I probably shouldn’t have been, but I was a bit surprised to see this at Kos:
Happy New Year! This is my first blog post on DailyKos, and I’m really looking forward to interacting more with this tremendous community in the coming weeks and months.
Tell me what priorities you want the Senate to focus on.
Here are those first 10 bills:
S.1 — Ethics & lobbying reform
S.2 — Increasing the minimum wage
S.3 — Lowering prescription drug prices for seniors
S.4 — Fully implementing all 9/11 Commission recommendations
S.5 — Expanding stem cell research
S.6 — Developing new technology to promote energy independence
S.7 — Making college more affordable
S.8 — Rebuilding America’s military
S.9 — Immigration reform
S.10 — Reinstating “Pay As You Go” rules for the federal budget
In addition, Senate Democrats will provide aggressive oversight of the Bush Administration’s war in Iraq — keeping our troops safe, stopping war profiteering, and bringing the war to an end as soon as possible.
Help me set the Senate’s agenda — prioritize these important issues now!
As Assistant Majority Leader, part of my responsibility is to work with Majority Leader Harry Reid to manage the flow of legislation on the Senate floor. In these first few weeks of the 110th Congress, we want to make sure we’re focusing on the issues that matter most to all Americans.
Ultimately, we hope to pass all of this legislation, but, here in the more deliberative body of the Senate, it will take time. So, I want to make sure your priorities are our priorities.
Rank the issues that you want the Senate to focus on first!
It’s a new year, a new Congress, and a new opportunity for Democrats to lead. Last year’s campaign is over — now it’s time to govern.
Thanks for being a part of the effort to provide a new direction for America! I look forward to visiting DailyKos often in these exciting coming weeks to discuss the many pressing issues facing America.
— Dick Durbin
UPDATE #2 (3:45pm ET): One last thought. You’ve all raised some very important issues. Some have wondered why certain issues weren’t included in the poll we’re taking at www.dickdurbin.com. Just so you know, we started off with S.1 through S.10, as well as Iraq oversight — but we recognize there is much more work to do. This may be where we’re starting in the Senate — but we’re not going to stop after these first 10 bills.No, they will definitely not be stopping after those first ten bills, so they will need lots more help from their friends at Kos. (Hat tip to Ms. Underestimated via Larwyn.)
Update: Occassionally someone at dKos makes a little bit of sense.