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  • Democrats demand better protections for transgender illegal immigrant children

    12/16/2014 9:49:42 AM PST · by dennisw · 23 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Monday, December 15, 2014 | By Stephen Dinan
    Dozens of congressional Democrats asked federal health officials Monday to take extra steps to protect gay illegal immigrant children from abuse while they’re in custody, including ensuring that transgender children are housed with the sex they identify as. Saying reports of mistreatment “continue to emerge” from federal facilities, the lawmakers asked the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of Refugee Resettlement to improve care for the tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children who streamed across the border over the last year, and who are still coming, though in smaller numbers. “We request ORR to work with providers to ensure...
  • House, Senate GOP Leaders Gearing Up to Increase Guest-Worker Permits

    12/15/2014 9:02:05 PM PST · by Ray76 · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Dec 12, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Top Republican leaders in the House and Senate are gearing up to push legislation in the next Congress that would increase the number of foreign guest-workers even in industries that do not need them. They are hoping such legislation would "open the door" to a broader comprehensive immigration bill.
  • Rubio, Ros-Lehtinen Banned From Nicaragua

    12/14/2014 6:55:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 08:44 PM | Greg Richter
    Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has banned two American lawmakers from his country after they helped push through legislation last week to ban Venezuelan officials from the United States. “Just like they [U.S. officials] have their lists, we can make our own lists in Latin America of those who shouldn’t enter our country,” Ortega told Costa Rica’s Tico Times. Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen laughed off Ortega’s ban, The Miami Herald reported. …
  • Wow: Congress Cuts Military Pay, Opens Entitlements for Illegals!

    12/14/2014 7:42:08 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 58 replies
    Conserviative Daily ^ | 12/14/14 | Joe Otto
    John Boehner and the rest of the GOP RINO establishment didn’t have enough Conservative votes to pass their $1.1 TRILLION budget. That’s because while these so-called “Republicans” criticized Obama’s amnesty in public, their budget completely funded it. More than 60 Republicans voted against the spending bill, forcing Boehner to get approximately 50 Democrats to vote for it. GOP leaders blocked any anti-amnesty amendments and allowed the bill to proceed without any mention of Obama’s amnesty. That means that newly “legalized” illegal aliens will begin receiving working papers and become eligible for Social Security and Medicare as soon as they come...
  • Matt Drudge says spending bill passed because NSA has 'dirt' on John Boehner

    12/14/2014 3:35:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 169 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/14/14 | Eddie Scarry
    Matt Drudge of the influential Drudge Report news aggregation site expressed discontent over a federal spending bill that passed with votes from both Republicans and Democrats in the House. The $1.1 trillion spending bill that runs through September 2015 is now up for a vote in the Democratically-led Senate. Many conservatives, including Drudge, are upset that the bill funds both Obamacare and President Obama's immigration executive orders. "Obama got EVERYTHING," Drudge tweeted Friday. "NSA dirt on Boehner must be incredible. Chicago wins."
  • Congress Approves $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill That Leaves Obama’s Immigration Reforms Intact

    12/14/2014 3:39:54 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 100 replies
    SF CBS/local ^ | December 13, 2014 | AP
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  • With little help from GOP, Ted Cruz corners Harry Reid to make a point conservatives will remember

    12/14/2014 8:41:06 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | December 14, 2014 | Tom Tillison
    When you take a stand on principle in the unprincipled world of Washington, D.C., you’re sure to upset a lot of people, as U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz found out Saturday when he forced a vote on the constitutionality of President Obama’s overreaching executive order on immigration. In a move that pitted Cruz in a head-to-head matchup with outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, the Texas senator prevailed in getting a point-of-order vote on whether Obama’s action was constitutional, before the Senate passed a massive $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. Cruz would lose that vote overwhelmingly — 22 to...
  • Cromnibus Betrayal

    12/14/2014 10:53:49 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/14./14 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    Democrats and Republicans alike are protecting the power structure at all costs, even if it means voting against their platform, and against the United States Constitution they took an oath to protect and defend. Sixty-seven Republicans chose to vote against the $1.1 trillion CR-Omnibus budget bill on December 11, 2014. Despite the refusal of the more conservative Republicans to support the bill, the Republican establishment was able to pull in enough Democrats, 57, to vote for the bill. The bill passed 219 to 206, and the voters that gave the Republican Party a majority going into 2015 saw their leverage...
  • Dems try to OK Obama picks; funding deadline nears

    12/13/2014 12:27:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 13, 2014 2:54 PM EST | David Espo and Donna Cassata
    Their power ebbing, Senate Democrats launched a last-minute drive Saturday to confirm roughly 20 of President Barack Obama’s nominees, and several Republicans blamed tea partyer Ted Cruz for creating an opening for the outgoing majority party to exploit. The weekend session unfolded as measures that could prevent government operating funds from running out at midnight remained in limbo. Even so, there was little apparent concern about a shutdown that Democratic and Republican leaders said they wanted to avoid. Republicans tried to slow the nomination proceedings, but several voiced unhappiness with Cruz, R-Texas. One likened his actions to his role in...
  • CRUZ, LEE WIN WAR WITH HARRY REID, FORCE VOTE AGAINST EXECUTIVE AMNESTY

    12/13/2014 1:16:21 PM PST · by gwgn02 · 144 replies
    Breitart ^ | 12/13/2014 | Mathew Boyle
    enate Majority Leader Harry Reid is keeping senators in Washington for a rare Saturday session—and risking a government shutdown—after he went to extraordinary lengths to block Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) from forcing a vote to block President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty.
  • Senator Ted Cruz- Senate Speech 12/1/2/14 (Cruz-Nonpareil)

    12/13/2014 1:18:09 PM PST · by VinL · 20 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 12-12-14 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    Sen. Cruz's speech will inspire you. He takes no DC elite prisoners. For instance: "Why are we here today in a lame duck? Why is there a session of congress, the 2nd week of December, with so many members voting, who the American people just said they no longer want to be represented by. Why are there so many members getting ready to land a cushy law firm and lobby interest job, and industry and trade associations? All of our colleagues , whole bunch of them, we’re going to see them again— except, they’ll have more expensive suits, more finely...
  • Walter Jones only NC Congressman to stand against amnesty and Obamacare

    12/13/2014 1:48:08 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 32 replies
    The key vote on the bill that funds the Obama amnesty and Obamacare as well as the rest of government was the vote on the rule that put it on the floor, and it barely slid through by two votes. Any Congressman who voted for it voted to continue Obamacare and to allow Obama to proceed with his amnesty decree, because this bill funds both with no restrictions. The only North Carolinian to stand up and vote to stop this bill from proceeding was our own Walter Jones. The rest of the NC ''Republican'' congressmen voted for a piece of...
  • Senate Averts Shutdown Fears [until Wednesday]; Fights Over Nominees

    12/13/2014 2:03:46 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 37 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 13, 2014 | AP
    Their power ebbing, Senate Democrats launched a last-minute drive Saturday to confirm roughly 20 of President Barack Obama's nominees, and several Republicans blamed tea party-backed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for creating an opening for the outgoing majority party to exploit. Lawmakers took a break in their intrigue long enough to send Obama legislation that provides funds for the government to remain open until Wednesday at midnight, easing concerns of a shutdown. A separate, $1.1 trillion long-term funding bill remained in limbo. Republicans tried to slow the nomination proceedings, but several voiced unhappiness with Cruz, a potential presidential candidate in 2016....
  • The Best Endorsement: Nancy Pelosi Doesn’t Like It

    12/13/2014 2:14:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2014 | John Ransom
    Say what you will about the compromises contained in John Boehner’s spending bill, but there is at least one thing about it I love: Nancy Pelosi hates it. At issue are the reform measures the GOP inserted in the bill to get rid of excessive regulation in Dodd-Frank and so-called campaign finance reform. Pelosi expressed enormous disappointment in the White House, which supported Boehner’s bill, would support the roll back of Dodd-Frank and the 1st Amendment violations in the name of campaign finance reform. The thing conservatives should understand about this lame duck Congress is that what they do here...
  • Other Senators Fume Over Cruz's Push For Vote On Obama Immigration Action

    12/13/2014 5:44:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Talking Points Memo's Livewire ^ | December 13, 2014 | Daniel Strauss
    Other members of the Senate fumed Saturday over objections by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) that held up a $1.1 trillion omnibus bill meant to keep the government open. The objection was fueled by the two conservatives' desire to fight President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration. The objections by Cruz and Lee mean that the Senate must slog through procedural votes Saturday on nominees and also vote to end a filibuster on the omnibus bill at 1 a.m. on Sunday. It was too much for Democrats and even Republicans to bite their tongues over....
  • BREAKING: Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Jeff Sessions Pushing for Defund Amnesty Vote

    12/12/2014 11:19:15 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 90 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/12/2014 | Patrick Howley
    WASHINGTON – Republican Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Jeff Sessions are pushing for a vote to defund President Obama’s executive amnesty in the “Cromnibus” spending bill Friday night, The Daily Caller has learned. The trio of conservative senators is hoping to get the defund vote onto the Senate floor as a “point of order,” which would force a procedural vote on the issue without Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid having to introduce it. The senators are pushing hard on Capitol Hill for the measure as of early Friday afternoon. If successful, the vote would take place late Friday...
  • Mark Levin Surge!

    12/13/2014 6:30:28 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 24 replies
    Mark Levin ^ | 12/13/2014 | Mark Levin
    Mark Levin 25 mins · Levin Surge!If your senators aren't answering their phones tweet them! Let's go! Tell them you want them to vote for the Cruz-Lee constitutional point of order.
  • GOP Senators upset they have to work on the weekend

    12/13/2014 6:35:05 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/13/14 | Matthew Boyle
    Vote on legality of executive action scheduled for 9:00 p.m. EST.
  • Senator: Bush misled nation in run-up to Iraq war

    12/13/2014 8:18:37 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 56 replies
    AP ^ | December 11, 2014 | DEB RIECHMANN
    The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee released new information on Thursday that he claims is evidence that the Bush administration misled the nation in the run-up to the war in Iraq. In a speech on the Senate floor, retiring Sen. Carl Levin, a Democrat, outlined a 2003 CIA cable that warns George W. Bush administration officials against making references to claims that Mohammad Atta — the man who led the Sept. 11 hijackers — met with an Iraqi intelligence officer in the Czech Republic before the Sept. 11, 2011, attacks. Levin claims Bush officials used the unconfirmed meeting...
  • Senate passes defense bill with Montana wilderness additions

    12/12/2014 3:28:47 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    The Missoulian (MT) ^ | December 12, 2014 | By Rob Chaney
    The Senate voted to pass its annual National Defense Authorization Act on Friday , sending Montana’s first wilderness additions in 33 years to President Barack Obama’s desk. The National Defense Authorization Act authorizes $585 billion in Pentagon discretionary spending and $63.7 billion in overseas contingency operations.It also includes a package of 70 public land management bills; the biggest collection since the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. They create about 250,000 acres of new wilderness designations and protection of other lands from energy development. Other measures open thousands of acres to logging in Alaska and swaps federal lands for...
  • Bernie Sanders gets perch on budget panel (and Enzi wants to seize Chair from Sessions!

    12/12/2014 4:04:28 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 12/12/14 | Rebecca Shabad
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will be the ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee next year, Democrats announced Friday. The self-proclaimed socialist replaces Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who is moving over to become ranking member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. The promotion for Sanders, who caucuses with Democrats, gives him a prominent perch to push his priorities as he moves toward a long-shot run for the White House in 2016. He is a vocal advocate for increased spending on social programs and says the budget of the Pentagon should be slashed dramatically. As ranking member...
  • How did your Congressional Rep. vote on the "CROmnibus" bill?

    12/12/2014 4:50:12 PM PST · by upchuck · 46 replies
    Heritage Action ^ | Dec 12, 2014 | vanity
    Wondering how your Rep voted? Heritage Action has a nifty scorecard you can access. It has lots of sorting options. Check it out.
  • The $1.1T bill: School lunches, light bulbs, pot

    12/12/2014 4:58:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/12/14 | CONNIE CASS
    **SNIP** SCHOOL LUNCHES: Eases rules requiring more whole grains in school lunches and suspends the lower sodium standards due to take effect in 2017, while keeping other healthy-eating rules. Some school nutrition directors — and some students complaining of yucky lunches — lobbied for a break from the standards championed by first lady Michelle Obama. **SNIP** MARIJUANA: Offers a mixed bag for pot smokers. The bill blocks the Justice Department from raiding medical marijuana dispensaries in states that permit them. But it also blocks federal and local spending to legalize marijuana in Washington, D.C., where voters approved recreational use in...
  • Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren could still kill the spending bill in the Senate

    12/12/2014 5:40:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Houston Politics Examiner ^ | December 12, 2014 | Mark Whittington
    When Thursday dawned, the conventional wisdom was that House Speaker John Boehner did not have the votes to pass the $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund the rest of the government for FY2015. But, thanks to lobbying by the White House, the House scrapped up enough votes to pass the measure 219 to 206, according to a Thursday Washington Examiner story. The passage of the bill was a triumph of the establishment wings of both parties. However, Senate passage is by no means certain. Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Elizabeth Warren could still scupper the bill between them. The...
  • Very important floor speech given by Sen. Mike Lee

    12/12/2014 8:12:30 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 15 replies
    Unedited Politics ^ | December 12, 2014 | Mike Lee
    http://uneditedpolitics.com/utah-senator-mike-lee-floor-speech-on-the-cromnibus-121214/
  • Jonathan Gruber apologizes to Congress for ‘inexcusable’ political comments about Obamacare

    12/09/2014 8:01:01 AM PST · by FatherofFive · 117 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | Tom Howell Jr
    Jonathan Gruber, the man at the center of Obamacare’s troubled public image, apologized to Congress for “glib” and “thoughtless” comments about the stupidity of the American voters and how the health overhaul passed, arguing he is no political expert and shouldn’t have posed as one in speeches around the country. “It’s never appropriate to try to make oneself seem more important or smarter by demeaning others. I knew better. I know better. I’m embarrassed, and I’m sorry,” Mr. Gruber, an economics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told the House oversight committee chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican.
  • GOP Spending Bill Gives Nearly $1 Billion To Aid Border Migrants

    12/09/2014 8:53:08 AM PST · by navysealdad · 206 replies
    The GOP’s draft 2015 “omnibus” spending bill reportedly includes $948 million to help poor and unskilled Central American migrants establish themselves in the United States, but includes no effective restrictions on President Barack Obama’s plan to provide work permits and tax payments to millions of resident illegal immigrants. That new spending works out to $16,928 for each of the 56,000 youths, young adults and children who crossed the border during the 12 months up to October 2014.
  • Knock Knock, Who’s there? Diane Feinstein…

    12/12/2014 9:43:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2014 | D. W. Wilber
    With the release of Democrat Senator Diane Feinstein’s report on the CIA’s Enhanced Interrogation program, a forty million dollar joke has been perpetrated on the American people, curtesy of the California senator. As U.S. military bases and diplomatic facilities around the world are placed on high alert for possible attacks by Muslims further inflamed by the declassified details of the report, the costs of Senator Feinstein’s ‘knock knock joke’ will continue to spiral upwards as we’re forced to ramp up additional security precautions to address the threat. Millions more will be spent, and unfortunately lives will probably be lost so...
  • Republicans say GOP needs 80 Democrats to pass the bill - source Jim Moran (CSPAN)

    12/11/2014 5:51:12 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 143 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 11 Dec 2014
    Jim Moran came out of the RAT caucus and said they are saying they need 80 RATs to crossover. Doesn't think more than 50 - 60 will crossover. House coming back at 9 pm to vote
  • House Dems block charitable tax bill

    12/11/2014 10:17:59 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/11/14 12:56 PM EST | By Bernie Becker and Cristina Marcos
    House Democrats blocked legislation on Thursday that would have permanently extended three tax credits for charitable giving, ending an effort to give nonprofits a last-minute victory. The bill got a strong majority in the House, with 275 members voting for it, including 47 Democrats. But the measure fell eight votes short of the two-thirds majority it needed to pass, with 149 Democrats voting against it after House Democratic leaders whipped against it and President Obama threatened a veto. The vote ends a last-ditch effort by the nonprofit sector to get three of its priorities into law for good, after a...
  • Senator: Obama’s Amnesty Gives Illegals A Fast-Track To Voting Booth

    12/11/2014 1:58:07 PM PST · by servo1969 · 59 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 12-11-2014 | NEIL MUNRO
    President Barack Obama’s Nov. 21 amnesty puts millions of illegals on a fast-track to citizenship, Utah Sen. Mike Lee announced Thursday. Obama and his administration “have cleared the pathway to citizenship for millions of people who have crossed out borders illegally,” Lee said in a Thursday speech on the Senate floor. “They know what they have done, and it is illegal,” he added. Obama’s amnesty allows illegals with U.S.-born children to briefly leave the country, perhaps for a business meeting in Canada, and then be given “advanced parole” by border officials that lets them legally return to the United States....
  • Amnesty Protestors Crash Capitol Hill Switchboard

    12/11/2014 1:37:52 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 137 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 12/11/14 | Neil Munro
    The Capitol Hill switchboard has been overwhelmed by calls to Congress. The 202 224-3121 number is jammed, likely by people protesting House Speaker John Boehner’s 2015 government funding bill, which allows funding for President Barack Obama’s unpopular decision to stop enforcing immigration law, and to award work-permits to at least 5 million illegal immigrants. Boehner’s effort to fund the $1.1 trillion bill and amnesty is being backed by President Barack Obama, whose deputies are pushing Democrats to support Boehner’s bill. The Daily Caller called the switchboard number at 3:28, and it was not answered for seven minutes. It is usually...
  • Boehner Kills FOIA Reform Already Passed Unanimously

    12/12/2014 9:33:07 AM PST · by apoliticalone · 96 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 12-11-14 | Lauren Walker
    After passing the Senate by unanimous consent on Monday, it seemed as if the FOIA Improvement Act would become law—a nearly identical version passed the House earlier this year. Today, however, it was up to Speaker of the House John Boehner to allow a vote on the bill’s final passage before the House adjourned this week. Instead, it was “held at the desk,” meaning Boehner may have just killed FOIA reform. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law, signed in 1966, that gives U.S. citizens the right to access information from the federal government. Through FOIA, journalists and...
  • Question: Are Boehner/McDonnell/RINOs being systematically blackmailed by WhiteHouse/FBI/CIA/IRS?

    12/12/2014 9:26:28 AM PST · by quesney · 76 replies
    Justaquestion
    Are Boehner, McDonnell, Chief Justice Roberts and other assorted RINOs being systematically blackmailed by WhiteHouse/FBI/CIA/IRS? It would explain a lot. In all seriousness. We know how this President operates. We know how he uses the government agencies. We know he targets enemies. We know the Republican leadership doesn't represent the people who keep voting for it. We've all seen crazy decisions made by them that seem illogical and self-destructive to their party's interests (to say nothing of the country's). We know we're all being spied on. We all know the US is no longer a free country. Has any independent...
  • Should Ted Cruz Delay The Omnibus Bill 30 Hours By Forcing Reid To Hold A Cloture Vote?

    12/12/2014 9:21:59 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 29 replies
    12/12/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    If some (i.e. Harry Reid) in the Senate seek unanimous consent to go straight to a vote on Cronybus, but Cruz (and others who may wish to join him) delay this move by forcing Reid to hold a cloture vote - and thus stall the vote in the Senate on Cronybus by 30 hours - would you support this if it led to a short-term funding measure? While this move may upset Boehner, who has now bent his will to Obama's desire, would you support Cruz (or whomever may wish to do this - Warren?) doing this?
  • Reindeer farmer saves 'cromnibus' with yes vote (Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich.)

    12/11/2014 10:58:19 AM PST · by maggief · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    The cromnibus had an unlikely savior Thursday afternoon in the form of a lame-duck lawmaker who used to raise reindeer. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.), who lost his primary earlier this year, was originally among the conservative Republicans who voted against the rule. Without the help of Democrats, Republicans could only lose 17 of their own to pass the rule, which sets up floor debate for the underlying "cromnibus" spending bill. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) intervened once there were 18 Republican defectors — and not a single Democrat voting "yes." Many Democrats will vote against the government spending measure because they...
  • Lacking Sufficient Support, House GOP Leaders Delay ‘Cromnibus’ Vote

    12/11/2014 11:53:14 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 91 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 12/11/2014 | Emma Dumain & Matt Fuller
    Updated 2:30 p.m. | Unsure whether they have the votes to pass a trillion-dollar federal spending package, House GOP leaders on Thursday afternoon delayed a final vote on the “cromnibus.” They did so with mere hours to go until the government is set to run out of funding, and just before the House was scheduled to vote. GOP leaders called a recess to floor proceedings, with a GOP leadership aide confirming “no conference meeting [is] planned at this time.” The aide said “leadership teams are still talking to their respective members,” and noted, “We still plan to vote this afternoon.”...
  • GOP senator joins foes of Wall Street provision in spending bill

    12/11/2014 10:42:21 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/11/2014 | Peter Schroeder
    A Republican has joined Democrats in criticizing the inclusion of a partial repeal of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law in legislation funding the government. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) signed on to a letter with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) that calls on congressional leaders to scrap portions of the $1.1 trillion "cromnibus" that relax restrictions on banks trading financial derivatives. The pair argued in the letter that there is "broad bipartisan support" for removing that particular language. Brown and Vitter, who have worked together in the past on bills to limit big banks, argued that the language was unfairly jammed into...
  • Defeat the Omnibus

    12/11/2014 7:28:30 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 19 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 12/11/2014 | The Editors
    The federal government's funding authorization expires tonight at midnight, and the Republican plan to renew it bodes poorly for the GOP's leadership of Congress next year. ... Congress shouldn't let the government shut down, but Republicans should neither acquiesce to president Obama's unprecedented executive power grab, nor give up control over the budget for well into the 114th Congress. ... Republicans take control of both chambers in January, so they have no good reason to make a deal with the Senate Democratic leadership that sets spending levels until next October. ... There are, as speaker Boehner has pointed out, some...
  • Don’t you worry about Mary Landrieu. She’ll be just fine [Hot commodity on K-street]

    12/10/2014 7:26:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/10/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Starting next month, Mary Landrieu is going to have a lot more time on her hands. That can be a great thing if you’re really looking forward to finally catching up on the Grand Theft Auto online game series, but such pursuits don’t really do much to pay the bills. The soon to be former Senator probably won’t have to worry about that too much, though. She’s reportedly a very hot topic on K Street . Mary Landrieu may have lost her Senate seat, but the Louisiana Democrat is a hot commodity on K Street. Several headhunters, veteran lobbyists...
  • Republicans set to relaunch Obamacare attack in new year

    12/07/2014 8:03:22 PM PST · by PROCON · 88 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | Dec. 7, 2014 | Sean Lengell
    Republicans are ramping up for a fresh fight against Obamacare in the new year, banking on Democratic support to repeal a key component of the law. Republicans have slowed their anti-Obamacare drumbeat in recent months, with their success in the midterm elections, President Obama’s executive action on immigration, government funding and end-of-year business dominating the GOP agenda. But come early 2015, Republicans will restart their push to repeal the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices that kicked in last year as part of the Affordable Care Act. And with the GOP controlling both chambers of Congress in January — and...
  • EXCLUSIVE:HOUSE GOP LEADERS TRICK 216 HOUSE REPUBLICANS INTO ACCIDENTALLY SUPPORTING OBAMA'S EXECUTI

    12/07/2014 4:45:15 PM PST · by gwgn02 · 136 replies
    BREITBART ^ | 7 December 2014 | by MATTHEW BOYLE
    In a lengthy interview on Friday afternoon, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) exposed how House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise strengthened President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty with procedural trickery former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber would envy—and they did it all in the name of pushing a bill that they told Republicans would block Obama’s executive amnesty. What’s more is that a series of interviews and recent developments indicate that Boehner’s gambit here is placing several of his top lieutenants—including at least two committee chairmen—at political risk of serious primary challenges...
  • Trey Gowdy (R-SC) Says His Preferred Method of Stopping Obama is to Let John McCain Do It

    12/06/2014 3:53:45 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 137 replies
    RedState ^ | Erick Erickson
    Now this is just pathetic. Some of you turned Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC)87% into the hero of the day because of his Benghazi investigation. He could do no wrong. What happens when you build a cult of personalty around any politician is then they can go BOHICA on you. Bend over America. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC)87% is now on record admitting he’s going to help shove President Obama’s amnesty plan right where you don’t want it. (SNIP) So, Hemmer asked Gowdy who he’d stop the President. Gowdy’s answer? He wants to let Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. John McCain52%Senate Republican...
  • Obama warns GOP against ‘Christmas shutdown,’ gives legislative wish-list

    12/06/2014 11:21:07 AM PST · by PROCON · 32 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Dec. 6, 2014 | Ben Wolfgang
    President Obama warned Saturday that positive economic trends would be reversed by a “Christmas shutdown” in Washington and also pushed the incoming GOP-led Congress to embrace a minimum-wage hike and other administration priorities. In his weekly address, the president touted this week’s data showing the U.S. added more than 200,000 jobs in November, bringing the 2014 total to 2.6 million jobs. That progress, Mr. Obama added, could be undone if Congress fails to pass legislation to fund the government past Dec. 11.
  • Obama Signs Executive Order

    12/06/2014 12:50:55 PM PST · by ifinnegan · 27 replies
    White House ^ | 12/6/14 | Barack Obama
    No, not that Executive Order - not the one he never signed about immigration. No, in this one he declares a day off for the Feds the day after Christmas. By his authority he orders all departments and agencies of the Federal Government closed the day after Christmas. For those wondering about the immigration Executive Order, it never happened. He signed two Presidential Memoranda that day, Nov. 21, in Las Vegas. Not an EO. You can read all his Memoranda at the White House Presidential Memoranda page. And all the Executive Orders are at the Executive Order page. These Memoranda...
  • DEMOCRATIC LOUISIANA SEN. MARY LANDRIEU DEFEATED

    12/06/2014 6:44:52 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 65 replies
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  • After six years of Obama's damage, Democrats are at war with Democrats

    12/06/2014 9:31:03 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 5, 2014 | By Charles Krauthammer
    Old habits die hard. The media are so enamored of the continuing (and largely contrived) story about the great Republican civil war that they fail to appreciate that the real internecine fight is being waged on the other side of the aisle. I grant that there's a lot of shouting today among Republicans. But it's a ritual skirmish over whether a government shutdown would force the president to withdraw a signature measure — last time, Obamacare; this time, executive amnesty. From opposite sides of the (Democratic) spectrum, Schumer and Warren are trying to remake and reorient the Democratic Party post-Obama....
  • GOP: Personal stories behind new legislation to help the disabled

    12/06/2014 10:00:46 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 12-5-14 | Andrew Malcolm
    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers gives the Republican Party's Weekly Remarks Today I’d like to tell you the story of a little boy who was diagnosed with Down Syndrome just three days after he was born. His diagnosis came with a list of future complications: endless doctors’ appointments, heart defects, even early Alzheimer’s. Seven years later, as the mom of that little boy, Cole, nothing has given me greater joy than watching the impact he has had on the world — and dreaming of the difference he will make when he grows up. This week, the House spoke for Cole and...
  • Memo To The Senate GOP Class Of 2016: What Are You, Nuts?

    12/03/2014 6:29:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/03/2014 | Hugh Hewitt
    The very first action taken by the lame duck Congress in the House will be a betrayal of the military and the voters who just gave them a larger majority and their colleagues in the Senate control. The lame duck House is scheduled to pass --perhaps as early as today-- a National Defense Authorization Act ("NDAA") which cuts the scheduled pay hike for the military from 1.8 percent to 1 percent, which slaps a co-pay on all their prescriptions --real dollars every time every military kid gets an ear infection, and a huge hit for any military family with a...
  • Congressional Staffer Resigns After Disparaging Comments About Obama Girls

    12/01/2014 7:39:31 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 114 replies
    ABCNews.com ^ | 12/01/2014 | ABC News
    A Congressional communications director resigned today after making disparaging comments about Sasha and Malia Obama on Facebook, ABC News had learned.