Archive: 2010 November
A congressional report issued November 17 reinforced U.S. accusations that China deliberately keeps its currency weak against the dollar to make its exports cheaper, leading to a huge trade imbalance with the United States. (See “China Currency Policy,” International Debates, November 2010.)
The drive by the Obama Administration to ratify the START Treaty during the Senate’s upcoming lame-duck session took a blow on Tuesday, when Sen. Jon Kyl (AZ-R) released a statement saying that he did not think the Senate would have time to vote on the treaty until the new year.
Congress has a full plate of unfinished business to consider during the lame duck session, which begins November 15, continues for a week, and then resumes after Thanksgiving. Congressional Digest and International Debates have covered many of the issues on this agenda.
Before his re-election as the senior senator from Nevada, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed to bring the DREAM Act to the Senate floor during the lame duck session. The legislation – the full title of which is the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act – would provide higher education opportunities and a path to citizenship to undocumented alien students who were brought to America as minors.