, they’re seeking political cover rather than being “transparent.” The Democrat strategy appears to be to add a provision increasing the debt to a must-pass piece of legislation, such as the Defense Department spending bill. That would allow them to “support the troops” while masking their absolute profligacy. The House has already increased the limit above $12.1 trillion, but Senate Democrats figure they should just ask for more now rather than revisiting the issue again before the 2010 elections.

Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) has proposed legislation to regulate the volume of commercials on television. The Federal Communications Commission already prohibits commercials being broadcast at “louder volumes than the program material they accompany,” and the organization that sets technical standards for television broadcasters, the Advanced Television Systems Committee, is on the job getting such technology voluntarily implemented. Why let the industry fix itself when government can save the day?

The Senate voted to expand so-called hate crime protections to those with gender-disorientation pathology Thursday and the bill now heads to the White House for Obama’s signature. You used to be able to get a penny for your thoughts. Now it’ll be a few years in prison.

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