U.S. House passes "Carcieri" fix

The House passed Wednesday Dec 8, a spending bill that contained the so-called “Carcieri fix” legislation.

The act would reverse the results of 2009 Supreme Court decision, called “Carcieri.”

The author of the House “Carcieri fix,” Rep. Tom Cole, Republican of Oklahoma, had it added months ago to the Interior Department appropriation, which had stalled. But the legislation became part of then $1.1-trillion catch-all “continuing resolution” that the House passed Wednesday to keep financing flowing to federal government agencies.

An opponent, Rep. Frank Wolf, Republican of Virginia, said the measure would lead to “a major expansion of gambling.” But outgoing Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, Democrat of Wisconsin, defended the procedure Cole used to advance the legislation.
It is unclear whether the Senate will take up the House spending resolution because of efforts to keep financing the government by another legislative method. But a key supporter of tribal rights, outgoing Sen. Byron Dorgan, Democrat of North Dakota, is attempting to seek Senate passage of the Carcieri fix over the objections of other senators, including Democrats Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

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