Skip to comments.Morning Examiner: Red state Senate Dems face tough early votes (Gun control, debt limit, amnesty)
Posted on 01/08/2013 2:39:40 PM PST by Red Steel
I think you need to put everything on the table, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D, told ABC News George Stephanopoulos this past Sunday, but what I hear from the administration and if the Washington Post is to be believed thats way, way in extreme of what I think is necessary or even should be talked about. And its not going to pass.
The Washington Post article Heitkamp was referring to, reported that President Obama would soon seek to pass legislation that would require universal background checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, strengthen mental health checks, and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors. And Obama wants all of this by the end of January according to The Boston Herald.
While this ambitious agenda and timing may be music to blue state Democrat ears, it can only be a headache for red state Democrats like Heitkamp and she isnt even up for reelection this cycle. A total of seven Democratic Senators from states that Mitt Romney carried in 2012 are up for election in 2014. And six of those Senators (Sens. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, Mark Pryor, D-Ark., Mary Landrieu, D-La., Max Baucus, D-Mont., Tim Johnson, D-S.D., and Jay Rockefeler, D-W.V.) hail from states that Romney carried by double-digits. Only North Carolinas Kay Hagan will face an electorate that Obama came close to winning in 2012 (Romney +2) and the only other Democrat on the ballot statewide in 2012 lost by 11.
And gun control is not the only issue Obama and Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will ask red state Democrats to take tough votes on. If Obama is serious about not negotiating over the debt limit, then the Senate is going to have to pass a debt limit hike without any mitigating spending cuts sometime before March. Then there is the amnesty for 11 million illegal immigrants that Obama promised to address this month too.
Gun control, debt limit, amnesty
that is not an agenda red state Dems want to take home to states dominated by conservative voters.
Yes, this move by the lefties in DC could backfire and cause the Dems to lose the Senate and lose further ground in the House.
Not a good time to actually vote on silly gun restrictions when the leftist gun control folks are a bit out of their minds.
Wait until everybody calms down and look at this in depth and then respond with reasonable legislation if any. You will always have some on the left that are looking for a way to get bad legislation passed (never let a crisis go to waste), but this has to be ignored and delayed.
It is never a good time to pass emotional legislation. Let time pass and look at the problem rather than the object. Let common sense apply - a rather unknown reaction in the Congress these days.
The text of the legislation is here:
...where in the HELL is that HTML bootcamp page?
Anyway, they always dress their crap up in a pretty package, "To prevent children's access to firearms" - and then load in their effluent.
I thought healthcare was gonna be a tough vote for some of the Dems. How’d that work out for us?
Dims don’t have big majorities in either House as they did the first 2 years of the Obama Administration.
I thought healthcare was gonna be a tough vote for some of the Dems. Howd that work out for us?
The electorate has an attention span of two weeks. They could vote to create death camps for kittens and, as long as there were two weeks left before the election, it would be overwritten in the voters minds by a good photo op. (My cat has a longer attention span than a low information voter.)
I’m sure they’ll all fall in line with their supreme ruler just like they do on everything else. Obama will make them offers they can’t refuse. You know, the usual. They are all cowards who serve their king rather than the American people.
If Virginia could elect a jerk like Kaine then I have no hope.
Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor Votes No To Repeal ObamaCare
Sen. Mark Pryor
Votes to the Left of Liberal
Bill Smith, Editor: Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor joined other liberal democrats in voting against repealing the federal health care law (Obamacare) which has been declared unconstitutional and void. The vote was on amendment offered to the FAA Re-authorization bill by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) which was identical to the text of the House-passed bill (H.R. 2) to repeal the Democrats health care law. At last count the vote was 47 Yes and 51 No on the amendment.
Four hours prior to the vote, Senator Pryor responded as follows via email to my request for him to vote to repeal the bill. Note that his email response even promoted a non-government website:
February 2, 2011
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Smith,
Thank you for contacting me regarding health care reform. I appreciate hearing from you.
On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) into law. Since being signed into law, PPACA has helped over 43,000 Arkansas seniors who fall in the “donut hole” afford their medicines and provided tax credits to small businesses in Arkansas that offer health coverage to employees. It has also prohibited insurance companies from placing lifetime limits on coverage, ensuring that 1.4 million Arkansans who have private insurance are not abandoned when they need health coverage the most.
While the passage of health care reform was a step in the right direction for making health care more affordable and expanding access to health care in rural America, there is still work to be done. I will continue to consider changes and improvements to PPACA as implementation moves forward. Please know that I will continue to work to ensure that health coverage is available to and affordable for all Americans.
Again, thank you for contacting me. I value your input. Please do not hesitate to contact me or my office regarding this or any other matter of concern to you.
United States Senate
Feb 03 2011
Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor Votes To Block Obamacare Repeal
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 3, 2011
Pryor Votes To Block Obamacare Repeal
Webb says Pryor is out of step with Arkansas
Little Rock, Ark. Republican Party of Arkansas (RPA) Chairman Doyle Webb issued the following statement after U.S. Senate Democrats, including Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR), voted 51-47 to block the repeal of Obamacare Wednesday:
Yesterday Senator Mark Pryor voted to defend a law that destroys freedom of choice, raises the cost of health care, and has been declared unconstitutional by two federal judges. Senator Pryor cast a vote to oppress individual liberty, despite the fact Arkansas four Congressmen recently voted in a bi-partisan manner to repeal the harmful law.
We applaud Senator John Boozman for defending individual freedom, listening to Arkansans and voting to repeal Obamacare.
Senator Pryors blatant disregard for the overwhelming majority of Arkansans who object to all or some of the Presidents health care law demonstrates he is largely out of step with Arkansas values.
Yeah, that’ll make a big difference to them. They’ve got their lifetime pension and healthcare, and fortunes they’ve somehow, gosh I wonder how, managed to acquire while in office.
From your link on Thomas:
“Sponsor: Rep Jackson Lee, Sheila [TX-18] (introduced 1/3/2013)”
“Latest Major Action: 1/3/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.”
Obama coattails, we will get him next time around. We probably will knock off his big brother Mark Warner in 2014. He is one of the Senators on this list
That bill is as good as dead then, Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) is the Judiciary Committee Chairman
We had a candidate who couldn’t attack Obamacare because of Masscare.
I thought so.
Did not know about Bob, but it makes sense.
Oh how I despise the Leftist vermin who are gloating about dismembering this nation.
Fat ass Mark Pryor has never had a real job in his life.
Anybody know if that bonehead Sen. Jon Tester has said anything? I understand he has a poor rating with the NRA. Hard to believe he was even elected in Montana.
It lools like those Montana Dim senators are keeping their mouths shut.