Thursday, July 14, 2005

Alpo accounts: Not with a bang but a whimper 

Well, it looks like the Republicans won't be able to get their paws on your guaranteed retirement money after all. They're busy busy busy, and they just may not have time:

House leaders said Wednesday that they can't take up a Social Security bill before this fall, dealing a serious blow to any hope that Congress might enact an overhaul of the nation's retirement system this year.

But any House bill would have to be reconciled with any measure passed by the Senate. The House is scheduled to adjourn for the year on Sept. 30, giving it virtually no time to negotiate a final piece of legislation with the Senate.

Bush, who barnstormed [sic] across the country promoting his Social Security plan for months earlier this year [before tickets-only Republican audiences], hasn't mentioned it in more than two weeks.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan rejected suggestions Wednesday that the president was backing off. "It's a high priority for the president, and we continue to work with Congress and urge Congress to move forward to strengthen Social Security," he said.

But with a vacancy on the Supreme Court, Bush will have to focus his time and political muscle over the next two months on winning confirmation for his nominee.
(via Kansas City Star)

What a shame.

Nice to see that Beltway Dem Rapid Response Team taking credit for the victory. Oh, they're not? (And they justifiably could. The Dems did well on this one. So why not stand up for something they did right?)

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