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  • After Calling McConnell a Liar, Mackowiak Says Cruz’s Impact as Senator Will Be Minimal in Future

    07/27/2015 6:51:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    KFYO-AM ^ | July 27, 2015 | Jody Smyers
    (AUDIO-AT-LINK)On Monday’s edition of The Chad Hasty Show, Matt Mackowiak joined Chad to talk about current news in politics. Mackowiak and Hasty discussed the recent dust-up between Ted Cruz, senior Texas Senator John Cornyn and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. On the impact of Senator Cruz’s recent comments on the floor of the Senate where he called Senator McConnell a liar, Mackowiak said, Cruz’s impact as a U.S. Senator is going to be minimal going forward. You know, he’s going to be persona non grata within the Senate Republican leadership. And if you’re a conservative you may think that’s great,...
  • Charles Krauthammer: Ted Cruz Guilty of Committing ‘Act of Rather Amazing Hypocrisy’ (Guess?)

    07/27/2015 6:05:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 27, 2015 | Oliver Darcy
    Conservative political pundit Charles Krauthammer said Monday that Sen. Ted Cruz(R-Texas) is guilty of “rather amazing hypocrisy” for blasting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, but failing to go after fellow Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. The syndicated-columnist contended that because Cruz hopes to gain Trump supporters when the real-estate mogul drops out of the race, he won’t criticize him. Krauthammer said that left him guilty of hypocrisy....
  • Sean Hannity: "3 Senators Confirmed Ted Cruz's Account that McConnell Lied"

    07/27/2015 12:24:24 PM PDT · by Isara · 107 replies
    Sean Hannity | July 27, 2015
    Sean Hannity has just said that 3 senators confirmed Ted Cruz's account that McConnell lied. "There is no deal; there is no deal; there is no deal." Only Mike Lee is willing to be on the record. Unlike Rush, Sean Hannity started his program with Ted Cruz's audio and attacking GOP leadership.
  • It's Too Weird: What Explains the Behavior of the Republican Leadership?

    07/27/2015 12:04:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | July 27, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I've been thinking about this. We are all inundated by each other, every day, with e-mails, phone calls, texts, what have you, of utter incredulity over what's happened to the Republican Party. It's just too weird, folks. There just isn't any serious opposition to anything that the Democrat Party wants. Remember Angelo Codevilla? He's back. He had that great place on the ruling class that I read in its entirety to you when he published it, and he then turned it into a book. He's back with his thoughts on Trump, and I found it at the...
  • GOP Establishment Wages War Against Cruz and Conservative Voters

    07/27/2015 11:35:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 27, 2015 | John Hayward
    Perhaps the Republican leadership and its Establishment apparatus don’t realize just how dangerous is the game they’re playing against conservatives, or perhaps they just don’t care. There is a part of the GOP power structure that has always been most happy to serve as the permanent minority, personally enriched by serving as minor, ineffective obstacles to the ruling Left. They win elections by cadging millions from conservatives desperate to Do Something about the mess in Washington, then sink comfortably into that mess as though relaxing in a jacuzzi, rousing themselves only to display true fury against the occasional cage-rattling, boat-rocking...
  • Ted Cruz: "Sen. Cruz: McConnell-Reid Leadership Team Operates for One Party: The Washington Party

    07/26/2015 7:57:42 PM PDT · by MN_Mike · 110 replies
    Senator Ted Cruz Press Rekease ^ | July 26, 2015 | Ted Cruz
    AMERICAN PEOPLE ELECTED A REPUBLICAN MAJORITY BELIEVING IT WOULD SOMEHOW BE DIFFERENT FROM A DEMOCRATIC ONE WASHINGTON, D.C. – After speaking on the Senate floor today, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement: “We’ve just seen something extraordinary on the Senate floor. The American people elected a Republican majority believing that a Republican majority would be somehow different from a Democratic majority in the United States Senate. Unfortunately, the way the current Senate operates, there is one party, the Washington party. “Senate leadership consists of the McConnell-Reid leadership team. They operate as a team. They support the same...
  • Senate GOP Leaders Want To Put Ted Cruz In A Time Out

    07/26/2015 6:23:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics ^ | July 26, 2015 | Laura Barron-Lopez, congressional reporter
    Senate Republican leaders spent a rare Sunday session scolding Ted Cruz. The leaders wagged their fingers at the younger senator, accusing him of using his pedestal in the upper chamber to "pursue personal ambitions." Cruz, a Texas senator who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, drew the ire of his colleagues for claiming the top Republican in the Senate lied to him. He accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) of going back on a promise he claims McConnell made to him about the contentious Export-Import Bank. On Friday, McConnell set up an amendment vote to reauthorize the bank,...
  • Sen. Cruz: Today’s Events Show the McConnell-Reid Leadership Team Operates for One Party:...

    07/26/2015 4:28:53 PM PDT · by Isara · 240 replies
    cruz.senate.gov ^ | July 26, 2015
    Sen. Cruz: Today’s Events Show the McConnell-Reid Leadership Team Operates for One Party: The Washington Party American people elected a Republican majority believing it would somehow be different from a Democratic oneVideo of Sen. Cruz’s floor speech todayWASHINGTON, D.C. – After speaking on the Senate floor today, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement:“We’ve just seen something extraordinary on the Senate floor. The American people elected a Republican majority believing that a Republican majority would be somehow different from a Democratic majority in the United States Senate. Unfortunately, the way the current Senate operates, there is one party, the...
  • Senior Republicans rebuke Cruz over his attacks on McConnell

    07/26/2015 3:57:42 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 77 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 26, 2015
    As the Senate met for a rare Sunday session, Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and John Cornyn of Texas each rose to counter a stunning floor speech Cruz gave on Friday accusing McConnell, R-Ky., of lying. None of them mentioned Cruz by name but the target of their remarks could not have been clearer. The drama came as the Senate defeated a procedural vote to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law and took a step toward reviving the federal Export-Import Bank, both amendments on a must-pass highway bill. "Squabbling and sanctimony may be tolerated in...
  • Senate Resurrection of Export-Import Bank Goes to Divided House

    07/26/2015 2:34:42 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/26/15 | JONATHAN WEISMAN
    In a rare and fiery weekend session, the Senate voted on Sunday to resurrect the federal Export-Import Bank, handing the Republican Party’s most conservative wing a major defeat and setting up a showdown this week with House leaders divided over the moribund export credit agency. The bipartisan vote — 67 to 26 — broke a filibuster and allowed supporters to attach a measure to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank to a three-year highway and infrastructure bill, which is expected to pass the Senate early this week. The agency’s authorization expired June 30, halting all new loan guarantees and other assistance to...
  • Senate Votes to Revive Export-Import Bank, Keep Obamacare

    07/26/2015 1:53:15 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 112 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 7/26/15 | Niels Lesniewski
    In a pair of losses for conservatives, the Senate voted overwhelmingly Sunday to revive the Export-Import Bank while failing to overcome a filibuster of an attempt to repeal Obamacare — with more fireworks to come. The rare Sunday votes set the stage for the Senate to send a long-term highway bill tied to the Ex-Im Bank to the House later this week, but not before facing other gambits by conservatives, including a procedural vote forced by Sen. Ted Cruz regarding the Iran deal and an effort to deploy a maneuver akin to the “nuclear option.”
  • McConnell, GOP senators slam Cruz

    07/26/2015 1:45:49 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/26/15 | Jordain Carney and Kevin Cirilli
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other Republicans on Sunday criticized their colleague Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who on Friday accused McConnell of lying about a deal to revive the Expot-Import Bank. Cruz hit McConnell hard on Friday for allowing a vote on Ex-Im, which expired last month. But McConnell said there should be nothing wrong with having a vote on the issue. "I don't see a reason why they shouldn't be allowed a debate and then a vote," the Republican leader said from the Senate floor. "When there is some overwhelming bipartisan support for an idea, even if...
  • Senior Senate Republicans rebuke Sen. Cruz over his attacks on Majority Leader McConnell

    07/26/2015 12:55:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Columbus Republic ^ | July 26, 2015 | Erica Werner, The Associated Press
    Senior Senate Republicans lined up Sunday to rebuke Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for attacking Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an extraordinary display of intraparty division played out live on the Senate floor. As the Senate met for a rare Sunday session, Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and John Cornyn of Texas each rose to counter a stunning floor speech Cruz gave on Friday accusing McConnell, R-Ky., of lying. None of them mentioned Cruz by name but the target of their remarks could not have been clearer....
  • SENATE IN SESSION, Sunday, July 26, 2015

    07/26/2015 11:40:59 AM PDT · by cornelis · 151 replies
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  • Cruz girds for McConnell showdown in rare Sunday session

    07/26/2015 8:06:45 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 41 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 7/26/2015 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Ted Cruz has found a way to seize the spotlight at a time his campaign for president is losing the battle for buzz. The Texas Republican on Sunday will attempt an unusual procedural move to overturn Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) blocking of his amendment on the Iran nuclear deal. McConnell, seeking to move a federal highway funding bill through the Senate fast, has cut off most amendments to the measure — though he is allowing a vote on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank. That decision has infuriated Cruz, who took to the floor on Friday to accuse his...
  • Ted Cruz Attacks Mitch McConnell in Clash Over an Agency (NYT)

    07/25/2015 6:15:24 PM PDT · by Isara · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 24, 2015 | Jonathan Weisman
    Senator Ted Cruz, the sometimes-incendiary Texan running for the Republican presidential nomination, took to the Senate floor on Friday to call his party’s majority leader a liar in an extraordinary public airing of grievance. --- Far from backing down, Mr. Cruz joined the conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh on Friday afternoon, basking in Mr. Limbaugh’s praise for a “direct hit” on leadership like none he could remember. “It’s not a good day when the majority leader is willing to lie to the Senate,” Mr. Cruz told Mr. Limbaugh. Tea Party groups, the Heritage Foundation’s political arm, and Charles G....
  • TED CRUZ TALKS TO MARK LEVIN ABOUT FLOOR SPEECH WHERE HE CALLED OUT MITCH MCCONNELL FOR LYING

    07/25/2015 1:37:11 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 6 replies
    TheRightScoop ^ | 7/25/2015 | Right Scoop
    Ted Cruz was on with Mark Levin tonight discussing his Senate floor speech where he called out Mitch McConnell for lying to Republicans about the Ex-Im bank. Listen:
  • Mitch Has to GO!!!

    07/25/2015 8:19:32 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 32 replies
    http://www.redstate.com ^ | 7/24/2015 | Member Diary
    mitch HAS GOT TO GO!!!!!! During election season 2014, around the time of the Matt Bevin/Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 59% primary, I emphatically said here that there was no point to having mitch as the Majority Leader because he would be just as bad as Harry. I was totally right, and events have proven this to be the case. So far, this Congress, with Republicans in control of BOTH houses, has done NOTHING to roll back the disaster that is President Obama. And now we understand a little bit of what goes on in the Senate. Apparently mitch lied to...
  • Cruz accuses McConnell of lying about Ex-Im Bank deal

    07/24/2015 2:26:09 PM PDT · by Isara · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/24/15 | Susan Ferrechio
    In a stunning floor speech Friday morning, Republican presidential contender Sen. Ted Cruz accused Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of lying to Senate Republicans about whether there was a secret agreement to allow a vote on an amendment to extend the Export-Import Bank, which conservatives staunchly oppose. Cruz unleashed his anger at McConnell moments after the Senate voted to move ahead on a highway funding bill that will include amendments to extend the Ex-Im Bank and to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The deal doesn't provide Cruz with an equal opportunity to bring up his own amendments, including one that would...
  • Watch NBC Nightly News: Ted Cruz Calls Senate Majority ...(30 sec video)

    07/24/2015 9:51:29 PM PDT · by VinL · 26 replies
    NBC News via Hulu ^ | 7/24/15 | Kelly O'Donnell
    NBC NEWS CLIP--- "Ted Cruz Calls Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a Liar" (30 second video)
  • McConnell to fast-track bill to defund Planned Parenthood

    07/24/2015 7:36:14 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 98 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/24/15 | Jordain Carney
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell started a fast-track process Friday on legislation to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding in the wake of two controversial videos showing officials discussing delivery of fetal parts. The Republican leader began "Rule 14," which will let the legislation skip the committee process and be placed on the Senate calendar so it can be brought up for a floor vote. The move comes after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) slammed McConnell during a blistering floor speech earlier Friday, suggesting the Kentucky Republican wanted to dodge a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood. "There are a host of...
  • Senate Floor: Ted Cruz Explodes On Mitch McConnell,Says He Lied To Entire Republican Conference

    07/24/2015 3:49:11 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 34 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 24, 2015 | Mathew Boyle
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, delivered a brutal speech bashing his own party’s leadership’s failures on the Senate floor on Friday morning after Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) moved forward with a plot to reauthorize the Export Import Bank. In the speech, Cruz says—calling him out personally—McConnell lied to the entire Republican conference. Cruz’s speech stemmed from how McConnell—despite telling the entire GOP conference there was no such secret deal with the Democrats during the Obamatrade process to later bring up Ex-Im reauthorization—actually did cut a deal with Democrats, specifically Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). “Today...
  • Why did Ted Cruz savage Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor? The Export-Import Bank.

    07/24/2015 2:56:15 PM PDT · by Isara · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2015 | Amber Phillips
    In a fiery floor speech Friday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) railed against a seemingly obscure agency he derided as "corporate welfare" for our nation's biggest corporations. --- Supporters say the bank helps level the playing field for U.S. companies against competitors in Europe and China, who get significant help from their governments. Detractors call the bank crony capitalism that mostly helps big business. But really, as Cruz's speech showed Friday, the bank has become a proxy battle for something else entirely: Government's place in business. And it appears those who want government out of business have won this battle --...
  • The exceptional campaign timing of Ted Cruz’s ferocious floor speech

    07/24/2015 2:37:36 PM PDT · by Isara · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2015 | Philip Bump
    --- It's impossible to look at the senator's vehement speech -- which our veteran man on the Hill, Paul Kane, said was "unlike anything I've ever seen" -- outside of the context of Cruz's presidential campaign. --- If it is purely a coincidence that the Bozell endorsement was released an hour before Cruz made headlines by attacking McConnell over the same issue, it's an extremely fortuitous one. (Editor's note: There are no coincidences in politics. At least not ones like this.) Cruz was reacting to McConnell's actions on the floor, but likely had some sense of where the wind was...
  • Bravo Ted Cruz: A Profile in Courage

    07/24/2015 11:53:25 AM PDT · by JewishRighter · 25 replies
    Vanity | July 24, 2015 | JewishRighter
    Bravo Ted Cruz! A Profile in Courage Today, Ted Cruz got up on the Senate floor during a debate and called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as a liar and clone of his predecessor, the despicable Harry Reid. Senator Cruz did not mince words. He did not lapse into the soft euphemisms and dodgy language that marks so much of the drivel emitted in the hallowed chambers of Congress. He came right out and said that McConnell lied to him when he promised that there were no secret side deals employed to gain passage of the TPA, when of...
  • Senator Cruz on Rush Limbaugh now...

    07/24/2015 10:06:17 AM PDT · by Pajamajan · 67 replies
    Me
    Senator Cruz on Rush Limbaugh now.
  • Cruz, on Senate floor, accuses GOP leader McConnell of lying

    07/24/2015 8:45:55 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 71 replies
    Hosted AP ^ | July 24, 2015 | By ERICA WERNER and LAURIE KELLMAN
    WASHINGTON -- In a stunning attack on a leader of his own party, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of lying to him and said he couldn't be trusted. Cruz, a Texan who is running for president but ranks low in early polling, delivered the broadside in a speech on the Senate floor, an extraordinary departure from the norms of Senate behavior that demand courtesy and respect. At issue are assurances Cruz claimed McConnell, R-Ky., had given that there was no deal to allow a vote to renew the federal Export-Import Bank - a little-known federal...
  • Ted Cruz calls Mitch McConnell a liar on the Senate floor

    07/24/2015 7:58:58 AM PDT · by VinL · 153 replies
    WashPo ^ | 7/24/2015 | M. Debonis
    Firebrand Republican senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Friday rushed across a line rarely crossed on the Senate floor: He called the leader of his party, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a liar. "What we just saw today was an absolute demonstration that not only what he told every Republican senator, but what he told the press over and over and over again, was a simple lie," Cruz said Friday morning. "We know now that when the majority leader looks us in the eyes and makes an explicit commitment, that he is willing to say things that he knows are...
  • What the Hell Happened to Rand Paul? (Between Rand & Cruz it turns out the base loves Cruz more)

    07/16/2015 11:52:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Red State ^ | July 16, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    Here is the guy who should be doing some cross-party fusion. He rallied a lot of Americans in bipartisan fashion on national security. He seemed to be playing his cards right. And . . . ? Bernie Sanders is kicking his butt in campaign fundraising. In fact, I dare say Sanders froze Paul’s chance at fusion. All the little rich libertine millennials that Paul was counting on, instead got excited for Sanders. But I am still really surprised by this. Paul only raised $6.9 million. Ben Carson raised $10.6. And that is money raised by the candidate, not the Super...
  • Mitch McConnell: GOP out of legislative options to fight gay marriage

    07/01/2015 11:59:35 AM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/1/15 | Burgess Everett
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell concedes that there’s little congressional Republicans can do to fight the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide, though he predicted a flurry of litigation aimed at protecting “religious liberty” in light of the decision. The Kentucky Republican has been a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage: He was one of just six Senate Republicans to sign an amicus brief urging the high court to reject federal protection of same-sex marriage. And though he reiterated to Kentucky TV station WDRB on Tuesday evening that his position has not changed, he also said there is...
  • McConnell:Gay Marriage Is 'Law of the Land' for Congress, Too'says there's not much Congress can do'

    07/01/2015 10:09:32 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 131 replies
    newsmax ^ | 7/1/15 | c coren
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says there's not much Congress can do in the wake of the ruling by the Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage. In an interview Tuesday night on Kentucky television station WDRB, McConnell restated that he still holds to the traditional view of marriage. "I’ve always felt that marriage is between one man and one woman and the Supreme Court has held otherwise. That’s the law of the land," the Kentucky Republican said. When he was asked if there is anything Congress can do, he answered: "I don’t think so. I think the courts have pretty well...
  • Are Key Republican Leaders in D.C. Being Blackmailed?

    06/30/2015 3:56:48 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 146 replies
    Townhall ^ | 6-30-15 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Are key Republican leaders in D.C. from the Senate, House and Supreme Court being blackmailed? Tell me you haven’t thought the exact same thing? Something is very wrong. Something smells rotten in DC. Rotten like a dead fish left at the front door of a Congressmen’s office by the Obama Crime Family. Rotten like a photo of a Supreme Court Justice with his robe down at his ankles. Because what’s happening just isn’t normal. Please tell me how it’s possible that President Obama and his socialist cabal suffered the most massive and historic defeat in modern political history only 9...
  • Ted Cruz unloads on Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul in new book

    06/29/2015 8:48:30 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/29/15 | MANU RAJU
    Cruz accuses McConnell and GOP leadership of maneuvering to dry up his fundraising and plant hit pieces in the press aimed at hurting him politically. He says GOP leaders cowered from joining him in big fights over the debt ceiling, Obamacare and gun control, accusing his colleagues of “mendacity” and capitulating to Democrats to avoid bad headlines.He contends that McConnell misled him in vowing to stay out of primaries when Cruz accepted a senior-level position at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. And he accuses a GOP rival, Rand Paul of Kentucky, of parroting McConnell’s talking points by seeking to “undermine”...
  • Obama signs trade legislation; Boehner, McConnell miss White House event

    06/29/2015 5:36:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 29, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    resident Obama signed hard-fought trade legislation Monday, thanking Republican leaders who helped get it done and saying the package will “reinforce America’s leadership role in the world.” “I think it’s fair to say that getting these bills through Congress has not been easy,” Mr. Obama said as he signed the trade bills into law in the East Room. “They’ve been declared dead more than once.” The two major pieces of legislation grant Mr. Obama “fast track” trade-promotion authority
  • This was the best week of Obama’s presidency

    06/27/2015 1:55:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | June 26, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    When President Obama neared the end of his eulogy Friday for the late South Carolina state Sen. Clementa Pinckney (D), a victim of the shootings at a Charleston church last week, he paused. A long pause. It was a moment of genuine drama. Had he lost his place? Were his emotions getting to him? Then, he started to sing -- the opening bars to "Amazing Grace." Soon, the entire congregation at the AME Emanuel Church joined him in song...
  • The Return of ‘Speaker Cruz’

    06/23/2015 7:34:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Roll Call's 218 Blog ^ | June 23, 2015 | Matt Fuller, Matthew Fleming, Emma Dumain and Niels Lesniewski
    “Speaker Cruz” is looking for a comeback. With House GOP leaders meting out punishment against conservatives, and with the House and Senate moving ahead on a plan that would give President Barack Obama the authority to negotiate a major trade deal, Sen. Ted Cruz changed his mind on Trade Promotion Authority Tuesday and, in a blistering op-ed, decided to take some shots at GOP leaders along the way. Without offering any real proof, Cruz accused Speaker John A. Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of agreeing to vote on renewing the Export-Import Bank if pro-trade Democrats would vote for...
  • Obama twisting Senate Dem arms for TPA test vote today as Cruz switches to No

    06/23/2015 10:15:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 23, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Later this afternoon, the Senate will hold a procedural vote on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) in an attempt to reach cloture and guarantee a floor vote on fast-track authority for Barack Obama on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free-trade agreement. On its first go-around, TPA barely made it past this procedural hurdle, with only 13 Democrats coming along for the ride — and that package included Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), a key Democratic priority to buffer the effects of globalization for American workers. Without it, even those few Democrats may take a pass on TPA, which would once again put fast-track...
  • Obama's trade agenda moves past key Senate hurdle

    06/23/2015 9:01:21 AM PDT · by bimboeruption · 100 replies
    CNN ^ | 6-23-15 | Ted Barrett and Athena Jones,
    The President's trade agenda scored a major victory Tuesday when the Senate voted to advance a bill to allow "fast-track" approval of large international trade bills. The outcome of this key procedural vote had been in doubt as a group of 14 pro-trade Democrats weighed whether to continue their support of the bill out of concern that a related workers' assistance package might not pass both chambers. But after repeated assurances by GOP congressional leaders that workers' assistance measure will be adopted, 13 out of 14 backed the bill. The vote was 60 to 37, passing by the slimmest margin...
  • This Isn't the GOP I Grew Up With

    06/21/2015 3:24:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | June 19, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Scott in Philadelphia. Great to have you on Open Line Friday, sir. Hello. CALLER: It's an honor, Rush. I got a problem with all the... McConnell, Boehner, and Karl Rove. They've hijacked the party. RUSH: Yeah. (sigh) CALLER: I want to know why nobody says nothing about it. I mean, we elect these conservatives, they get in there, and then they're browbeaten into submission. RUSH: Well, it's not that nobody says anything about it. I myself have been referencing this. Others I know have. I mean, I know people who are making this the focal point of...
  • They’re Ted Cruz: “Reasonable” Senate GOP are just as irresponsible as Tea Party charlatan on Ocare

    06/16/2015 4:09:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Salon ^ | June 16, 2015 | Jim Newell
    Senate GOP leaders are worried about Ted Cruz's health care hijinks. Maybe they should worry about their own? Oh dear, the poor Responsible Senate Republicans. Their showboating junior colleagues in the Senate who are running for president, like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, are going to make the would-be process of “fixing” Obamacare in the event of a King v. Burwell decision striking down premium subsidies very difficult. The Responsible, Senior, Statesmanlike Senate Republicans understand that you can’t just pull the plug on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act overnight without risking political blowback from its beneficiaries. Eliminating Obamacare...
  • Make Obama’s Secret Trade Deal the Hill the GOP Establishment Dies On

    06/11/2015 5:06:12 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 6/11/15 | Michael Walsh
    A chance to break Boehner's Speakership that ought not be missed. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the Grand Old Party and take them out. If conservatives — who are just now realizing the extent of the bait-and-switch double-cross that the loathsome Mitch McConnell and Weepy John Boehner have pulled on them — must now make common cause with their “friends” across the aisle in the interests of recapturing the Party of Reagan, so be it. Sometimes the enemy of my enemy really is my friend. That the Republican Establishment has lined...
  • Malkin: Why America Hates the GOP-Obamatrade Deal

    06/11/2015 5:08:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 173 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 12, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    Constitutional conservatives don't like it. Trade unions abhor it. Obama critics hate it. Environmentalists despise it. Outside the Beltway bubble, a broad coalition of voters from the left, right and center opposes the mega-trade deal getting rammed through Congress this week by the Republican establishment on behalf of the White House. Here's why. The Obama administration, House GOP leader John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have sold out American sovereignty. Their so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership Commission will have sweeping authority over trade, immigration, environmental, labor and commerce regulations. As alert watchdogs U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., chairman of the...
  • Bret Baier Grills McConnell Over TPA: ‘Why Not Make The Trade Bill Transparent?’ [VIDEO]

    06/10/2015 5:46:47 AM PDT · by maggief · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 9, 2015 | Al Weaver
    EXCERPT BAIER: That sounds like Nancy Pelosi. You’re going to find out after you pass it. MCCONNELL: No, no. It hadn’t been finalized yet. BAIER: But you passed it though… MCCONNELL: What Trade Promotion Authority is is a process to deal with it. The trade agreement will be completely transparent. We’ll have a chance to vote whether to approve it or not. BAIER: So all this criticism about we don’t know what’s in it yet, you discount that? MCCONNELL: I don’t buy that because the agreement hasn’t been finalized. What we’ve been voting on is a procedure that allows it...
  • McConnell backs away from judicial shutdown talk

    06/07/2015 6:49:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 6/6/15 | Alexander Bolton
    Mitch McConnell is denying there’s a shutdown on President Obama’s federal court nominees —despite comments the Senate majority leader made on Thursday indicating such a freeze. The clarification comes as several of McConnell’s GOP colleagues are working with the administration to fill circuit-court vacancies affecting their home states. In an interview with the conservative Hugh Hewitt show on Thursday, McConnell (R-Ky.) noted that the Senate so far this year has only confirmed federal district court nominees who had support from Republican senators. McConnell then predicted the trend would continue. “And do you expect that that will continue to be the...
  • Patriot Act Showdown Proves Mitch McConnell Has Lost Control of the Senate

    06/04/2015 5:10:54 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 6/4/15 | Jennifer Kerns
    A showdown in the U.S. Senate over the extension of the Patriot Act this week revealed divisions among the GOP on a core policy issue of national security – in particular, the collection and storage of bulk cellphone data. It also revealed a troubling picture of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell‘s leadership … or lack thereof. Sources on Capitol Hill, including lobbyists and top attorneys, have been saying for weeks that Sen. McConnell (R-Ky.) is a “timid” leader who is flailing in his new role. This week’s showdown within his own caucus underscores that point after an issue that could...
  • Rand Paul Is Following Ron Paul All the Way to a 2016 Loss

    06/04/2015 3:34:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 3, 2015 | Josh Kraushaar
    He’s turning out to be a lot like his father, unable or unwilling to adjust to changing political realities within his party.There are many reasons to be bullish about Rand Paul's unconventional campaign for president. He's relentlessly courting support from young voters and African Americans, making the explicit case that outreach can translate into wider support. He's embracing issues that Republicans usually don't dare touch, such as criminal-justice reform, drug decriminalization, and reining in government surveillance. And based on the early polls, he's finding himself in solid shape, running competitively against Hillary Clinton and in the top tier of Republican...
  • Ron Paul: My politics ‘probably helps [my son Rand] more than it hurts’

    06/04/2015 12:39:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics Blog ^ | June 2, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    Ron Paul, libertarian hero, three-time presidential candidate and father of senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said that his record will only help his son, who is currently running for president himself. "It probably helps more than it hurts," the former Texas congressman said on Ora TV's "PoliticKING," when asked whether his particular brand of politics would "hurt or help" Rand Paul. The elder Paul also said he believes his son has had a better time than he did overcoming an independent-minded bent, and that he has worked well within the establishment, unlike his father. "McConnell has endorsed him...
  • Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell's marriage of political convenience

    06/02/2015 6:16:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 2, 2015 | Lisa Mascaro
    The relationship between Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell has always been more a marriage of political convenience than heartfelt bromance, and it is being tested now like never before.. The two Republican senators represent divergent flanks of the Republican Party, often pulling in different directions, most recently over what to do with the nation’s domestic telephone surveillance program. Paul is the libertarian-leaning firebrand who temporarily shut down the government's bulk collection of Americans’ phone records. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is the establishment elder who believes surveillance is not infringing on privacy and should be preserved to catch terrorists. Paul...
  • Bevin pokes fun at 'tension' with McConnell, calls for help from GOP to defeat Conway

    05/31/2015 11:01:18 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 19 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/31/2015 | Nick Storm
    LEXINGTON — Two-thirds may not have been his crowd at the beginning of the night, but by the time state Republicans left Lexington’s Marriott Griffin Gate Saturday they at least had a dose of humor, and an attempt at reunification from freshly minted nominee Matt Bevin. U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell was back in Washington D.C., but that didn’t stop his one time rival from attempting to make light of potential tension between Bevin and McConnell at the statewide Republican Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday. A video was played to illustrate the true nature of the Bevin/McConnell relationship. Bevin, the former...
  • Why do Mitch McConnell and John Boehner act like they have a Denny Hastert problem?

    05/30/2015 5:22:35 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 75 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/30/15 | Newsmachete
    Everyone is innocent until proven guilty, blah blah blah. Now, having gotten that obligatory sentence out of the way, if Denny Hastert is guilty of molesting a young boy, that's simply terrible. But why do Mitch McConnell and John Boehner seem to be acting as though they might also be blackmailed? Consider how Boehner and McConnell have given in to Obama on all of the following: 1) 100% of his budget requests. 2) Fully funding Obamacare without any restraints. 3) Fully funding Obama's illegal amnesty without any restraints. 4) Raising the debt ceiling repeatedly without any restraints. 5) Effectively giving...