A divided Congress will collide in 2011
With a Republican majority looking to reverse key
"I expect it to be contentious," Sherman said on election night, as he breezed past Republican opponent Mark Reed to earn his eighth term representing the west San Fernando Valley.
"I think one of the first problems will be in February or March," he said. "That will be the time at which the debt limit will need to be increased."
In recent years, both the Bush and Obama administrations have sought increases in the debt limit, a move that is necessary for the
Observers say global markets would be rattled and the federal government would face a spike in the interest it pays on its obligations if the limit isn't increased.
"Traditionally, the majority party is supposed to put up the votes to do that," Sherman said. "But those who wish to get
Incoming House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-
"Unless there is a real demand for compromise from voters of the country,
Sherman joins foes of trade imbalance
At least one legislative priority for Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) might get better play with Republican control of the
Sherman, who is on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has proposed
Sherman has criticized China for encouraging the gaping trade imbalance between the two nations and shaping monetary policy to make matters more lopsided.
The legislation may remain a long shot, but Sherman said the change of leadership might give it more serious consideration.
"I think we'll have very interesting hearings of the Foreign Affairs Committee because (incoming chair)
He credited former Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Rep.
"Howard has been a leader and a partner in trying to put sanctions in Iran, and Ileana is at least as strong," Sherman said.
Schiff looks to middle for bipartisan bill
"I served my first six years in the minority, and found I could still get things done," he said. "The important thing is to find a bipartisan way to get the economy moving, which unquestionably is the top priority for the American people."
Schiff said the shift in leadership would not change the odds for one of his bills, a measure that would allow investigators of terror cases more leeway to interrogate suspects before offering a Miranda warning. Schiff was hoping to bridge the gap between those seeking evidence of a specific crime and investigators looking to gain broader intelligence on terrorism plots.
Controversy has erupted over the proper handling of suspects, including
"That legislation, frankly, has gathered support in the middle of the political spectrum but has opposition from the right and left," Schiff said. "I'm not sure if I can thread that needle."
Antonovich stands up for furry friends
Each week since 1995, at the start of the supervisors' meeting, Antonovich presents a pet needing adoption.
So far, Antonovich said, he is batting 1.000.
"Every one of our animals, over 1,200, have been adopted," he said.
County employees have been particularly welcoming, he said.
Antonovich, who has three doxies — Angel, Honey and Popcorn — said it was easy to decide to champion the effort.
"I always had dogs and cats growing up," he said. "Then looking at the problems we had with unwanted animals, I knew we needed homes for them."
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